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5 Castle-themed activity ideas.

August 13, 2017Rabbit 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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?

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Comments (8)

  • Lucy At Home

    August 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    Oooh I love this! We are visiting North Wales soon and we were planning to visit a castle. I love your ideas to extend the theme! I will definitely be trying this 🙂

    1. rabbitideas

      August 17, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Ah, brilliant! It was our first time visiting the area with the kids and it was fab, so much to do!

  • Kelly Edwards

    August 27, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Fab ideas! Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofblog

  • Hayley @Mission: Mindfulness

    September 3, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Some really good ideas here – my eldest used to love junk modelling – we must get back into it again! I’ve visited quite a few castles as a History teacher – we love Dover castle which isn’t too far from us and I loved it when I took a bunch of Y7s to Corfe castle years ago! #thesatsesh xx

    1. rabbitideas

      September 3, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      Lovely, what fun school trips!

  • Alana – Burnished Chaos

    September 5, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Great ideas. When it comes to castles there is nearly always a hill of some sort and my two love nothing more than running/rolling up and down them. At home they like to build forts out of cushions and blankets x
    #Thesatsesh

  • Malin

    March 8, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Great ideas! We like visiting castles, so these activities will be good to go along with an outing ??x #TheListLinky

    1. Jenny

      March 9, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Ah, fab! Hope they come in handy.

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