Castles are some of the most beautiful and impressive structures ever built. Just seeing one can immediately transport us to a time of royalty, power, and defense.
While traditionally associated with Disney princesses, there are now a variety of castle activities that will appeal to all children.
You should introduce the concept of castles before starting castle activities by sharing photos of some of these impressive structures.
1. Cardboard Castle Craft
There are plenty of downloadable castle templates and patterns that you can use for castle building, complete with castle walls and other castle features. Why not print one and have your little castle engineers build the structure? Encourage them to get creative painting their castles to their heart’s content.
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2. Castles of Boxes
Pile different boxes together to make your very own castle! You can even include a cereal box castle theater and have a puppet show featuring your favorite prince and princess. You can even incorporate some color recognition by painting the boxes using select colors and turning them into a color-sorting castle.
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3. Castle Coloring Book
Fun castle worksheets, connect-the-dot activities, and coloring pages of different castle drawings are fun ways to introduce these unique structures to young ones. You can even draw castles in different shapes to introduce geometry to your elementary students.
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If you are near the beach, there’s no better castle activity than building one. Head to the waters with your buckets and shovels, and have your children come up with the best medieval castle. Why not take photos of their creations and assemble a castle mini-book out of the snaps? This is easily one of the best preschool castle activities!
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5. Castle Rocks
Start a rock stacking game and find the flattest rocks to pile on top of each other. Younger learners may find it harder to imagine a castle made of stones, so showing them pictures of Florida’s Coral Castle is sure to impress. Although not a real castle, it can demonstrate how structures made entirely of rocks can convey elegance and beauty.
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6. Knights and Castles
Have the little ones create cardboard castles with all the possible features of a castle that they can incorporate, including some knights, horses, and catapults. Children of all ages are sure to find this look into medieval life intriguing.
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7. Origami Castle
Why not spend the day creating origami castles? You can find step-by-step directions online for different castle designs and invite kids to choose whichever pattern they would like to replicate.
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8. Ice Castle
Check the ice sculpture resources in your area, take the kids with you, and observe how artists carve a beautiful castle out of ice. Or you can build a snow castle or ice-castle-themed buildings in the winter for some castle fun in the snow.
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9. Castle Flags and Forts
Guard and protect your territory! Have students come up with their own flags and legion of defenders. After showing them sample flag books, invite young learners to create their own. Then, display them around your fort or tents sprawled around your classroom or backyard.
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10. Lego Castle
Building a castle out of Lego and building blocks is another fantastic activity for preschoolers and elementary school students. This is a great way to boost visual perceptual skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. The castles don’t have to be tall, but the goal is to keep them upright and sturdy.
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11. Sandpaper Castle Craft
Download this sandpaper printable and distribute it to the participants. This easy activity will encourage creativity, tactile functions, and hand-and-eye coordination.
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12. Recycled Castles
Create a castle entirely made of recyclable materials such as tissue rolls that can be used to provide structure, support, and strength. Aim high and see if you can include a castle tower!
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13. Castle Film Viewing
Why not have your students watch a documentary or series about castles? Plenty of docuseries are available so that you can present one episode per week.
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