Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.
French Art Activities for Kids
The culture of France is unique and alluring. Between the yummy bread and cheese to the groundbreaking fashion and architecture, many believe that the French way of life can't be beat. These activities bring a bit of France to the classroom and will have your students shouting, 'Vive la France'!
Popsicle Stick Eiffel Tower Activity
The Eiffel Tower is a popular symbol for the country of France. This fun activity gives students a bit of knowledge about this Parisian structure and allows students to create a model.
- Assorted images of the Eiffel Tower
- A list of facts about the Eiffel Tower
- Heavy cardboard cut into 6x6 inch squares
- Popsicle sticks
- Fast-drying clear glue
- Acrylic paints
- Begin by displaying the images of the Eiffel Tower for the class.
- Review key facts about the Eiffel Tower for the class.
- Instruct the students to use the images as a guide in the construction of a small model of the Eiffel Tower. Students should use the cardboard as a base and the Popsicle sticks and glue to build the structure.
- When the students have finished building their models of the Eiffel Tower, have them paint them with the acrylic paints to resemble the original.
Flag of France Activity
The flag of France is a simple yet powerful design, symbolizing the strength of the people following the French Revolution. Students will recreate the flag in this hands-on activity.
- Images of the flag of France
- A list of facts about the flag and its origins
- Poster board in red, white, and blue
- Fine-tipped markers
- Display the images of the French flag for the class.
- Review the critical facts about the French flag for the class.
- Ask students to use the images on display in the classroom as a guide in the creation of their own French flags using the poster board and glue.
- When each student has finished constructing their model of the French flag, have them use the fine-tipped markers to write a simple poem on the flag based on what they learned about it and its significance.
French Masters Art Collage Activity
France is known for producing highly skilled and influential artists. This activity builds upon the well-known works of the masters.
- A list of famous French artists along with images of their key works
- Full color photocopies of miniature images of fine art created by the French masters (this can be created by copying and pasting 10-15 images per page from the Internet)
- Oversized construction paper
- Acrylic paints
- Host a brief class discussion where you introduce each French master, provide a bit about their life and work, and allow students to ask related questions.
- Distribute the construction paper to the class, one sheet per student.
- Tell students to cut out the photocopied images from the French masters, using them to create a collage on their papers.
- Once the students have finished their collages, have them use the acrylic paints to embellish them with a French flair.
French Paper Dolls Activity
French fashion is renowned throughout the world. This simple activity gives students the opportunity to design haute couture styles of their own.
- French fashion magazines
- A list of famous French fashion designers along with photographs of their creations
- Copy paper
- Begin by asking students to flip through the French fashion magazines for inspiration.
- Review the list of well-known French fashion designers with the class.
- Tell students to create a paper doll using the card stock. This paper doll will serve as the model for their fashion creations.
- Challenge students to use what they learned about French fashion to create an outfit for their paper doll using the copy paper, markers, and scissors.
- Allow students to share their fashion creations with their peers.
Map of France Wallet Activity
The geography of France ranges from pastoral to urban. Maps of France quickly become useful wallets in this engaging activity.
- Maps of France
- A billfold
- Clear tape
- Distribute the maps of France to the class, one to each student.
- Review key geographical areas on the map with the class.
- Display the billfold for the class before passing it around for students to touch and examine.
- Tell students to use their maps of France to create a billfold for themselves by folding the map into sections and securing it with tape.
French Menu Activity
French food is known for being among the tastiest on Earth. This activity asks students to assemble a menu of yummy French treats that they would like to try.
- French cookbooks
- Large sheets of card stock in assorted colors
- Food magazines
- Begin by placing the students into pairs.
- Give each pair a French cookbook to explore.
- Have each pair create a French menu for an imaginary restaurant based on what they learned about French food in the cookbook. The pairs should list and describe the menu items they've chosen. They may also include images cut from the food magazines.
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