Games can be used both in the classroom and at home to help children develop and practice their French oral and written skills. In the classroom, playing games is a method of teaching children while keeping them entertained and holding their attention; kids will learn without realising it. Meanwhile, children can learn at home using the selection of French games available over the Internet.
This online game can be played through your Web browser and tests your knowledge of the French words for different colours. Players have to arrange the different colours of the rainbow in order to reveal the hidden picture. By the side of each colour is a box; players type the correct number into the box to place that colour into the right order.
The traditional game of Simon Says---or "Jacques a dit," as the French call it---can easily be adapted for the classroom, as suggested by the Primary Resources website. You stand at the front of the class and give the commands in French, sometimes beginning with "Jacques a dit" and sometimes not. Through the game, children will learn to memorise different activities and objects in French. For example, you could ask children to stand on one leg, hold up a pencil, sit down or turn around.
Preschoolers can get a handy start on their French lessons with this online quiz game. Animal pictures appear on each screen; the player must successfully choose the French word which represents the animal shown from the three choices offered. To help out, each French word has a tiny picture of the animal next to it, to give kids a clue. So while the game is hardly too challenging, it will help kids memorise the French words for animals.
Noughts and Crosses
Kids can take part in noughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe) games to practice their French. To play, you'll need pens and a grid with nine squares, each marked by a number, with the number one square being in the top left-hand corner. Children play the game as usual, with one player picking noughts and the other crosses, and the winner being the first player to make a line of three. The only difference between this and a typical game is that before a player can mark a square on the grid, she must describe what she's doing in the correct French. So to put a cross in the bottom left-hand corner, the player calls out the French for "seven."
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