Thursday, May 26, 2011

Once Upon a Book ~ In the Castle


Book Summary: Follow the imaginative adventures of a little boy who is whisked back in time as he plays in the ruins of a castle, only to find himself transported to the hustle and bustle of the building in its heyday - complete with jousts, banquets and valiant deeds. A perfect mix of information and story for tots!

Bible Verse:
Ephesians 6:11--Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Using this tutorial, make a shield out of cardboard! My "little knight" loved this! If you have a girl, make a "lady in waiting" hat.

Jonah used his knight shield and foam sword to storm the, I mean, swingset!
Fine Motor:
I cut a small shield out of some thin cardboard (recycled cereal box). I used a hole-punch to make holes along the edge. We used a lacing cord from another lacing set we had and Jonah practiced lacing.

I had some crown cut-outs from my teaching days that I pulled out. Jonah counted "jewels" to go with each crown. The "jewels" were some glass beads bought from the Dollar Tree.

Imaginative Play:
While we were learning about knights and castles, some friends from church blessed us with a great hand-me-down gift! I kid you not, they gave us this gigantic Imaginarium Medieval Castle and lots of Knight Figurines to go with it! We were so excited that they passed this along to us after their grandson grew tired of it. Jonah has played with it nonstop! It was the cherry on top to our castle week!

We watched The Backyardigans: Tale of the Mighty Knights and Backyardigans: Escape From the Tower. You can get both of these DVD's through Netflix! There are also two streaming Netflix Backyardigans episode involving castles called "Knights are Brave and Strong" (Season 1, Episode 9) and "Robin Hood the Clean" (Season 3, Episode 14). This was great for some afternoon downtime!

Other Resources We Used:
We used the Knights Preschool Pack from Homeschool Creations and played the Crown Grid Game from Mama Jenn.



Bernadette Grbic said...

so fun! we are doing a theme like this in the summer & I will be checking out the book & tutorial! I have irls but I know they would love this shield! so cool!

Jdaniel4smom said...

I wrote about the shield of faith today too. The castle is an amazing hand me down.

Sara M. said...

A "lady in waiting" hat would be super easy too! Just make a cone hat and attach some ribbon from from the point. Add a ribbon to tie it on. Voila! I should've made one for all the girl moms reading!

Sara M. said...

Probably the best hand me down we've ever received! I was so shocked! And the timing was perfect! My son is now officially obsessed with knights...and had no interest before this theme.

Sara M. said...

I'm at Totally Tots today sharing more of our knight adventures! Come take a peek! #homeschool #preschool #weteach

Michelle said...

Wow! Our kids would be too old to enjoy these books, but we love the Middle Ages and even our 12 year old son would love that castle(if he could get me away from it, that is!:D

My blog has a medieval theme to it so I'll be writing a small post to direct  my readers to this who have  little ones!

Sara M. said...

Thanks Michelle! The castle is pretty awesome!