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German for children

This page features free-of-charge materials for teaching young children. Learn how to teach CLIL, combine German and STEM or bring techniques of mindfulness into your German classroom. Brush up on the theory and methods of teaching this age group.

German with...

Felix Franzi © Goethe-Institut

German with Felix and Franzi

Felix the Frog and Franzi the Lady Duck are two handpupetts who live in a typical German mailbox and tell stories abour their new home, England. Materials include videos, texts and extensive lesson plans. 

Karla und Kai © Goethe-Institut

German with Karla and Kai

Karla the Roach and Kai the Maybug take children on a journey. Materials include two books with six chapters each, videos, texts and lesson plans. 

Digital learning tools

The Language Magician © Goethe-Institut London

The Language Magician

This new game will be fun for the children, build on their language and IT-skills and provide information on their progression.

Pupils at the museum © Goethe-Institut

Das Bild ist weg!

Das Bild ist weg! is an online game at language level A1.1 for children aged seven to ten. Help your friends to find the stolen painting and bring it back to the museum. At the end, you can also get a certificate.

Multimedia digital platforms

Kinderuni ©Goethe-Institut / Kids Interactive

German and Stem: The Digital Kinderuniversity

The Kinderuniversity is a free of charge online platform for children (age 8-12 years old), teachers, and parents. There are three topics -- humanities, natural sciences, and technology.

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Deutsch für dich

In the global “Deutsch für dich” community you will find plenty of exercises to help you learn German free of charge. Network and share experiences with 560.000 German learners around the world. 

Voyage Kids ©UK-German Connection

voyage kids

A website packed with interactive activities for primary pupils in Germany and the UK.

Everyday life

Kind mit Schultute Ronald Bonß © ZB - Fotoreport

Customs and Traditions

Interactive presentations for the German lesson with comprehensive teacher’s notes. Basic language and introduction to highlights in the German festive calendar. Suitable for non-specialists in Primary schools.

Das bin ICH - ein Buch von MIR über MICH @Deutsche Welle

Das bin Ich Buch

Are your pupils sometimes bored of textbooks and would they prefer to talk about themselves and what is going on in their world? Let them create their very own 'Ich-Buch' where they can experiment with the German language and discover new things.

Film and Video

Fairy Tales on DVD

The ARD produced adaptions of the brothers Grimm’s classic fairy tales. The films were shot at romantic castles and in enchanted forests all over Germany.

Kurz & Gut macht Schule II: animated Short Films

Gut macht Schule II is a selection of great animated short films from Germany, which can be easily integrated in German classes.

Music, Arts and Literature

Illustration of Thomas Harding's book "The House by the lake" © Goethe-Institut London

The House by the Lake

We offer two teaching units on the book "The house by the lake" in which pupils can learn their first German vocabulary. Further teaching materials, videos and a creative competition introduce the pupils to the German language and history in a playful way. 
Target group: pupils with no or little knowledge of German aged 7-12 (Key Stage 2 + Year 7).

Song book © Goethe-Institut London

Learn German with Songs

The songbook of Martina Schwarz provides you with many ideas for the use of music in class.

Song book © Goethe-Institut London

Learn More German with Songs

The second volume of Martina Schwarz' songbook for German in primary schools is a great addition to your German lessons.

The musicians of Bremen © Goethe-Institut

Fairytales in the German Classroom

Our fairytale website offers ideas, tips and guidelines for teaching fairytales in the German classroom. Here you will find exercises for learners of all language levels including primary.

Boy who reads © colourbox.de

Primary and secondary pupils
Training of German reading skills

The aim of these materials is to motivate pupils to "venture" into German texts. Through targeted questions, students are asked to use their prior knowledge and German skills to develop content and reading strategies.

German for your classroom

Advertising Kits © Goethe-Institut / Bettina Siegwart

Advertising Kits

Order standardized advertising kits: infomational brochures, printed material to help grow your German program, fun items to decorate your classroom or small prizes to motivate your students. 

Plakatausstellung teaser © Goethe-Institut

Poster exhibitions

Do you want to bring topics to life in your German classroom? Then borrow a poster exhibition free of charge from your nearest Goethe-Institut! 

Glassblaeser BKD Kalender © ZB-FUNKREGIO OST; Fotograf: Matthias Bein (Ausschnitt)

German Classroom Calendar

The word lifehack describes ideas that can be used to solve everyday challenges. The eco-lifehacks in the calendar show creative ideas for everyday life, with which you can protect the environment at the same time. Alongside, you can find ideas how to teach these lifehacks in your German lessons. 

The Lives of Others © Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion (München)

German cinema for your classroom

We have a number of great German movies available to rent from us in your German classroom. All movies are in German with English subtitles.

Additional Materials

'FUNology' for Primary Classes

It’s time for fun and laughter: Here you can 'browse' through our game collection: Exercises for fun dialogues, activity games, ring games, vocabulary games etc.

German in the Nursery

These Teaching Modules have been developed and piloted by the Goethe-Institut Glasgow in order to introduce German to very young learners.

German materials for primary schools (British Council Wales)

The activities in this section are more in-depth, sustained activities that will help learners to become more confident in speaking and listening to languages. These include three original songs in German, Welsh and English, created especially for Cerdd Iaith. On each page, you will find a short description of the activity along with audio files, videos, lyrics and sheet music that will help you and your learners to sing along with the musicians. You will also find additional vocabulary where needed.