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French Culture Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

The European country of France is famous for its special culture. In this lesson, explore many cultural aspects of France including delicious food, inspiring artwork, religion, and entertainment.

Oh La La!

Would you like to travel to a country known for its delicious pastries, amazing art, and beautiful buildings? Let's head to France, a country in Europe with a very special culture. The French are very proud of their country, and as you will see there is quite a bit to be proud of!

Let's Start with Dessert

Who doesn't love to skip dinner and head straight for dessert? You will definitely want to do that in France! French bakeries are very common, and they are well-known for delicious pastries. These are sweet, baked desserts, often made with fruit or chocolate. For example, an eclair is a pastry filled with cream on the inside and covered with a layer of chocolate on the outside. Yum!

Maybe you would like dessert for breakfast? Most of the time a French breakfast is pretty simple, including just hot chocolate or coffee and croissants, a flaky and buttery pastry. However, no trip to France would be complete without tasting a delicious crêpe. A crêpe (pronounced with a short 'e' sound, like 'step') is a thin pancake made with flour, eggs, milk, and sugar. It is cooked on both sides and then stuffed with fillings like sweet cream or fruit.

In France, you can enjoy crepes for breakfast!
French food

Amazing Art

One very important part of French culture are visual arts, like paintings. One of the most famous art museums in the world is the Louvre, located in Paris. There are some pretty well-known pieces located in the Louvre, including the Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

The Louvre Museum in Paris is home to many famous works of art
Paris

A very special type of artistic technique originated in Paris in the mid-1800s. Painters, like Claude Monet, used small brush strokes in a type of painting called 'impressionism'. Many paintings by Monet and other impressionists, such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Mary Cassatt, are on display at the Louvre Museum.

Religion and Architecture

Religion is very important in French culture. Although there are many different religions represented in France, including Islam and Hinduism, most people in France identify as Christians. In particular, Roman Catholicism is the most commonly practiced form of Christianity.

Mont Saint-Michel is a beautiful historic Catholic building in France
French church

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