This term we have had lots of fun blasting off to Germany. We had lots of crafty language fun. The favourite song this term has been our easy to pronounce German translation of die Räder am Bus. I love to hear them shouting “Die Kinder im Bus sind Viel zu laut!” We made our own buses with wheels and windows. A great chance to talk about shapes and colours.
We looked at the book “Guess How Much I Love You?” in German, “Weißt du eigenlich, wie lieb ich dich hab?”
This book inspired the brilliant crafts you can see in the pictures. The hopping bunnies are from pre cut bunny shapes. We concertina folded strips of paper to make hopping legs. When doing this we sung our Häschen hüpf song and talked about colours. The bunny masks are pre cut from Hobbycraft with added pink shapes to finish off. We talked about our face in German whilst doing this. In Germany they love to make Fensterbilder (lit. window pictures) and this simple paper plate and tissue paper moon was a great way to practice the word der Mond and revise colours too. The children really enjoyed making paper plate suns with googly eyes This is another chance to name parts of the face.
Another well loved song this term was Summ, Summ Summ. We made our own bees to buzz around, yet another chance to practice colours.
We had Father’s day early on this term which was a great opportunity to learn a few more German words and be creative too.
The cards were a lot of fun to design and make. I cut out heart shapes from an old German road map and provided lots of materials for the children to design their own cards for their daddies. The mums were really excited to find places in Germany which were significant for their families and include them in the card. The daddies loved the cards they received.
This term was eight weeks long so by week six the children and carers had picked up most of the songs and other vocabulary so we introduced a new challenge.
The families loved dressing der Junge and das Mädchen. We chatted about colours and what the clothes are called in German. We gave the families a colouring sheet with clothes vocabulary to have a go at home too.
The final week of the term was an extravaganza. We gave certificates to four children moving on to school in September so no longer coming to weekly classes. Their progress, in the year they’ve been coming along, is astounding. I’m sure I’ll see them at our holiday classes.
We brought along our teddy bears. We decorated Lebkuchenmänner which was a great way to talk about colours and body parts. We ended the class playing with our teddies and a parachute; a great way to learn hoch und runter (up and down).
As you can see we’ve had a brilliant term. I hope this blog has inspired your family language learning. Check out our pintrestfeed for simple children’s crafts. Let me know if you try some of these crafts for yourself.