Category Archives: Culture (French)

À LA CLAIRE FONTAINE (At the Clear Fountain)

This beautiful, traditional French song — “À LA CLAIRE FONTAINE” — has been a beloved children’s song for centuries. A soothing quiet down song or lullaby, the song is perfect for the end of the day. This original arrangement by French composer, Didier Prossaird, is from the Whistlefritz CD CARNAVAL.  Song “À LA CLAIRE […]

AH ! VOUS DIRAI-JE, MAMAN (Oh, Shall I Tell You Mommy?)

In this traditional French children’s song — “AH ! VOUS DIRAI-JE, MAMAN” — the child complains to his mother that Daddy wants him to reason like a grown-up, but he thinks reasoning is overrated and candy is better than reason! This original arrangement of the traditional French song is from the Whistlefritz CD CARNAVAL. Song […]


What could be better than a day celebrating crepes? That’s exactly what happens on La Chandeleur! La Chandeleur is a fun and tasty French tradition associated with the February 2nd holiday of Candelmas. The French tradition involves the preparation of delicious crepes. This original French children’s song –“LA CHANDELEUR” — teaches kids French vocabulary for […]


La galette des rois — the “king cake” or “kings’ cake” — is a fun and tasty French tradition associated with the January 6th holiday of Epiphany.  According to tradition, the baker of the cake inserts la fève — a tiny charm or figurine — into the cake and then it is sliced.  The youngest […]


“In France, we speak French. That’s the country I’m from. But there are many other countries, you know, where they speak French too.” This fun call-and-response song teaches kids the names of many of the countries in the world where French is spoken. This French children’s song — “ON PARLE LE FRANÇAIS” — composed by […]


It’s time to dance, sing, and have a parade! It’s Carnaval! This high-energy French children’s song — “CARNAVAL” — teaches action words associated with the celebration of the season known as Carnaval. The song, composed by Didier Prossaird, is from the Whistlefritz CD CARNAVAL. Song “CARNAVAL” from the Whistlefritz CD CARNAVAL. CARNAVAL ©2018 Didier Prossaird All […]


Don’t giggle! This traditional French folksong is a fun musical game that begins with two kids holding each other’s goatees and staring at each other. The first one to laugh loses. Laughter is infectious as the players hold different parts of each other’s faces while trying to coax their partner into a smile or giggle. […]

SUR LE PONT D’AVIGNON (On The Bridge of Avignon)

This beloved traditional French folksong gives children a perfect opportunity to dress up and take part in the action, whether as a cook, carpenter, singer, police officer, conductor, musician, gentleman, lady, or child. The diverse members of the community all dance together on the famous bridge of Avignon teaching the French words for different jobs. […]

PROMENONS NOUS DANS LES BOIS (Let’s Walk Through the Woods)

Here comes the wolf! In this traditional French song and game, kids are going for a walk in the woods, but they have to be careful. If The Wolf is in the woods, he’ll eat them. So, kids cautiously take turns asking The Wolf what he’s doing to make sure they’ll be safe.   As long […]

TOMBE LA PLUIE (It’s Raining)

It’s raining. It’s pouring! How is everyone in the family reacting to the prospect of rain? French singer and composer, Emilie Moskal, has taken the first verse of this traditional French children’s song and created an entirely new, whimsical, and funny narrative detailing how the different members of the family vary in their reactions to […]