Tag Archives: history

Cardboard castle

12 Aug

This week we’ve been discovering all about ourselves, our country and its history. As part of this we created a castle from a cardboard box, some kitchen paper rolls and toilet paper rolls.

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Here in Britain we have many great castles and when we went on holiday last month we were lucky enough to visit a couple of Welsh castles which the monsters loved exploring. This was their first experience of castles so I thought it would be an ideal time to do a castle craft.

We began by googling castle images to look at their main features. We then found the cardboard items that we needed and I decided to use my glue gun to attach it all together as I knew this would make it more durable.

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The Limpet and I then got to work painting it all over. You can see on the next picture, a secret door we created at the back which I thought would make it more fun for playing with.

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This was a fun activity to do and has the added bonus of now being able to be played with.

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Learning about where we are from

10 Aug

We currently have the Olympics taking place in our own country so I thought this would be a great opportunity to introduce the monsters to some other countries and cultures.

We’ve signed up to take part in a cultural exchange which I’m very excited about and will be posting more details soon. As part of this we have to put together a variety of items from the UK. This has made me realise that the monsters probably don’t know much about where they are from and our own history. So this week we’ve been to the library to get a book about England and its traditions and we took a trip to our local museum.

I was so impressed with the museum that I purchased a season ticket so we can make regular trips there. It’s not huge as we only live in a small town but it contains so much for young children. They have lots of items to touch and explore and feely bags to stick your hands in if your brave enough.

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The Limpet enjoyed trying out some old toys. And The Gannet loved dressing up in some traditional clothes. He only learned to walk last week but he had great fun walking through the whole place with his hat on. And yes – most of the time it was covering his eyes.

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When we got home we put together a map of the world jigsaw puzzle that The Limpet got for her birthday.

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Hopefully these early geography and history discoveries will be a good foundation for future learning.