The Top 5 French Activities to Bring in the New Year

 The Top 5 French Activities to Bring in the New Year

New Year’s Eve marks the transition from one calendar year to the next and many cultures have their own customs and traditions that they celebrate on New Year’s Eve and the following day, New Year’s Day. As you prepare to welcome the New Year with your class, don’t forget to take some time to enjoy your favorite French activities. Here are 5 of our favorites!


1) Sending holiday cards

Sending holiday cards is one of the most common traditions for welcoming in a new year. It's also a great way to show your appreciation for your friends and family. You can create your own cards with your class. 


2) Setting goals

Get ready for the new year with this French interactive foldable activity perfect for your French classroom and FSL/immersion students. All students will enjoy setting goals, reflecting on the past year and looking forward to a new year with these writing prompts. The prompts are presented in 2 different foldable templates in colour or black & white version for students to decorate.

French New Year's Resolutions foldable


3) Learn a song

La Vie en Rose is one of France's most popular songs and was written by Edith Piaf, a famous singer from the 20s-60s. This song is a classic New Year's Eve song that will be well known by anyone who studies French. Plus, it's about love and hope for the future - things we could all use more of in our lives!


4) Bake a galette des rois

Galette des Rois is a traditional French cake. The galette is made of puff pastry and has a frangipane filling. Traditionally, whoever finds the hidden dried bean or almond in their slice will be crowned king or queen for the day. You can find the recipe here.


5) Host a class party

One of the best ways to celebrate a new year is with a party! This year, host your French class party at school or at home and include some of these fun activities. 


#1- Play a game of Jeu de la Boule: Using a ball, have students stand up while they try to knock down as many cups as possible. 


#2- Make posters for each student that has their name and their favorite word or phrase in French.



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