French for Kids: Learn French with Penelope and Pezi Level 1 Vol. 1 is a DVD and booklet starring native French speakers and 3-D animated characters. The DVD teaches basic conversational French within the context of a children’s birthday party, filled with lively songs, fun food, and playful games. Pénélope and her French-speaking puppy, “Pezi”, introduce practical everyday phrases for meeting and greeting, counting, eating, playing, and much more. While the production values are definitely not Disney quality, it is a well-done learning video.
French for Kids: Learn French with Penelope and Pezi Level 1 Vol. 2 is the second DVD in this program. Kids learn words and phrases related to useful daily topics: telling time, eating, playing, bedtime and more. There are also testing components built into the DVD so that you can asses your child’s progress.
Little Pim: French, Vol. 1 is a fun, award-winning series designed to introduce foreign language to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Each 35-minute DVD features seven five minute episodes starring a lovable, animated panda, who is also the teacher. Volume 1 comes with three DVDs- Eating and Drinking, Wake Up Smiling, and Playtime.
French for Kids DVD Set: Simple Words & Number and Colors is a great DVD set (it comes with 2 dvds) to introduce preschool-aged children to French. It uses animated jungle animals, interactive games and fun songs to engage the child. It also has English subtitles, which is very useful for parents who don’t speak French.
Bonjour Les Amis Vol. 1 follows Moustache the Cat as he introduces the French language to young children (ages 2-5) in a gentle, easy progression. Phrases are introduced in English and then repeated in French. The animation, while a bit dated, is very sweet and colorful, and the songs are fun!
Bonjour les Amis!, Vol. 2 is the second DVD in the Bonjour Les Amis series.
A great way to expose your kids to French is to let them watch English favorites in French! Several of the Dora the Explorer videos come with a French track (not all of them do, so you must check the specifications on the product description). Dora the Explorer – Musical School Days is one with a French language track.
Dora the Explorer – Animal Adventures
is another Dora DVD with a French language soundtrack. Enjoy!
Your child’s not a Dora fan? Try Go Diego Go! – Safari Rescue in French (you have to select the French language track from the language menu when you play the DVD). Remember, not all Diego DVDs come with a French language track, so you must check the product specifications.
Go Diego Go! Diego’s Halloween
is another Diego DVD with a French language track. One of the four episodes is about Halloween, and the rest follow Diego on other animal adventures.
Many, if not most, Disney movies come with foreign language audio tracks- you just need to select the language from the menu when you play the DVD. If you don’t already have it, Beauty and the Beast is a great movie to watch in French (or any language).