Category Archives: Culture (French)

“À LA CLAIRE FONTAINE”

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 FONTAINE” from […]

“AH ! VOUS DIRAI-JE, MAMAN”

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 […]

“LA FÊTE DES MÈRES”

This French Mother’s Day song — “LA FÊTE DES MÈRES” — is a perfect sing-along for young children and school classes to celebrate Mother’s Day. The song teaches children French vocabulary for things mothers do for their children as well as typical Mother’s Day gifts. The beautiful sentiment expressed in the song is a fitting […]

“LA CHANDELEUR”

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”

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 […]

“ON PARLE LE FRANÇAIS”

“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 all of the many countries in the world where French is spoken. This French children’s song — “ON PARLE FRANÇAIS” — composed by […]

“LA BARBICHETTE”

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”

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”

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 […]

“TAPENT, TAPENT PETITES MAINS”

In this fun and interactive traditional French children’s song, kids make different motions with their hands and arms. They clap their hands; they spin them like a windwill; they move them like a fish; they fly like a bird. The motions start out slowly, but get faster and faster until they are comically quick. The […]