Discover More About France With These Activities and Games

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One fun thing to do with your girls is to teach them about another country everything from the people of country, weather, culture, food and more. You can center your whole meeting around teaching the girls about France.

You can center your whole meeting around teaching the girls about France. I’ve included some general facts about the country.  Then beyond just the facts I have provided a pile of games, activities, fun patch suggestions, and other resources to make your event fun and educational. 

Learn Everything You Can About France

This is the content you can print and use to put together a poster or just share with your girls.  If you want easy to use games and activities to teach your girls these facts be sure to keep reading through this post.

Did you know?  The Motto of France is “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity”.  The French Anthem is called “La Marseillaise”. France is one of the oldest nations on earth.

Geography Of France: France is a western-european country.  It shares its borders with Belgium to the Northeast, Germany and Luxenberg in the east with Switzerland and Italy to the Southeast.  The Pyrenees mountain range form a natural border between Spain and France. Major rivers are the Seine, Thine and the Rhine. The French Rivera is a beautiful Southeast beach.  The Capital is France. Lyon, Nice and Marseilles are other key cities. 

People of France: There are 67.2 million people in France.  France is the most ethnically diverse country in Europe. It’s been a world leader throughout history in cuisine, philosophy, music, art, film, fashion, literature and sports.

Animals in France: Deer, wild boar, rare chamois, antelope, ibex, brown bear, alpine hares, flamingos, vultures, egrets, and bee eaters are just a few of the many animals found in France.

Government in France: The government is called Republique Francaise or French Republic.  It is a democracy. The President is elected by the people and is the head of state. A Prime Minister is chosen by the President.  The Prime Minister works with elected parliament to pass laws.

Economy of France: France is one of the world’s largest economies.  The country’s most famous products are wine and cheese. Other exports are automobiles, electronics, clothing, machinery, aircraft, chemicals, iron, steel and pharmaceuticals.  More than 80 million people visit France every year, more than any other country on earth.

Armed Forces in France: The French Armed Forces consist of the Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard and the Genarmerius of the French Republic.  France has the 5th largest defense budget in the world.

Language in France:  French is the main language with 88% of the people speaking it.  Italian, English, Spanish, German, Arabic and Portuguese are also spoken in France.

Religion in France:  Most of the people in France are Christians.  Sixty-four percent are Roman Catholics. Other religions include Atheists, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists.

Education in France: Preschool is for children 2-6 years old and is called “Ecoles Maternelli.”  This school trains them for Primary school. Primary school is ages 6-11 year olds. Middle school is for 11-15 year olds.  High school completes the last 3 years. Instead of ordinary High school students can choose a Vocational High School.

Food in France:  In France, the main dishes contain fresh vegetables, meats and cheeses.  French people enjoy their main meal in the evening. French bread is called a baguette, which is a large, long bread stick.  Escargot (snails) are also eaten in France. Ratatouille is a popular vegetable stew. Crepes are a very thin pancake with filling that are also enjoyed in France.  The oldest coffee/bakery in the world called “Le Procope” which opened in 1694.

Recreation in France: Rugby, tennis, soccer, skiing, golf, basketball, martial arts and bicycling are all popular recreational activities.  Tour de France is the oldest bicycle race in the world that takes place in France each year.

Tourist Attractions in France:  Eiffel Tower, Notre DAme, Lourve, Seine River, French Alps are just a few of the many attractions in France.

France Fact Bingo Game Activity Booklet

France Bingo Game

You may enjoy teaching your girls facts about France while playing a game of bingo. In this bingo game there are 24 different Finnish facts your girls will learn about playing the game. When you draw a fact listed on the bingo cards you can also tell your girls a little bit about what each of them mean. After one game play again and have girls tell you what each fact means. Learn more and get your Bingo game to play with your girls.

2 Fun Group Games and Activities

Escargot (snail)
A traditional hopscotch game that uses a spiral shape and only 1 foot.  You need chalk and a flat playing surface like cement or blacktop. Draw a circle on pavement.  There should be at least 10 squares, but it can be as large as you want. (The bigger the snail the harder it is to play)  Start at the first outside square and number the squares consecutively, beginning with “1”. Label the center square home.  

(How to Play) The first player starts at box 1.  The player hops on one 1 foot on each square around the entire spiral to the center then back.  The player cannot switch feet, step on the line or step outside the box. If a player does, they lose a turn.  If they make it out successfully, they can pick any square and put their initial in it. A player may rest on 2 feet in any square that has their own initials in it.  The game is over when players can no longer make their way through the escargot.

Ball Scramble
A game similar to musical chairs.  Kids line up on a baseline with a basketball for each kid.  When you blow the whistle the kids drop their basketballs and run to the other end of the court and back to pick up their ball.  While they are running you pick up 1 ball leaving the rest on the floor. The kid without a ball is out of the game. Play until only 1 player is left.

Quick Fact SWAP Ideas

Bring all the facts the girls are learning together with these easy and free SWAP ideas related to France. All you need is a printer, scissors, hole puncher, beads, and safety pins to put together.  SWAPS4Free has a number of different variations of SWAP ideas for this country. Check them out here and get printables and directions to make yours with your troop.

Fun Patch Idea

 

France Landscape Fun Patch

France Fun Patch

 

If this is still not enough France inspiration. Checkout my France Pinterest board where I share all kinds of other great ideas people have shared online for France that you can incorporate into your event.

I enjoyed learning more about France, I hope you did too.

Before You Go…

Here are few other around the world ideas I have shared in the past that may be great for your event as well if you are doing more than just Australia.

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My name is Jodi Carlson, I am a mom, wife, & web designer and come with 25 years of GS experience. I am now sharing my experiences and helping other Girl leaders be great and successful and shape today’s girls to be the leaders of tomorrow. I was blessed with a Son in March of 2015 and stepped down as a full time girl leader, but missed planning and volunteering, so I decided after 25 years I have so many ideas to inspire girls and help leaders so I choose to build this blog and it has grown into a resource beyond GS, I am reaching girl leaders in many organizations.