Bastille Day Activities for Kids – Lesson Plans

Bastille Day is the national day of France, celebrated on July 14 each year. It commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a major event of the French Revolution. The Bastille was a prison in Paris that was seen as a symbol of the old regime. Its fall was seen as a victory for the people and a turning point in the Revolution.

Bastille Day is a public holiday in France and is celebrated with parades, fireworks, and other festivities. It is also a popular day for people to gather and celebrate French culture. It’s a good time to plan a day to learn about France, eat some French snacks and deck the place out in red, white and blue!

Lou Messugo has a good overview of what Bastille Day (aka La Fete Nationale) is and how it is celebrated in France.

Have some literally small world play with these adorable Paris printable landmarks. The whole set fits in a mint box for travel, but it would be fun to play with at home, too. Grab the download at Made by Joel. (There’s a bigger version, too, if you’re playing at home.)

Muse Printables has a map of France maze for kids to play, or learn some facts about France and get a few games with this printable from Worksheets to Print. Puzzles to Print also has a Bastille Day word search.

123 Homeschool4Me has a cute printable France mini book and Raise Curious Kids has a little French symbols matching game. Find France coloring pages at Kindergarten Worksheets and Games.

Have a little stereotypical fun with the pin the moustache on the French guy game from Press Print Party. I mean, it is cute even if most people aren’t wearing stripes and berets these days.

Grab some (or make some!) French snacks and deck out your table with these cute printable and colorable French inspired placemats from The House that Lars Built.

Looking for more fun ideas for learning about France? Check out the unit study at Pack More into Life, which has a three-day schedule and lots of ideas for fun things to do with kids. 

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