Un, deux, trois
À la ronde jolie
Un kilomètre à pied
Un petit bonhomme
Violette à bicyclette
Last updated: 10/2/2018 10:38 AM
The songs below are part of ‘Hop-là!’ The French collection
compiled, adapted, translated and illustrated by Dany Rosevear
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À la ronde jolie O
An ‘all fall down’ game for the very youngest.
Hold hands in a circle.
Passez pompons O
Similar to ‘Passe, passe, passera’ this is another ‘farandole’ or conga dance. Watch children playing it as a circle game at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apT0mhiUObs Here it is played like ‘Oranges and lemons’.
Two players choose a colour, a bird or a flower. They then make an arched doorway holding hands aloft. The other players pass under in time to the rhythm of the song. On ‘Le clef’ the door closes imprisoning a child inside. The captive chooses a colour then stands on that side of the doorway. At the end of the game the two sides try to draw the other into their own territory. The longest line is likely to prove the strongest!
Pronounced ‘Pam - pon - ee - ky’. Here is another opportunity to practice names of numbers in French. This song was recorded by the famous children’s author la Comptesse de Segur (1799-1874).
Listen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyeD31wbwIQ
Choose a child, ‘Pimpanicaille’, to stand in the centre of the circle.
Grasshopper lives on the edge of the field, jump with him while learning the French numbers names.
Un kilomètre à pied O
This vigorous marching and counting song is great for movement outside, especially when on a countryside walk. Learn the numbers to ten, twenty or even more!
Keep it simple for younger children and omit the second part: ‘Encore…’ etc. as quick tongues are required. Older children can make up their own clapping pattern using different parts of the body. See Unit 2 Jeux et chansons QCA 2007 for further activities linked to this song.
Listen to Madame Jackson’s Chicago French class sing this song: http://people.ucls.uchicago.edu/~djackso/3rdGrade/unkilometre.htm
Un petit bonhomme O
A little man goes for a walk in the woods and catches a cold. Others join him with the same consequence. Learn the French names of numbers in this simple song.
Younger children might just stroll around the room jumping three times on ‘Atchoum!’
Violette à bicyclette O
Mime an imaginary bike ride in this simple counting song. Stop between each verse with the command ‘Tournez à droite’, ‘Tournez à gauche’ or ‘Arrête!’
Replace ‘Violette’ with a child’s name and ‘bicyclette’ with ‘taxi’ or ‘autobus’ etc.
Listen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvgbGHaI9Fw
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