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Sport in French – Jouer au v Faire du

To do v to play Sport in French

Sport in French: Jouer au, à la, à l’ v Faire du, de la, de l’ + French names for Sport in a Video + English/French PDF Translation Exercise.
Practice in the 1st person, present tense.

Grammar:
1.  Use  FAIRE + du, de la, de l’
For sports that you do (e.g. swimming, cycling)

2.  Use JOUER au, à la
For ball sports (sports that you ‘play’ in English (e.g. football)

JOUER = to play (+ ball sports)
Je joue au +  masculine ball sports
e.g. le football:
Je joue au football = I play football

Je joue à la + feminine ball sports
e.g. la pétanque
Je joue à la pétanque = I play a type of French boules

FAIRE  = to do (+ sports without a ball)
Je fais du + masculine sports
e.g. le skate
Je fais du skate = I do skateboarding

Je fais de la + feminine sports
e.g. la natation
Je fais de la natation  = I do swimming

Je fais de l’ + M and F sports that start with a vowel
e.g. l’équitation (f)
Je fais de l’équitation = I go horse-riding

Present Tense of JOUER:   Je joue, tu joues, il/elle joue, nous jouons, vous jouez, ils/elles jouent
Present Tense of FAIRE:  Je fais, tu fais, il/elle fait, nous faisons, vous faîtes, ils/elles font

Examples of sporting activities in Spanish (without a ball):
La natation  –  Swimming
Le cyclisme  –  Cycling
Le surf  –  Surfing
La plongée  –  Diving
L’équitation (f) – Horseriding
L’aviron (m) –  rowing
Le skate  –  skateboarding
Le patinage sur glace – ice-skating

Examples of Ball Sports in French:
Le football  –  football/soccer
Le tennis  –  tennis
Le golf  –  golf
Le base-ball – baseball
Le basket  – basketball
Le tennis de table  –  table tennis
Le criquet  –  cricket
Le rugby  –  rugby
Le badminton – badminton
La pétanque – type of French boules

Downloadable PDF Worksheet:

To Do vs to Play Sport – English to French Translation Worksheet

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Sport in Spanish – Hago, Juego a

How to talk about Sport in Spanish

Hago deporte  =  I do sport
Juego a                 =  I play (+ ball sports)

Hacer =  to do     –  Hago = I do
Jugar
=  to play  –  Juego = I play

Sport in Spanish Vocabulary, Grammar, Video Clip + Worksheet for practice talking about sport in the 1st person, present tense:

JUGAR A = to play (+ ball sports)
a + el  =  al
Juego al fútbol  
= I play football

HACER  = to do (+ sports without a ball)
Hago   = I do
Hago natación  = I do swimming

Present Tense of JUGAR:   
Juego, juegas, juega, jugamos, jugáis, juegan
Present Tense of HACER:  
Hago, haces, hace, hacemos, hacéis, hacen

Vocabulary –  Ball Sports in Spanish:
El fútbol  –  football/soccer
El tenis  –  tennis
El golf  –  golf
El béisbol  –  baseball
El baloncesto  – basketball
El ping pong  –  table tennis
El críquet  –  cricket
El rugby  –  rugby

Useful vocabulary for ball sports:

El partido  = the match
El estadio  = the stadium
El jugador  =  the player
La cancha  = the court
El portero  =  the goal keeper

Vocabulary for Sport in Spanish without a ball:

La natación  –  Swimming
El ciclismo  –  Cycling
El surf  –  Surfing
El buceo  –  Diving
El remo –  rowing
El skate  –  skateboarding
El patinaje sobre hielo – ice-skating

Free downloadable PDF Worksheet:

Sport in Spanish – Jugar a v Hacer Deport Worksheet

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT in Spanish
Juego al fútbol.
Juego al tenis.
Juego al golf.
Juego al béisbol.
Juego al baloncesto.
Juego al rugby.
Juego al rugby pero prefiero el fútbol.
¿Dónde juegas al rugby?
Juego al rugby en la escuela.
Juego al fútbol.
¿Cuándo juegas al fútbol?
Juego al fútbol los fines de semana.
Juego al golf.
Juego al tenis.
¡Juego muy bien al tenis!
La pelota es para jugar al críquet.
La raqueta es para jugar al ping pong.
¿Quieres jugar al tenis?
No gracias. No quiero jugar al tenis. Solo quiero las pelotas.

HACER DEPORTE

Hago natación.
Hago ciclismo.
Hago surf.
Hago buceo.
Hago skate.
Hago patinaje sobre hielo.
Andar en skate es un deporte.
Hago skate todos los días.
Hago ciclismo.
¿Cuándo haces ciclismo?
Hago ciclismo durante las vacaciones.
Hago surf también.
¿Dónde haces surf?
Hago surf en el mar.
Hago natación una vez por semana.
En invierno hago patinaje sobre hielo.
¿Cuándo haces patinaje sobre hielo?
Hago patinaje sobre hielo en invierno.

JUGAR A  vs  HACER
¿Quién quiere jugar al tenis?
Si, quiero jugar al tenis.
No, no quiero jugar al tenis.
¿Quién quiere hacer yoga?
¡Yo sí! Quiero hacer yoga. Me encanta hacer yoga.
¡Yo no! No quiero hacer yoga. No me gusta.

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Talk about School in Spanish

School in Spanish Verb Practice

School in Spanish Resource for Children using verbs in the Present Tense to talk about different activities that happen during the school day.
Video Clip with Questions and Answers, + a free downloadable Worksheet.

¿Por qué voy a la escuela?
Why do I go to school?

Verbs used in the Resource:
hacer –  to do/to make
aprenderto learn
leerto learn
escribirto write
estarto be
ser to be
tenerto have
ir to go
esperarto wait
escucharto listen
trabajarto work
saltarto jump
repetirto repeat

Going to School in Spanish Free Worksheet

Going to School in Spanish Verb Practice Worksheet

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Video transcript in Spanish
Use this description for translation practice.  Then check your answers, paying particular attention to the verbs, by watching the video again.

¿Qué hacemos en la escuela?
Estoy bien en casa.
¡Tú y yo estamos bien en casa!

¿Por qué vamos a la escuela?
¿Qué hacemos en la escuela?
Yo soy un niño, así que …
Aprendo a leer.
Aprendo a escribir.
Tengo amigos.
¡Aprendemos a hacer cola!
Hacemos música.
Hacemos teatro.
Hacemos deporte.
Aprendemos a nadar.

¿Y tú, Billy?
¿Qué haces en tu escuela?
¡Hago cola con mis amigos!
Hago nuevos amigos en la escuela.
¡Trabajamos mucho!
Hacemos muchas cosas.
Aprendo a esperar.
Aprendo a escuchar.
Salto.
Voy en un túnel.
¡Repito y repito!

Después de la escuela estoy cansado.

Primary Spanish - Talk about School





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On + verbs to describe school in French

Talk about school in French

Grammar + Practice using ON + verbs in the 3rd person.
French verb practice
in a resource for beginners about what happens at school.  Video clip for listening practice + downloadable translation practice.
Qu’est-ce qu’on fait à l’école?
What do we do at school?
On travaille =  one, we, you, works
On is an impersonal subject pronoun, always used with verbs in the 3rd person singular.
On = we, one, you, people, someone … depending on the context.   

Useful expressions using ON:
On y va!  Let’s go!  (the ‘y’ = there, not needed or there in the English translation)
On ne fait pas ça!  Don’t do that!  (We don’t do that!)

French practice + video clip for beginners using ON + verbs to talk about what happens at school.
Read and translate the words below the video clips.

1.  Grammar + Description in French AND English:

2. Repeat in French (NO English audio):

Downloadable Translation Practice:

On + Verbs to talk about School – French Worksheet for Kids

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Video Transcript in French:
Use it for translation practice.  (Answers can be checked by watching the video clip and reading the subtitles)

Qu’est-ce qu’on fait à l’école?
Petit on reste à la maison.
On est bien à la maison!
Pourquoi on va à l’école?
On fait quoi à l’école?
On fait la queue!
On apprend.
On écrit.
On fait de la musique.
On fait du théâtre.
On fait du sport.
On a des cours de natation.
On a une salle de classe.
Et on fait des amis.

Qu’est-ce qu’on fait à l’école de chiens?
On fait la queue!
On apprend beaucoup de choses.
On travaille.
On attend.
On écoute.
On saute.
On va dans un tunnel!
On répète beaucoup!
On fait des amis.

Après l’école on est fatigué!

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El Barquito Chiquitito

El Barquitito Chiquitito is a traditional Spanish song for children.
Video clip, Lyrics, Actions, Easy Guitar Chords, English translation,
+ free Downloadable Worksheet.

Había una vez =  Once upon a time (There was once …)
Había una vez un barquito chiquitito
Once upon a time there was a little boat

 

Actions:
Sit facing a partner, hold hands and swing back and forth in time to the music:

Había una vez
un barquito chiquitito,
(There was once a little boat)
Había una vez
un barquito chiquitito,

Que no sabía,
That didn’t know,
que no podía,
that didn’t know how to (that couldn’t),
que no podía navegar.
that didn’t know how to sail.

STOP SWINGING!
Hold up your hands and
 count to 6 on your fingers whilst singing:

Pasaron un, dos, tres,
cuatro, cinco, seis semanas
1 2 3 4 5 6 weeks went by(x2)
Pasaron un, dos, tres,
cuatro, cinco, seis semanas …

Start swinging back and forth again:

Y aquel barquito,
y aquel barquito,
y aquel barquito navegó.

(And that little boat,
and that little boat,
and that little boat sailed away.)

Repeat!

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Here is another recording of El Barquito Chiquitito by A Green Mouse on iTunes which includes an English translation track:

More songs in Spanish:
A Green Mouse Spanish Songs

 

 

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Spanish Song – El Barquito Chiquitito Lyrics + Chords





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Spanish Song: Yo Me Muevo

‘Yo Me Muevo’ is a Spanish Action Song for Children:
Read the lyrics + translation.  Sing and join in with the actions on the Video Clip, moving forwards, backwards and side to side, before pretending to be a train, a car, a fish … in Spanish.

Refrain:
Yo me muevo hacia delante,
I move forwards,

yo me muevo hacia atrás.
I move backwards

Hacia un lado,      to one side,

hacia otro,              to another,

yo me muevo sin parar.
I move without stopping.

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Ahora soy un coche
Now I am a car …

Ahora soy un pez 
Now I am a fish

Ahora soy la nube
Now I am the cloud …

Ahora soy un tren 
Now I am a train …

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Refrain:
Yo me muevo hacia delante,
yo me muevo hacia atrás.
Hacia un lado, 
hacia otro, 
yo me muevo sin parar.

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Ahora voy despacio
Now I go slowly

¡Ahora correré!
Now I will run!

¡Ahora voy cojeando,
Now I am limping

porque me duele un pie!
Because my foot is hurting

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Repeat …

 

 

For more free song recordings go to:
A Green Mouse Spanish Songs

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Spanish Song: En la Granja de Pepito

En la Granja de Pepito is the Spanish version of the English nursery rhyme, Old Macdonald had a Farm.
Learn + Sing Animal Names in Spanish.

Join in with the Video Clip. Read the Lyrics.

En la Granja de Pepito = On Little Joseph’s Farm.
José = Joseph
Pepe is the nickname for José ..
Pepito = Little Pepe, i.e.  Little Joseph.

Refrain:
En la granja de Pepito X2

con  (with)
con el burro                 with the donkey

con el cocodrilo      with the crocodile

con el perro              with the dog

con el gato                 with the cat

con el gallo                with the cockerel

con el caballo           with the horse


For more practice talking about animals try this:

Animals in Spanish

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For more free song recordings go to:
A Green Mouse Spanish Songs





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Il était un petit navire

Il était un petit navire

Gentle French nursery rhyme with lots of repetition about a little boat that sets sail for the first time.
Here is the first verse of this 16th Century French song with simple actions, lyrics and a video to join in with:

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Read the lyrics and join in with the video clip, or go to iTunes for the song + an English translation track:

 

 

Actions:
Verse:  Sit facing a partner, feet touching and holding hands, rocking back and forth in time with the music.
Chorus:  Stop and raise a hand to your forehead to look out to sea.

Verse:
Il était un petit navire
Il était un petit navire

Qui n’avait ja- ja- jamais navigué
Qui n’avait ja- ja- jamais navigué

Ohé, Ohé!

Chorus:
Ohé Ohé matelot,
matelot navigue sur les flots
Ohé, Ohé matelot,

matelot navigue sur les flots.

Translation:
There was a little boat
There was a little boat
Which had never sailed
Which had never sailed.

Ahoy, Ahoy sailor,
sailor sails upon the waves.
Ahoy, ahoy sailor,
sailor sails upon the waves.

For more free French song recordings go to:
A Green Mouse French Songs





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Le Furet Song + Activities

Il court le furet

Favourite French nursery rhyme, often used during games such as ‘Pass the Parcel’ and other games which are explained below.
Study the lyrics and join in with the video clip.
Try out the French games:
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Traditionally ‘Le Furet’ is also sung during the following more active French games for children: 
1.
Choose a child to be the ferret in the middle of a circle of children.  Ask those in the circle to hold onto a piece of string with their hands, both of which should be behind their backs.
Threaded onto the string is a ring which is passed from one child to the next as the children sing the nursery rhyme and move around in a circle.
‘The ferret’ tries to work out who is holding the ring and when he/she guesses correctly, he/she swaps places with the child who then becomes the ferret.

2.
A child is chosen to be the ferret and all the other children hold hands and walk around him/her in a circle singing:
Il court il court le furet
le furet du bois, Mesdames.
Il court, il court le furet,
le furet du bois joli.
Then, still holding hands, the children lift up their arms to make space for ‘the ferret’ to pass underneath, zigzaging in and out of the circle.   During this time the following refrain is sung several times:
Il est passé par ici,
il repassera par là! 
Finally the children cry ‘il dort!(he is sleeping), and the ferret curls up in the middle of the circle.
Children take it in turns to be the ferret.

The Words:
Il court, il court le furet,
Le furet du bois, Mesdames.
Il court, il court, le furet,
Le furet du bois joli.

Refrain:
Il est passé par ici.
 Il repassera par là.

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Translation:
The ferret runs, it runs,
The ferret of the wood, Ladies & Gentlemen.
The ferret runs, it runs,
The ferret from the pretty wood.

Refrain:
He has passed by here
He will pass by again over there.

 

 


For more free French song recordings go to:
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Au, à, aux + à, en – Worksheet

French Worksheet:
Au, à la, à l’, aux + à and en

Au, à, à l’, aux + à and en  gap-fill exercise to learn French prepositions for location + transport.  This practice links to the following French grammar + video clip:
French Prepositions for location + transport 
Complete the sentences (after working with the video)  by filling in all the missing prepositions:

Worksheet – French Prepositions – à, au, aux + à and en

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Free Worksheet Download

 

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Daily Routine in Spanish Worksheet

 – Change all the verbs into the 1st person present tense.
 – Write down the words in Spanish for all the different times. 
Complete the worksheet (which can be downloaded below) after studying the information and working with the video clip in the following listening resource:  Daily Routine in Spanish.

Daily Routine in Spanish Worksheet

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Free Downloadable PDF:
Daily Routine in Spanish Worksheet

Answers can be checked by returning to the video clip:
Daily Routine in Spanish

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Las Fallas

About Las Fallas

Las Fallas is a Spanish Festival which has UNESCO World Heritage status and takes place in Valencia, Spain.
This extraordinary family festival is planned for throughout the year, with important events and celebrations that lead up to the big festival which takes over the whole city for 5 days.
It culminates in a huge fiesta when the fallas are set fire to and there is an enormous firework display on the night of 19th March,  St Joseph’s Day:  El día de San José.
The video clips and video transcript below explain the main details of the festival.  Find out about:
– The fallas statues and their history
– The ninots – Little figures on the fallas 
– The parades of falleros and falleras carrying flowers
– The gunpowder displays (mascletàs).

Valencia is known as the city of gunpowder:
Wherever you go during the period of Las Fallas, especially in the early morning during  la Despertà  and at lunchtime during  la Mascletà , you will hear the noise of gunpowder,  and firecrackers are set off by people all over the city.
The biggest, noisiest gunpowder display happens at midday on 19th March.  It is called  El Terremoto  –  The Earthquake!

Repeat in Spanish AND English:

Repeat with NO English subtitles OR audio:

Downloadable PDF Worksheet

Las Fallas – Reading:Translation Practice with Questions – PDF Worksheet

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Video Transcript in Spanish:

Gente disfrutando del sol,
Petardos por todos lados …
¿Qué pasa?

¡Estamos en Valencia para las Fallas!
¡Es una fiesta ruidosa y maravillosa!
Por toda Valencia hay escenas como esta …
¡Y durante varios días!
¡La pólvora es una tradición valenciana!

¡Esto es una falla!
Cada barrio construye una grande y una falla infantil.
La costumbre viene de las figuras que hacían los carpinteros con su ‘basura’ de invierno.
¡Hay premios y competiciones!
Las Fallas y sus NINOTS incluyen chistes y comentarios sobre la vida y la política.
Por ejemplo, esta falla se dedica a Grecia.
¡Y en el año de esta falla no se siente bien!

¡Todos los niños tienen tres días de vacaciones!
Las Fallas reune a todos.
Mira la peineta de las falleras.
¡Mucho trabajo!
Miles de falleros y falleras desfilan por las calles.
Las falleras llevan ramos de flores,
Los falleros también …
Flores para la manta de la Virgen de los Desamparados.

El día más importante es el Día de San José,
El 19 de marzo:
¡Al mediodía ocurre la más grande ‘mascletà’ de todas!
¡Durante la noche hay una fiesta enorme!
¡Con fuegos artificiales por todos lados!
Y queman las fallas.
Se llama, en valenciano, la NIT DEL FOC.

Rescatan los mejores NINOTS para el museo:
¡Yoda!
¡Los Picapiedras!
¿Reconocen estas figuras?
¡Y mira este chico!
¡Por favor!

VALENCIAN VOCABULARY:
(notice that Valencian accents go the opposite way to normal Spanish accents)

La Despertà   –  Gunpowder early in the morning to announce the Fallas
La Mascletà   –  Gunpowder at midday to announce the Fallas
La plantà       – Time when the fallas are officially put into place
El llibret        – The booklet attached to each falla to explain its theme
La Nit del Foc –  The firework celebrations on 19th March
La cremà       –  The burning of the fallas
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El Terremoto  – The biggest Mascletà, 19th March (an earthquake of noise!)!
La Ofrenda    –  The parade & offering of flowers to the Virgen de los Desamparados

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Por and Para Worksheet

Por and Para worksheet

Spanish Gap Fill Exercise for practice after studying the following grammar + video clip:  Por and Para Practice

Comparisons in Spanish Gap Fill Worksheet

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Note:
In the video clip a student has balloons for/para her birthday and is walking with them because of/por friends (they were tied onto the rucksack by them).
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Check and understand the difference in meaning between the following sentences:
Camino con globos PARA mis amigos
= I walk with balloons for my friends
And:
Camino con globos POR mis amigos
= I walk with balloons because of my friends

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Free downloadable PDF Worksheet:

 

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Spanish reflexive verb worksheet

Spanish Reflexive Verb Worksheet

Free Spanish Worksheet for use in conjunction with the following Grammar, Story + Video Clip: Reflexive verbs in Spanish

1.  Translate the list of Reflexive Verbs (in the infinitive) into English.

2.  Complete the Worksheet by using the correct person + pronoun of each reflexive verb in the present tense to translate the English verbs in the story below.

(1) REFLEXIVE VERBS IN THE STORY:
despertarse
lavarse
cepillarse los dientes
vestirse
apurarse
preocuparse  
ocuparse        
enamorarse
sentarse
llamarse
encontrarse    
ponerse
encargarse     
acostarse
escaparse
permitirse
enfadarse 
divertirse
esconderse

THE DAY THE PUPPIES WERE BORN (In Spanish):
(Answers can be checked by watching the video again)

Spanish Reflexive Verb Practice Gap Fill Worksheet

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KS2 French workshops: Alliance Française, Manchester

Published 23rd October 2013

Rusty French? Lacking in confidence?  These workshops might help …
A Green Mouse has been asked to pass on the following information from the Alliance française:

“In partnership with the French Institute in London, the Alliance française de Manchester is organising a series of 6 workshops to support any practitioners involved in teaching French in Key Stage 2, especially class teachers and teaching assistants, who would like to get started with French or to use it more regularly in the classroom, from 14th January 2014 onwards.

These workshops are aimed at practitioners who have little or no knowledge of French, including those who feel rusty and lack the confidence to use their French in the classroom and will be led by Catherine Cheater, renowned trainer both nationally and internationally, and author of Catherine Cheater Schemes of Work for French.

With a maximum of 20 participants, these sessions of 3 hours each aim to be friendly, supportive and fun. As such, participants need not feel anxious about their level of French. Handouts with key language will be provided at each session.

For further information on dates and times, please refer to the following link on our website:
KS2 French Workshops ”

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Singing helps with Language Learning

Read the following article, published 18/07/13, to consider how helpful it can be to sing in a foreign language:

Daily Telegraph/science-news

Hopefully research like this will encourage more families to search out interesting songs and nursery rhymes in other languages to sing with their young children.  Of course there is far more to learning a language, but singing really can help to loosen those vocal chords!

French songs for children

Spanish songs for children

Easter Egg Activity

A wonderful Easter activity is to blow eggs and paint them.
Try to get hold of white eggs if possible.
Drill small holes carefully through both ends of the raw egg, either with a fine drill or by gently pushing and twisting a pin or a thin skewer slowly through the shell:

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Blowing Eggs 3

Blow the raw egg out (the smaller the hole, the harder it will be to blow the egg out!) and then dye  with food colouring.
Ideas:
–  Drip blobs of hot candle wax onto the egg before dyeing or before adding another colour.  Then pick them off after the egg is dry.
–  Draw on the egg with a wax crayon before or after dyeing.
–  Painting over the dye is fun too, like this little pig (petit cochon) chosen because of all the chocolate eaten over Easter!

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Pâte à sel is another fantastic activity for the Easter holidays.  Why not make a figure like the angry bird in this picture but make the eyebrows friendly and paint it yellow to make an Easter chick instead?!

The instructions, including a video clip, are available here:  the recipe

Angry bird in Easter eggs!

For quick access to all the free resources go to:
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Spanish Resources

Thought for the day!

Broadcast on the BBC Today Programme, 24th January 2013:
“Music and singing should be central to education and children’s lives” …

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We all want our little guys to fly …!

Music and singing are excellent for introducing sounds in other languages.
A Green Mouse is creating and sharing free French and Spanish listening practice for any child:
Songs for young children, and many video resources to link sound to words in accessible visual contexts for early listening and speaking practice.
Here is an example of one of the songs:

Mis Manitas