Wednesday, November 18, 2009

History Project: Building a Castle

We started studying castles this week so we decided to make one of our own. I've been saving toilet paper tubes and paper towel tubes for weeks so that we would have enough for towers. I would have saved cereal boxes too, but cereal is kinda expensive here, so we don't eat it regularly, instead we used cardstock. We started by laying out the design.
This was so that we knew how many pieces we needed to paint :). Next we mixed some black and white paint to make grey and then we started to paint.
And we painted and painted, I really recommend spray paint for this step, as we painted for nearly an hour! Once all the pieces were done, we let them dry.
Then we started to assemble our castle. It was at that point that I realized that we should have painted both sides, but since we were out of paint there's not much we could do. We used masking tape to put it together, but again I recommend that you use a hot glue gun. It would make the job much easier!
Our castle had 4 towers, with two more guard towers outside, a peasants house, a peasants jail on the other side, a king's great hall and a moat.
We were both very pleased with the finally product, plus we had alot of fun making it!


Rhonda said...

Paige that is absolutely wonderful!! I am glad I'm not the only one who saves a multitude of toilet paper rolls and cardboard!
I have a box right now running over with that stuff. My kids need to get some projects going!
Thanks for sharing your great castle!

Ritsumei said...

What a cool project. I just love this. Would you consider submitting it to the Classical Homeschooling Carnival?