This list includes ideas for supplements for crafts in German so you can provide your student with many of the same language exposure and practice that bilingual speakers are exposed to in both languages – making crafts is an important part of learning a language. Including these supplements can give your child a much more authentic and meaningful language experience. Use the worksheets to add supplements from each area to provide a well-rounded foreign language education.
GERMAN SUPPLEMENTS FOR CRAFTS
You can buy a pretend passport and stamp set for younger children. “Set of 24 stampers – 1 x 1.5 inches each – includes: Botswana, Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Germany, Egypt, Russia, Greece, Austrailia, Paris France, Vietnam, Mexico, Brazil, Bankok, London Air, Kobenhavn, Bahamas, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bolivia, Portugal, China, Italy. 12 passport sticker books – 4x 6 inch size- Each passport includes 6 travel pages and 16 assorted travel stamp stickers.”
Holidays are a great time to do foreign language crafts. You’re doing crafts anyway, you might as well pack a little extra foreign language practice into it. Holidays are exciting times for children and this really helps motivate them to learn the language.
Take a game you have and re-write it in the foreign language, or assemble a game that you printed from the internet. Here are some ideas for cheap foreign language games.
Make fortune tellers
AKA cootie catchers – these go by a lot of names). There are lots of free printables for these, so a small child could cut and fold it as the craft. An older student could fill in all their own content, using such things as verb conjugations, sentences, and so on.
Examples of realia
Use examples of realia from other countries to print or make your own copies. Search the internet for photos, Google maps could be a good source.
Another source of realia is Ielangauges.com. The website has free online lessons, plus many links and recommendations. There are links for “realia” in the foreign language, such as ticket stubs, signs, and receipts. There are also grammar tutorials and audio, some of which is spontaneous and unscripted from native speakers. You can purchase e-book courses for some languages. The courses vary by languages. The website says, “The most popular courses, such as French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Swedish, include interactive exercises and audio recordings created by native speakers.”
Make posters that teach grammar or vocabulary.
Draw a picture
The student can draw a picture to go with a story they wrote, and you can mount the story and picture on construction paper. Put it on the wall and let them be proud of it.
Make a cake and use frosting to write words on it in the foreign language.
Research, plan, and shop for a recipe or complete meal that is from a country or culture that speaks the foreign language.
There are many craft ideas available on Pinterest.
Make puppets out of anything, they could later be used to put on a play or have small conversations in the foreign language.
Older students who are more advanced can make displays to show scenes from books they read.
Make an international passport (there are many free printables for this).
Coloring pages (many free printables)
Cutting and Gluing
Worksheets that involve cutting and gluing count as crafts to my kids.
Change the English words into German on any craft idea you already have.
You can take many elementary-school age crafts and just change the words to the foreign language. For example, a weather craft showing the four seasons would have the season names in the foreign language. Older children could write adjectives that go with those seasons. Advanced children could write sentences that go with those seasons.
Once your children are at an intermediate-advanced level, they can move on to crafting as a hobby and find fantastic websites and YouTube videos in German. Try out the list of German Cross-Curricular Subjects and Other Fun Stuff.