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Autumn + Harvest in French

Harvest Time in French

Learn the different names for harvest in French:
La Récolte      – for harvesting fruit
La Moisson     – for harvesting corn
La Vendange  – for harvesting grapes

La Rentrée  the first day of the new school year

Short French sentences in the 3rd person present tense describe the weather and activities during early Autumn in French.
French Video Clip, Vocabulary +  Worksheet for reading and translation practice and an Online Quiz.


les tournesols(m) sunflowers
les mûres
(f)            blackberries (fruit)
les champignons(m) mushrooms
les marrons(m)    chestnuts / conkers
le maïs            corn
le beurre        butter
l’école(f)        school
la rentrée       the beginning of the school year

Verbs + Weather terms:

J’adore                  I love
C’est                      it is
Il fait chaud        it is hot
il fait froid          it is cold
il pleut                  it rains
il y a                       there is/there are
on voit                  one sees/ one can see
on dit                    one says
il s’agit de …      it is about/ to do with

Quel temps fait-il?   What is the weather like?

–  It’s the start of the new school year.  As it is time to get that pencil case ready, here is the vocabulary + practice:


PDF Worksheet

Online Quiz

This quiz is also available on its own separate page:
Online Quiz

Video Transcript in French:

(Translate it into English and check it against the video clip)

Le mois de septembre
C’est le mois de septembre.
Il y a des tournesols.
Regardez le maïs.  J’aime bien avec du beurre et un petit peu de sel!
J’adore le maïs!
C’est la rentrée des classes.
Déjà les marronniers changent de couleur.
Les enfants aiment les marrons!
Quel temps fait-il?
Souvent il fait chaud.
Quelquefois il fait froid.
De temps en temps il pleut.
Ceci est un blackberry…
Ceci aussi, mais en français on dit ‘mûre’!
Il y a encore des mûres.
Dépêchez-vous!  Elles sont bonnes.
On voit toujours des champignons au mois de septembre.
Attention!  Sont-ils vénéneux?
On dit ‘la récolte’ quand il s’agit de fruit.
On dit ‘la moisson’ quand il s’agit de maïs.
On dit ‘la vendange’ quand il s’agit de raisins.
Oh là là! Les tomates ne sont pas mûres!
Alors, c’était bien l`école?

1.  What do the following mean?
– Souvent
– Quelquefois
– De temps en temps

2.  Translate the following into French:
It is often hot
It rains sometimes
Sometimes it’s cold

3.  What are the three different names for Harvest in French?
Write them down in French.  Then write what they mean in English:
a) …
b) …
c) …

Autumn in French for children: Harvest!
Toadstool =  Champignon vénéneux

Recipe for Pâte à Sel

Pâte à Sel Recipe + Instructions:

French children know all about ‘pâte à sel’. It is an excellent activity for anyone, and the recipe is easy.
Put aside the play dough or plasticine for a while, introduce children to ‘pâte à sel’, and enjoy the wonderful creations.
Creations made out of pâte à sel will last for years.

The Recipe:

Pâte à sel ingredients:
1 cup salt
1 cup warm water
2 cups flour
(make sure the same cup-size is used for all ingredients)

Basic Kit:
rolling pin
tooth picks (for decorating, making shapes, and for sticking shapes to each other)
tin foil – for filling out the inside of larger models to make sure they cook thoroughly
paint brush – use with tiny amounts of water to stick shapes together & for wetting the dough
acryllic paints and different-sized brushes for painting the finished models
wood varnish


Mix the salt and flour together first, then slowly add the water and work to a smooth workable paste.  If it is too sticky add a little more flour and salt which you should mix together first.

The dough will be easier to work with if the atmosphere is quite humid, and will dry out more quickly if it is a dry day.  Have a paint brush handy to brush the mixture with a little water if it starts drying out.  Also keep cling film or a plastic bag nearby to wrap the spare dough in, either while you are working with just some of the dough, or if you need a break.  (The dough can be kept for several days in an airtight bag – just brush it with a little water to get it going again)

Be as inventive as you wish in your design, choice of materials, implements, food colouring etc..

Useful Tip:
If you want to dangle your creation, make a hole in it before you cook it, and don’t make it too heavy.

Pâte à sel - French activity for Children
Pâte à sel – French activity for Children

Cooking time:
Very slow oven (100 degrees) for several hours.  Turn the models over during cooking and make sure they are thoroughly dried out on both sides.
Give the finished models 1-2 coats of wood varnish to preserve them.  And finally, leave the varnish to dry for 24 hours.

 Pâte à sel can be as intricate and detailed as you like:
are a fun, easy thing to start with.  Children like making the number for their age and then decorating it with a few tiny flowers and shapes.

In the video below you will see an angry bird being made!


My pencil case in French

My Pencil Case in French

Learn the vocabulary for items in a pencil case and their gender:   Short sentences in French introduce pencil case items using the 1st person from the verb Avoir + an indefinite article (un, une, des):
J’ai un crayon     – I have a pencil
J’ai une gomme  – I have a rubber
J’ai des cartouches – I have some cartridges

Qu’est-ce qu’il y a dans ma trousse?
What is in my pencil case?

Listen and join in with the video clip.
Do the  Online Quiz and complete the Worksheet.

Pencil Case Vocabulary:

Mes affaires (fpl)  my things
La trousse (f)        the pencil case
La gomme (f)        the rubber
La colle (f)             the glue
La règle (f)             the ruler
La cartouche (f)   the cartridge
Les cartouches (fpl) the cartridges

Le sac à dos (m)   the rucksack
Le stylo (m)            the pen
Le crayon (m)        the pencil
Le taille-crayon (m)
the pencil sharpener

Le stylo à bille (m) the biro
Le crayon de couleur (m)
the coloured pencil

Les crayons de couleur (mpl)
the coloured pencils
Les ciseaux (mpl) the scissors

La Rentrée!  =  The start of the new school year in French.

Do you care what kind of pencil case you have? Is there a latest trend? Why? Does it matter? Consider these questions to get more involved in the subject matter ..!
Possessive Adjectives …  I don’t want anyone to touch MY pencil case:
Ma trousse(f) = My pencil case!
I don’t want anyone to touch my rucksack:
Mon sac à dos(m) = My rucksack!

de la colle = some glue


Online Quiz

This quiz is also available on its own separate page here:
 Online Quiz

To learn how to use AVOIR in different situations go to:
Avoir Practice:  J’ai 

What's in your pencil case in French?

Biscuit Recipe in French

Biscuit Recipe in French

Follow two children as they make ‘happy face’ biscuits with commentary in French.
– Learn French cooking vocabulary
– Video clip + Description in French of two children making biscuits
– Easy biscuit recipe
– Gap Fill PDF Worksheet

The Recipe:

ingredients                  les ingrédients
175g butter                 175g de beurre
175g sugar                   175g de sucre
350g plain flour          350g de farine
1 beaten egg                 un oeuf battu
vanilla essence            de la vanille 

Mix the butter and sugar. Add the flour. Add the egg and vanilla.  Mix the dough with a little milk.  Oven Temp: 180C. Time: 12-15mns


Mélangez le beurre et le sucre.  Ajoutez la farine.  Ajoutez l’oeuf et la vanille.   Mélangez la pâte avec un peu de lait. Température du four: 180C
Temps de cuisson: 12-15mns

French Cooking Vocabulary:

la farine          the flour
le sucre           the sugar
le beurre         the butter
la pâte             the dough/pastry
la cuisson       the cooking
le four             the oven
le glaçage       the icing
la confiture    the jam
la vaisselle     the washing-up
temps de cuisson (m)  cooking time

Downloadable Gap Fill Translation PDF Worksheet

Video transcript in French:

La Recette
200g de farine,
150g de sucre,
150g de beurre

Température du four 180C

Maintenant regardez et écoutez:
Un frère et une soeur font des biscuits.
Le frère roule la pâte.
Il fait des visages!
Il met les biscuits dans le four.
Temps de cuisson:  10 à 15 minutes.
Les biscuits sont cuits.
Le garçon sort les biscuits du four.
Sa soeur met du glaçage sur chacun, et de la confiture.
Elle finit les biscuits.
Le premier biscuit est terminé.
Ils ont l’air bon!
Maintenant il faut ranger.
Et il faut faire la vaisselle.
Il y a des biscuits pour tout le monde.

Cooking in French for Children: Biscuit Recipe

Follow up:
Here is a recipe for for delicious French biscuits from Brittany.  They are called ‘Palets Bretons’:
Recipe for Palets Bretons

Fruit in French

Fruit in French

Learn the names of Fruit in French + their gender.
Video clip,  online quiz  + free printable worksheets:

Names of Fruit + Articles in French Worksheet

Fruit in French Gap Fill Worksheet

Fruit is introduced using Indefinite Articles –
un, une, des:

Un =   a, an with masculine singular words
=   a, an     with feminine singular words
Des   =   Some    with all words in the plural

un melon(m)             a melon
un citron(m)             a lemon
un raisin blanc(m)  a white grape
un abricot(m)           an apricot
une mangue(f)         a mango
une cerise(f)             a cherry
une figue(f)               a fig
une nectarine(f)      a nectarine
une pêche(f)             a peach
une mandarine(f)   a mandarin (tangerine)
une pomme(f)          an apple
une poire(f)               a pear
une prune(f)             a plum
une banane(f)           a banana
une fraise(f)              a strawberry

Les  = The (in the plural)
Short simple phrases are used to talk about fruit in the video:
J’aime les cerises             =  I like cherries
J’adore les abricots         =  I love apricots
Les citrons sont amers  =  Lemons are bitter

Les (the) is used in French but not in English except in sentences that refer to particular fruit.
The apples on the table are for anyone.
The cherries on the menu come from France.

– – –

Avoir l’air délicieux = to look delicious
Ces = These/Those  (It is a demonstrative adjective)
Ces fraises ont l’air délicieux =
These strawberries look delicious


Free Printable Worksheets:
Names of Fruit + Articles in French Worksheet

Online Quiz

This quiz is also available on its own separate page here:
online quiz

Fruit in French Gap Fill Worksheet

Phrases from the Video:

Les citrons sont amers  
Lemons are bitter.

D’autres melons
Other melons

J’aime beaucoup les cerises
I really like cherries.

Tu aimes les figues?
Do you like figs?

Moi, j’aime les figues.
(Me), I like figs.

Elles ont l’air délicieux.
They look delicious.

Des raisins blancs aussi
Aussi = as well
Some white grapes as well.

Les pommes sont rouges
Apples are red.
(Use ‘The apples are red’  if talking about particular apples)

Maintenant des poires
Now some pears.

Ces fraises ont l’air délicieux.
Ces =  These/Those
These/those strawberries look delicious.

Enfin = Finally
Enfin des abricots
Finally some apricots.

J’adore les abricots
I love apricots!

. . . .

More Food and Drink resources available here:
French Food and Drink Resources

French Story – Dogs at the River

Primary French Story
– Dogs at the River

French Practice for children using verbs in the 3rd person present tense with a Video, Worksheets, and an Online Quiz.
One dog likes swimming, the other does not.
Nager = to swim


il arrive          = he arrives
elle attend   = she waits
il nage             = he swims
il a                     = he has
il est                 = he is
il sort               = he gets out of, he leaves
elle regarde = she watches, she looks

il aime  = he likes
elle n’aime pas = she doesn’t like

il/elle court  = he/she runs
ils courent   = they run

 C’est      = it is
il est        = he is
ils sont   = they are

il y a     =  there is, there are
(il y a des cânots = there are boats)

– – –

mouillé(m)  = wet
(il est mouillé = he is wet)
belle(f) = beautiful
(la rivière est belle = the river is beautiful)


Qu’est-ce qu’il a?
What does he have? What has he got?

Que fait-il?
What does he do? What is he doing?

Où est Maggie?
Where is Maggie?


French + English Subtitles:

Audio in French and English:

French Subtitles:


Worksheet 1
Worksheet 2

Online Quiz

This quiz is also available on its own separate page here:
Online Quiz

image for Primary French Story

French Strawberry Tart

Tarte aux Fraises Recipe

There are four stages to making a homemade French strawberry tart:

1. Make shortcrust pastry, roll it out thinly, lift it into a 30cm tart tin, and bake it.
2. Make a thick vanilla-flavoured custard (crème pâtissière), pour it onto the cooked pastry case and let it set.
3. Cut strawberries in half and place them neatly over the set custard.
4. Make a sugary glaze to brush over the strawberries

Recipe Instructions

30cm metal tart tin
Oven Temperature:  180 C

1.  Shortcrust Pastry (= pâte brisée):
150g plain flour
75g butter

Rub the butter into the flour using just the tips of your fingers.
Add just enough cold water to turn the mixture into a ball of pastry dough.
Roll out the dough with a rolling pin, as thinly as possible, on a cool floured surface.
Make sure the pastry is at least 3cm wider than the pastry tin.
Lift it into the tin.  Cut off the leftover pastry with a knife and press a fork around the edges.
Cover the pastry base with greaseproof paper and something heavy that can go in the oven, e.g. baking beans:

image of baking beans

Bake for 15mns at 180 C
Check that the base is cooked, and leave to cool.

2.  Thick custard – Crème Pâtissière:
1/2 litre milk
4 egg yolks
100g sugar
1 tspn vanilla
30g plain flour
pinch salt
Heat the milk in a saucepan.
Mix egg yolks, sugar and flour in a bowl.
Gradually pour the warmed milk into the egg mixture, stirring all the time.
Pour the custard back into the saucepan and bring it slowly to the boil until the mixture starts to thicken.
Add vanilla + a pinch of salt and continue stirring for about a minute.
Turn off the heat, wait a few seconds, and then pour the custard into the pastry case.

3. Strawberries:
Cut 750g of strawberries in half, or quarters if very large, and place neatly over the crème pâtissière, starting from the outside of the tin and moving in circles into the middle.

4. Glaze:
Heat 2 tablespoons of fruit jelly/jam (Blackberry jelly is great) with 1 teaspoon of water, and brush over all the strawberries with a pastry brush.


image for French strawberry tart

– – – –

Tarte aux prunes (Plum Tart):

Delicious variation on the recipe for Tarte aux Fraises:
Follow the recipe for tarte aux fraises but use 2lbs of fresh plums instead of the strawberries.
The big difference is that the plums need to be cooked first:
Cut the plums in half, take out the stones, and place them flesh down onto a heavy-based non-stick pan.
Sprinkle them with lots of caster or granulated sugar.
Bake until the skins of the plums look/taste quite caramelised.
Slide the plums carefully, one by one, onto the custard trying to keep the plums whole and with their skins on top.
Cool and eat!

Tarte aux pommes (Apple Tart):

Another absolutely delicious variation on Tarte aux Fraises!
This time lightly butter two baking trays.
Slice 6 or 7 apples, thinly but not too thinly, with their skins on, and lay them on the trays.
Bake the apples until soft.
Peel them gently off the trays and place them decoratively on the crème pâtissière.
Brush on a sugary glaze like the one in the strawberry tart recipe above.

Bought from a good French pâtisserie, these pastries are quite expensive, a really lovely treat, beautifully made with care and precision.
Much cheaper versions are available in large supermarkets, but they never look or taste quite as special.

¡Vale la pena! It’s worth it …!

¡Vale la pena! = It’s worth it in Spanish.
It’s literal translation = It’s worth the pain!
This is the first post by A Green Mouse, a free website and YouTube channel created to provide worthwhile early language practice in French and Spanish.

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Children can develop very good pronunciation in a second language if they are exposed to it early enough.
It is a question of opportunity, not one available to all children, so this website is accessible and free to try to reach out and provide it for any child.

Accessible French and Spanish Practice for anyone … 

We all want to help our little guys to fly …!

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By starting young we give our children a better chance of success.