5 Castle-themed activity ideas.
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This summer we visited the beautiful Caernarfon castle. We had a great time looking around the castle and The Royal Welch Fusiliers Regimental Museum, which is also inside the castle. The boys both got a lot out of the trip so I wanted to extend the experience with some castle- themed activities afterwards- here are some ideas:
- Junk modelling/ cardboard creations
Easy and cheap; this is a great way to create small-world scenes at home. Cardboard boxes also offer lots of opportunities for mark making; painting, stickers, stamping, and felt tips are all useful here. Some children also prefer vertical mark making to working on flat paper, so being able to lie of their tummies or kneel up and get to work can fit their prefered methods- win-win! For more ideas about junk modelling, check out the Cardboard Activites board on the Rabbit Ideas Pinterest account for more inspiration!
- Decorate a flag
Neither Big or Little are massive fans of ‘colouring in’ but having a print out of the Welsh flag went down really well as a simple mark making activity. Pehaps it is the idea of dragons (or their similarity to dinosaurs) which held the kids’ interest! Older children could trace the outline or cut it out and make a puppet.
- Create an old map
Lots of chidlren love the idea of old maps, probably as they are connected to pirates and treasure! One idea could be to create an old map of a castle or area of land and stain it with tea or burn the edges to give it an ‘old’ feel. This would be a great one to use for a special occasion like a children’s party, too.
- Build a sandcastle
Whatever the topic or theme, we are always on the hunt for an outdoor play version or idea! By using a sandpit (or sand at the beach) to dig a moat and build a castle, you can really begin to set up a small worl environment for children to further their imaginative play. Add a few ‘people’, a flag and some shields for decoration and you’re away!
- Dress up in costumes
Not all children like dressing up, but for those that do, ‘castle’ related outfits can be really popular. Princess and knight outfits work well, as do smaller props such as swords, shields and hats.
Have you visited a castle with your children? What castle-related activities do they enjoy?