Based on this picture, and knowing that we are studying the Middle Ages, can you guess what our latest classroom endeavor is??
If you guessed building cardboard castles, you were RIGHT!!
About the middle of March, I began collecting cardboard boxes of all sizes, as well as egg cartons, pop bottles, applesauce cups, and other good “building” supplies. The above picture is the pile as of the middle of April! Good thing I can handle clutter – if I was a neat freak, this would be a major problem 🙂 The closet to the right of this picture was completely full of boxes too! Needless to say, we have more than enough boxes.
Last week I split the kids into 4 groups. Each group was given 2 rolls of duck tape, a large cardboard box flattened out to use as the base, and a few guidelines of parts of a castle that must be included (ex: wall, drawbridge, keep, towers). We went around group by group picking boxes from the pile until they had a good amount to start with. Once they began working, they were allowed to send one person from their group at a time back to the pile of boxes to get any more that they needed. Our pile has been about cut in half, but we still have quite a few left!
Here are a few castles at the beginning stages:
Once they are completely done, I will spray paint them gray/silver to look more polished and more castle-like, and then they will be permitted to bring in “medieval-type” characters, such as Lego people or Playmobile figures, to finish it off.
They always turn out great and I am excited to see this year’s finished products!
Just so you have an idea, here are a few castles from previous years:
Don’t they look awesome?!
Do you study the Middle Ages? I’d love to hear about some of the fun things you do with your class!!
I have a few more posts about our medieval unit planned, so check back soon 🙂