Now while in Spanish-speaking countries, pranks are practised on December 28
, the Day of the Holy Innocents. The French celebrate April Fool’s Day on the 1st just as we do, so why not have a little fishy fun with your class this year?
For more info about the origins of the tradition – known as ‘Poisson d’avril’ in France – try Wikipedia
or Emma Davies’ English explanation
. The general idea is that children make a picture of a fish, cut it out and try to stick it on someone’s back without them noticing, which is a lot kinder than the usual ‘kick me’ post-it notes I’ve seen stuck on people in English schools! La Maternelle de Moustache has an example here
with a little rhyme and picture to colour.
For those with a musical bent here is a ‘Les Poissons d’avril’ song
with lyrics and music to download from chansonsnettes.net or check out Momes.net
Lots of lovely craft activities around – try this Origami fish
which also has online games, craft activites, recipes, colouring pages, ecards, traditions and ideas for pranks and even some simple riddles (charades
) to solve.
Or maybe this yummy recipe
which also has Printable fish to colour
. While at Teteamodeler
there are lots of ideas including labelling the parts of a fish
Looking for some silly April Fool pranks – watch this French newsreader reporting the removal of the third floor
of the Eiffel Tower for repairs..(and in English this is NASA reporting a Quidditch match
On a Fishy theme there are several sites with ideas on exploiting the Rainbow Fish in French – from our very own Alison Houseman’s lessons for KS1/Yr 3,
to West Sussex GFL
and Hugo L’Escargot’s beautiful pages to print and colour
Download a simple fishy maths game I adapted from a contribution made by ‘Fuzzie’ to the TES site (the original download in English is http://www.tes.co.uk/resources/Resource.aspx?resourceId=5742 )
and don’t forget to let the children have a play on Poisson Rouge