Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Discover France with preschoolers through a book, an art activity, and a dessert that they can help make.
Preschool Geography: Discover France
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A Preschool Book About France

Everybody BonjoursEverybody Bonjours by Leslie Kimmelman illustrated by Sarah McMenemy is a great introduction to France for preschoolers. The text is designed for a very short attention span and most of the story is told in colorful illustrations. A big plus of the story is that the landmarks and highlights are chosen not from adult’s but from a young child’s point of view.

Look at the Maps

Map of France

I know that it’s early, but I always try to point out countries on the map of the world to Smarty and give her some comparison points. We learned that France is in Europe, that its capital is Paris, that it’s a neighbor to Germany where Papa is from and that I spent almost 2 years working there and living in Paris. We also learned that France is almost as big as Texas, the biggest continental state of the United States.

Preschool Art Project – the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Resist Painting
For the art portion I wanted to finally try a  resist painting. Smarty immediately recognized the Eiffel Tower on the page and got quite excited. I suggested using the colors of the French flag for the painting – it’s harder to produce “dirty brown” by mixing blue, red and white. She still gave a color mixing a good try. Interestingly, she was disappointed when I pulled the masking tape off – she said that she liked her Eiffel Tower blue.
Here is a fun memory from this project. My husband came home from work and said, Oh, you did the Eiffel Tower! I said, I am glad it’s recognizable, and he goes, Well, I know that you are talking about France, otherwise I would think that it’s a weird letter A.

A Super Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Easy Mousse Au Chocolat
Smarty was super excited to make a French dessert that featured her favorite ingredient – chocolate. Most of chocolate mousse recipes are a little involved, but we followed the recipe from Look What Came from France book, which is pretty similar to this egg-free chocolate mousse recipe that I found online. took minutes to make in our Magic Bullet, and, as you can see, Smarty enjoyed it a lot.

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14 comments:

MaryAnne said...

For an introduction to French artists, I recommend "Katie Meets the Impressionists" by James Mayhew. My mom gave it to us as a gift, and it's a fun story about a girl who steps into paintings in an art museum. I keep meaning to review it on my blog...

Christy said...

How fun! France is always my favorite place to visit in Epcot because they have the most delicious pastries.

Ticia said...

Oh my, Anna with all of that chocolate all over her. She looks like she's in heaven.

Pathfinder Mom said...

Ah, chocolate bliss!

I'm curious about seeing the tunnel as well. I visited France and England in 1986 before the tunnel as well. Someday!

Debbie said...

I love the picture of Anna with the chocolate all over herself!

Quirky Momma said...

Oh, Chocolate mousse sounds delish! I love how your geography lesson incorporated multiple senses

Adriana said...

Great French unit! Since we read Madeline, Diego asks a lot about Paris. I'll have to revisit your post when we "visit" France.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a fantastic way to learn about France!! I do hope you are able to keep your promise about the day trip through the tunnel as well. That would be so much fun!!!

Aging Mommy said...

Well I don't blame Anna for not wanting to see those paintings in a book - you will just have to take her to my favorite city one day to see them for real at Musee D'Orsay. When we lived in Belgium we took the train and tunnel back to England and it is a great way to travel, a lot less hassle than flying as you are in the heart of the city straight away. So you will have to do that too!

Joyful Learner said...

JC would love anything to do with chocolate! Anna looks like she's having a great time!

Elise said...

Making and eating a chocolate mousse sounds wonderful. It is lovely that Anna already has her sights set on travelling and is interested in visitng overseas destinations. But, I think the best part is that you are making it a goal to travel together.

Kelly said...

This is just so amazing to me. I live in Australia so Country hopping is just -- amazing.

totschooltotallyawesome said...

Such a fun way to learn about France :)

Mia said...

I love learning about other countries through food! Art is also a wonderful connection to make! Thanks so much Natalie for sharing your great resources for learning about other cultures and countries at the Multicultural Children's Book Day linky. We really appreciate your continued support of our day!