how teach young child french

Take the 10-day Mini French challenge!

So you want to teach your child another language?

Believe in the power of languages and bilingualism? Know all about the amazing cognitive benefits learning another language could have for your child? BUT have a string of reasons why you just haven’t started a language with them yet? Or, you have started but need inspiration to keep going?

I understand.

As parents we have a lot on our plates and it is not easy unless you know how.

The time is now to start  a language with your child, baby or toddler

Any step towards incorporating some French into your day will help start your child set off on a wonderful journey towards language learning. It broadens their horizons and provides crucial mental stimulation in the early years.

And what if I told you it could be simple and fun? By joining this challenge you will receive:

  • a welcome email with further details on the challenge
  • a simple daily email for 10 DAYS
  • FREE printables & MP3s
  • a certificate at the end
  • a future monthly Mini French email with top tips & advice


With minimal effort you will:

  • build French expressions into your routine
  • learn 3 French songs together via free MP3s
  • enjoy simple activities at home with our free resources
  • discover that learning a language need not be a chore
  • spend stimuating time with your little one

What are you waiting for – it is all free and might just change your child’s learning forever!


And PLEASE let me know how you get on or if you need anything else! Always here to help – Felicity x

Free printable: Door signs!

Alert: language hack!

Find the time to add some French to your daily routine.

Here is a free printable from Mini French to learn the names of rooms in the house!

Keep it simple! Every little helps. Plus, the repetition of seeing and saying the words together once a day or even a few times a week will enable it to sink in.

Door signs not to your taste? Have a crafty afternoon of making them yourself with your little one.




Free printable: Who is behind the door?

All children like to peep behind the doors in books! At story time in Mini French – it often requires crowd control!

Why not make your child a personalised “lift the flap” game!

The visual and hands-on nature of this activity will make discovering some new words fun. Plus, the use of some familiar images and people will add an emotional connection – proven to aid learning.

French phrases and cute Mini French illustrations to cut out and hide behind the door are all included! Download here



Image designed by 0melapics / Freepik



Sing and craft! Le grand cerf!

One of our favourite songs in Mini French – it features on one of our CDs – is Le Grand Cerf about a “big deer’ in his house when a rabbit knocks at the door!

Plenty of good vocabulary (grand, maison, dans, regarder…). Find it on YouTube then: watch, sing and craft the characters! this brings the words to life and aids learning and retention plus it is fun to spend time doing an art and craft with your little one!

I am a fan of keeping languages learning simple and achievable. Have a look at this craft activity which has templates for making little puppets.

Le Grand Cerf Puppet Craft

If your child is old enough then, with a bit of help, they can do this themselves. If you have a baby, consider making the puppets and have a Mini French session at home.

If you have any questions or are looking for further ideas – feel free to get in touch!

Simple craft time! Butterfly footprints!

I love this little activity which we sometimes do at our summer classes.

Looking for a craft which doubles up as a lovely keepsake? This is a sweet painting, sensory activity which can be done with any age from baby to older child.

Sing ‘Vole, vole, vole papillon’ then look at the colours together for some memorable French learning.

Here is a link for the tune and a version of the song (the one we do in class is a little bit different but this is a nice video!)

It is all explained with visuals in the activity!

Amusez-vous bien! Have fun! x