Our two-year-old daughter is starting to get quite excited about Christmas, and I wanted to find a playful way of introducing French Christmas vocabulary to her. Since I don’t have a varied collection of Christmas ornaments at home, I recently bought a felt Christmas tree with velcro ornaments to introduce her to the most common Christmas symbols in French. She loved the activity and she’s been having a fabulous time decorating and redecorating her tree on her own.
We started by sorting through the ornaments together. As I held each ornament in my hands, I said the word out loud for her to hear.
French Christmas vocabulary for kids
If you’re unsure how to teach french to a child using Christmas ornaments, you can follow the suggested sentences below while decorating the tree together. They will help you vocalize your observations and encourage your child to participate in the conversation and the activity.
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Christmas tree in French
Let’s decorate the Christmas tree together.
Décorons ensemble le sapin de Noël.
Santa Claus in French
Santa has a white beard.
Le Père Noël a une barbe blanche.
Gifts in French
There are three gifts.
Il y a trois cadeaux.
Snowflakes in French
You can also say:
des flocons de neige
Here is the blue snowflake.
Voici le flocon de neige bleu.
Snowman in French
un bonhomme de neige
How cute is this little snowman.
Qu’il est mignon, ce petit bonhomme de neige.
Christmas stocking in French
un bas de Noël
What colour is the Christmas stocking?
Le bas de Noël est de quelle couleur?
Christmas ornaments in French
des décorations de Noël
des boules de Noël
Here are the Christmas ornaments.
Voici les boules de Noël.
Stars in French
How many stars are there?
Combien d’étoiles y a-t-il?
Mittens in French
Can you pass the mitten to mommy?
Peux-tu passer la mitaine à maman?
Hat in French
Santa Claus wears a red hat.
Le père Noël porte un chapeau rouge.
Candy cane in French
un sucre d’orge
Let’s count the number of candy canes. One, two, and three!
Comptons le nombre de sucre d’orge. Un, deux et trois!
Santa’s bag in French
la hotte du Père Noël
Santa’s bag is full of gifts.
La hotte du Père Noël est remplie de cadeaux.
Reindeer in French
Can you pass mommy the reindeer with the red nose?
Peux-tu donner à maman le renne au nez rouge?
Gingerbread man in French
un bonhomme en pain d’épice
The gingerbread man has a nice smile.
Le bonhomme en pain d’épice a un joli sourire.
Candles in French
Here are the two candles.
Voici les deux bougies.
Bells in French
Where do you want to put these bells?
Où veux-tu mettre ces cloches?
French homeschooling resources: Winter/Christmas
I hope you have as much fun as we’ve had learning the French words for the most common Christmas symbols. Make sure to check out my other blog posts for more French homeschooling resources on the topic of winter and Christmas.
French books for children: What we’re reading this winter
Winter in French – Voici l’hiver Scholastic book: vocabulary
French Christmas song for kids: Petit Papa Noël with French lyrics and English translation
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