Puzzles are a fantastic resource that you can use to teach your kids French, especially if French toys are difficult to find where you live. My eldest daughter loves them, and it all started with her very first puzzle: the two-piece Mummy & Baby Jigsaw Puzzle by Orchard Toys. You can playfully introduce and practice the names of baby animals in French as your child explores these puzzles.
This vocabulary list is specific, but you can also use the word bébé (baby) followed by the parent animal name, too.
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Mummy & Baby Jigsaw Puzzle by Orchard Toys
Elephant – un éléphant (male), une éléphante (female)
Baby elephant, calf – un éléphanteau
Tiger – un tigre (male), une tigresse (female)
Baby tiger, cub – un tigreau
Bear – un ours (male), une ourse (female)
Baby bear, cub – un ourson
Whale – une baleine (male and female)
Baby whale, calf – un baleineau
Giraffe – une girafe (male and female)
Baby giraffe, calf – un girafeau
Penguin – un manchot (male), une manchote (female)
Baby penguin, chick – no specific name, so we call it un bébé manchot
Rabbit – un lapin (male), une lapine (female)
Baby rabbit, kitten – un lapereau
Hen – un coq (male), une poule (female)
Chick – un poussin
Cow – un taureau (male), une vache (female)
Baby cow, calf – un veau
If you really want to get specific, check out the differences between boeuf, taureau, vache, génisse, and veau.
Sheep – un mouton, un bélier (male), une brebis (female)
Baby sheep, lamb – un agneau (male), une agnelle (female)
Horse – un cheval (male), une jument (female)
Baby horse, foal – un poulain
Pig – un cochon (male, but also used as a general term for pig)
If you’re interested in finding out the definition of the various terms related to pigs, there are many to explore: cochette, truie, coche, verrat, porc charcutier, and goret.
Baby pig, piglet – un porcelet
Have you introduced baby animals in French? If so, what tools and resources have you used to make learning them fun?