Monday, April 15, 2013

Around the World in 12 Dishes: France

This month, Around the World in 12 Dishes landed in France. 

Ah France! It's the country at the very tip top of my dream travel list, so I was excited to do this month's projects. 

The girls and I haven't explored much about France, so I decided to start with one of the most recognizable landmarks in the country, the Eiffel Tower. We looked at pictures, learned a few things about the Eiffel Tower, then created some beautiful artwork.

Supplies Needed:
Black paper
White paper

For the first step in this project, we drew the Eiffel Tower. 

Wait, I take that back, I drew the Eiffel Tower. 

My original plan was to give the girls a pencil outline of the tower, then let them trace it with chalk and fill in the details. They didn't want to. They wanted to paint. Oh well, we trudged along and I drew their towers. 

In case you're wondering, yes, the chalk will smudge. If you don't want it to, spray a light coat of hairspray over the drawing (a trick I learned in high school art class). 

If you're like us, and don't own any hairspray, just be careful not to touch the chalk or redraw any smudged parts. Once you've drawn the Tower, cut it out.

While I was drawing, the girls were painting their backgrounds. They painted the sky, a pond, a garden with flowers, and a bright yellow sun. They really got into it and enjoyed spending the time painting. 

Once they were finished with their paintings and the paint had dried a bit, we glued their Eiffel Towers to their paintings. 

The completed paintings were wonderful! I would have loved to have seen their version of the Eiffel Tower, but you can't win them all. I don't want to pressure them when it comes to art because I don't want to do anything to take away their joy of creating.

Would you like to join in this month? You can download a printable passport page here and a placemat here. Also, check out the other participating blogs for plenty of wonderful ideas:

Adventures In MommydomCreative Family FunDomestic Goddesque, Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, Glittering MuffinsHere Come The GirlsJuggling with KidsKid World CitizenKitchen Counter Chronicles, Little Artists, Mermaids' Makings, Montessori Tidbits, Mummymummymum and The Educators' Spin On It

Please link up your French food or activity in the linky below. We'd love to see it!



  1. I love this post! I found your site from Parent Teach Play. I would like to invite you to link this post up to my Money Saving Monday Link Up.

  2. I would love for you to link up activities like this that teach children about other languages and cultures at my weekly link-up "Say it Two Ways Thursdays". Link up at It Two Ways Thursdays.

  3. Ooooh, I LOVE this art project!!!! The colors in the background really pop against the black/white tower. Very cool!

  4. Very cool, the colors are gorgeous! Thanks for participating again:)


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