Thursday, May 13, 2010


In the Castle
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).
May10_Castle1
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 May10_Castle2 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.
May10_Knight
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.

17 comments:

Christy said...

I'm going to look for that book and I love your craft ideas.

April said...

You know its funny because I always think of kings/queens when I think England. I wonder if people from England only think of Cowboys and Indians when they think of the United States? She did a great job.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I taught Robin Hood, when we did England.

I love the idea of Sir Nicolas. You'd better double check the names of the boys in Anna's preschool. Maybe one of them is a galant knight :)

Pathfinder Mom said...

I love the castle - I think that one's frameable!

Ticia said...

Sir Nicholas de Mimsy..... or Nearly Headless Nick. Okay, that's totally unrelated to your topic, but I thought of Harry Potter when you said Sir Nicholas.
I'll have to check that book out when we get to knights in our house. And, I'm with you knights and castles are in the top part of what I think of for England. Along with Robin Hood and Peter Pan.

Debbie said...

That sounds like a cute book, I will have to look for it.

The castle is great and I love the expression on Anna's face with her knight!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Both the crafts look fun and I'm excited to see if we can find a copy of the book at our library. Thanks for the recommendation!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I bet both my kids would enjoy that paper doll knight craft. The book sounds like a winner! Our Melissa and Doug castle is one of their favorite toys to play with. The pirate ship often attacks the kingdom at night. :)

MaryAnne said...

Did Anna name the knight, or did he come with a name? We have the same lots of prep = little enthusiasm experience at our house.

Michelle said...

That sounds like a great book and I I think Emily would enjoy both projects. Even though she was not into the watercolors, I love her expression in the picture. She is so cute! I am glad that she enjoyed the night project. It is so cool that she wants to learn about England. I don't think Emily even has a clue about the different places outside of where we live!!

Thank you for linking up to stART :0)

sbswtp said...

What a great project!

Jenny said...

What a cool book and craft! We need to get back to doing stART projects around here.

redtedart said...

Wow! Two for One! ;-) Love both craft projects - will have to see if Red Ted is ready for "dressing" crafts yet.. sometimes we underestimate them, don't we!!

Castle book has been added to our ever growing wishlist! Many thanks!

Maggy

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This project looks awesome! I love all the details. The book looks great too.

Wonder Mom said...

Who WOULDN'T be excited about dressing a knight?

(Psst- I am glad I am not the only one who thought unsavory thoughts about mu lightsabers...)

Char said...

Sounds like a great book. What great activities to go with it.

Jenny said...

Well, "I" think the suncatcher looked like a fun idea and turned out great. I am impressed that she wanted to learn about "England."