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French online games & apps

Play & Learn French on line literacy  -math, shapes, alphabet, etc.- games online  (available in English too!)  Sound required.  French is fun:)      

Hello-World – Click on  the French button for games, activities, and songs

Chillola – Welcome to the wonderful world of chillola.com where you can learn your first words in French. You can print out activities, participate in the kids’ gallery and learn about different countries, cultures and people. This site is designed for kids and their parents to encourage language learning, and to have great fun with foreign languages. Sound required

Zone des petits
A variety of french games

Zone de jeux pour les petits
TÉLÉ-QUEBEC A variety of games

Rayon de livres do Bop!
Alphabet games

BBC Primary Languages
Learn vocabulary with fun online games

Il était une histoire…
Children’s short stories, fables, and poems that include auditory, visual, and the follow-along aiding feature for reading.

Lexique Fre
Learn French vocabulary, etc. (website is written all in French)

Le Carnaval de Quebec
French/ English games, information, activities about the Quebec winter carnival

Les jeux de Lulu
A large selection of French online games for kids

Language Lab
Learn to speak French with Roller and his mates (BBC kids)

French Activities with M. Renaud
Resources and activities for parents and students!

Internet Picture Dictionary: French
French words and activities to practice French vocabulary

Bob’s Place of Educational Links- French
A list of other French websites and resources

Simple games from the popular TV show with great graphics. (Sound required)

Poisson Rouge
Interactive French game

French iPad / iPhone apps (games)

Language Games French (By Christian Stahl)
LinguPingu (Elevision GmbH)
Animals iSpy Junior (Toytek)
KIDpedia Interactive Learning (Circle Visual Design)
KIDpedia Interactive Alphabet (Circle Visual Design)
Tout Petits (llmasoft)
Learn French and Play 1, 2 and 3 (Bacarox)
French Bubbles Lite (Spark so)
play2learn French HD (ClearVision Sp)
French Numbers (Erasmos Inc.)
Learn French Quick (Lucidifi)
French Baby Flash Cards (eFlashApps)
My World Drench for iPad (7HillsStudios)
French Word Wizard (L’Escapadou)
French Words for Kids (L’Escapadou)
ABC Circus French (Joy Preschool Games)
Learn French (eFlashApps)
Tic Toc: Learn French (Tinoon)
Learn French (INKids)
ABC French Alphabet Puzzles for Kids (Codegent) 
Flash Cards French Free (FunFunSoft)
Learn French with Penyo Pal Food Frenzy (Penyo Pal)
My First French Words (Alexandre Minard)

French songs

Famous French songs (Frère Jacques, Alouette, Au clair de la lune, …)

1) Frère Jacques – perhaps one of the most widely translated and borrowed French songs for kids, Frère Jacques is a fun children’s about a friar who must wake up to ring the morning bells.  While the translation is taken loosely in other languages to suggest that the friar is still asleep despite ringing bells, it is nonetheless fun to sing.  The melody is traditionally sung as a round, meaning one person starts, and when they reach the next set of lyrics, another person joins in from the beginning.

2) Alouette – while not entirely the friendliest of songs, because it depicts someone plucking the feathers off an annoying lark, this song’s melody is ubiquitous, sounding in many nursery toys without lyrics as well.  It also experiences numerous lyric substitutions to fill in almost anywhere as a catchy jingle.  The song is cumulative, which means each verse adds on to the previous, similar to “The 12 Days of Christmas”

3) Au clair de la lune – literally, “By the Light of the Moon,” this song is generally considered a lullaby today, but carries an adult-themed double meaning as well, about a candle going out, the need to rekindle a flame, and the God of Light.  Dating back to the 18th century, Au Clair de la Lune makes appearances in many entertainment genres, and in classical compositions as well.

4) A la claire fontaine – a simple song melodically, using just four notes of a pentatonic scale, this folk melody repeats a refrain about love: “Long have I loved you, Never will I forget you;” an easy phrase for children to pick up on.  A closer look at the lyrics shows a theme of love lost, which makes this another children’s song with adult connotations.  Dating back to possibly the early 1600s, A la claire fontaine also appears in numerous films and live entertainment.

5) A vous dirais-je maman – sung to the common English tune “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or the “Alphabet Song,” a vous dirais-je maman preceded both as a classic French children’s song prior to the 18th century.  A child pursues the sympathy of his mother, praising the merits of candies over the father’s desire for the child to grow up.  The tune was also picked up by Mozart for use in his piano variations.




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