Corps et âmes
Enroulez le fil
J’ai un pied qui remue
La danse du Limousin
Le boogie woogie
Têtes, épaules, genoux et pieds
Last updated: 1/6/2016 2:10 PM
The songs below are part of ‘Hop-là!’ The French collection
compiled, adapted, translated and illustrated by Dany Rosevear
To watch the author sing a song click on the title at:
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Enroulez le fil O
Familiar in English nurseries as ‘Wind the bobbin up’ and in the USA as ‘Wind, wind sugar baby’ (push pull, clap, clap, clap) this singing game originates from Denmark where it is known as ‘The shoemaker’s dance’.
Move other parts of the body and learn their names in French. Play at different speeds.
Watch at: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xg3mma_enrouler-le-fil_school where large and small movements are made.
To begin form two circles one inside the other with partners facing each other.
J’ai un pied qui remue O
This is a popular children’s game in both Normandy and Brittany.
Begin in a circle. Repeat this game turning different parts of the body: épaules, bras, main, genoux etc. Encourage the children to suggest different clapping patterns.
La danse du Limousin O
Another song to help identify the French names given to different parts of the body.
Watch a simple version at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzbQnrD2XCA&feature=related.
The one below is much more challenging and fun!
La Lanverne O
Who dances the best? Dance using different parts of the body.
La tapette O
Identify and name parts of the body while tapping the pulse of the music.
La toumba O
Learn the difference between right and left as well as body vocabulary in this ‘fun’ song.
Watch another game at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W65GJvUXc9g
After the first few times allow a child to choose the body part and left or right direction and to give instructions to the others.
Le boogie woogie O
Familiar in Britain as ‘The hokey cokey’, this adapted French version will soon enable children to recognise the French names for different parts of the body.
Watch another version at:
Lou Branle O
The branle is a medieval dance with a circular formation, popular in the reigns of LouisVII and Louis XIV. This particular dance is from Poitou.
Pied petitou O
Learn the French names for parts of the face as well as the body.
Pimpé, Pimpé O
Poor Pimpé has broken his leg! This song from the Occitaine, an area that encompasses much of Southern France and the border areas of Italy and Spain, is another opportunity to learn the names of parts of the body.
Played simply children can hop on one foot and then the other either on their own or with a partner. In the game below children make a circle ‘Pimpé’ stands in the centre.
More familiar to English ears as ‘Here we go Looby Loo’.
Everyone holds hands in a circle, each child stands next to a partner.
Tête, épaules, genoux et pieds O
A perennial favourite in English, French and other European nurseries. A great way to introduce parts of the body in the French language.
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