Thursday, June 11, 2015

# Activities for Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George is a great read-aloud for younger kids and a terrific new series for fluent readers of age 8-11 who enjoy fantasy. In this post I share additional activities that we did well for this book. They will also work for any book that is set in a castle.

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## Read the Book

Tuesdays at the Castle was the first book that we selected for our Mother-Daughter book club following suggestions from this third grade summer reading list from Imagination Soup. It was a great pick! All our family read the book and Smarty has also read the sequels Wednesdays in the Tower and Thursdays with the Crown. The main character in the books is young Princess Celie who lives in a castle who happens to be an intelligent living entity. In the beginning of the book a dreadful thing happens to Celie’s royal parents and her oldest brother – they are attacked by bandits and presumed dead. Now it’s up to Celie, her siblings, and the Castle itself to defend against treachery and conquest plans. There were a couple of moments in the book which I considered to be more of a stretch that they needed to be, but overall Tuesdays at the Castle is an original, funny, and well written story.
The rules of our book club are loose – we didn't stop at one book until we are done, but we kept returning to Tuesdays at the Castle for several fun activities.

## Discussion Questions

We spent some time discussing a book. Here are some discussion questions to consider:
• Why did Castle like Celie best?
• How did Celie and her siblings know that their parents are not really dead?
• Why did Castle like Prince Lulath?
• Was Prince Rolf ready to rule?
• How did Castle come back to life?
• Would you like to live in an intelligent house? What would you like the house to do for you?
• What is “rule number one” in the Castle?

## Castle Math

Math Game: We have built our own castle plans with “roll a castle” dice game.

Castle Word Problems:
Problem #1. Your castles have horses and knights, all healthy and whole. There are total of 100 legs in the castle, and 30 heads. How many knights are there in the castle and how many horses?
Problem #2. 2 Swords and 4 daggers together cost 1000 gold pieces. One sword and one dagger together cost 400 gold pieces. How much does one dagger cost?

## Castle Engineering

We have made Lego catapults for our DIY Castle! We also talked a bit about how real castles were built.

## Castle Art

Well, I was hoping that Smarty would be up for learning how to draw a castle like this from Art Projects for Kids

Alas, as usual, she had very little interest in art projects. I could barely get her interested in painting a paper castle prototype constructed by my husband for our winter village. Its more complete version is in a pinnable image (the final beautiful paper castle is currently in storage).

## Castle Food

Did you know that you can get a bundt cake pan shaped like a castle? I didn’t until I was looking up ideas for this theme. I was very tempted, but then I reminded myself of my commitment to not buy things that I would only use once in a blue moon. Still, I am sharing this chocolate cake recipe from Andrea Meyers for owners of castle pans and for master bakers.

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