Anna told me that she wants to learn more about England. Well, I cheated a little. England was always tied in my mind to kings, castles, and knights, so I chose to focus on this fascinating piece of history in our first pass over England. We read several books about knights, and this book is fantastic. I liked it so much that I even left a review on Amazon which I do very rarely. It gives an excellent introduction to life in the castle which is just on the right level for young kids. It’s not just for boys – I think little princesses will enjoy it too even though it doesn’t have any princesses in it (there is a queen though).
I was so excited about castles that I picked rashly two projects to do with Anna, and one of them was a bit ambitious. I wanted to try my hand at a more complicated suncatcher, so I printed out this castle and cut out some parts. Then Anna put a tissue paper on the contact paper, and we glued the castle on top. After some prodding she also colored it with her new water colors. You can see from her face that she was less than thrilled about this project. She did a decent job of trying different colors on the castle, but she was not really “into it”. The old rule of our house – a lot of prep = very little enthusiasm held firm again. However, I do like how this castle turned out – I think it looks rather pretty on the window, and maybe we will try something like this again when Anna is in a better mood.
Interestingly, Anna was completely excited about dressing the knight from the printout that I got here at DTLK. Of course, I had to cut all the pieces, but she was very excited about gluing the clothes on, and we had a long discussion about each part of his clothes and what would happen to the knight if she forgot something. It turned out that she didn’t know what the shield is for. She made a good point that the knight already has armor, so he doesn’t need a shield. Oh, and the knight has a name – he is Sir Nicholas.
To see more story stretchers, visit StArt at A Mommy’s Adventures. I am also linking this to History/Geography Exchange at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.