If you or your child is studying Medieval history in school, building a model castle may be a project in your near future. The model castle project is fun for children because it conjures images of fire-breathing dragons, knights in shining armour and princesses waiting for rescue. While imagination and creativity are important components, building a model castle also teaches the true history of European ancestry.
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Things you need
- White paper
- Printer paper with brick or stone design (optional)
Print out pages 3 and 4 of the design listed in the Resources. Use white paper and draw in your own design or find printer paper with a brick or stone design already printed on it.
Cut out all the pieces with scissors. You may want to use a pencil to write the numbers located next to each piece on the back of the piece to help you remember the assigned number of each piece.
Create the main tower. Fold Piece 2 along each solid line. Wrap the ends of the long rectangular piece around to form a rectangle and glue the long tab to the back of the opposite side. Fold the top of the tower down and glue down each of the three tabs to the inside of the tower base.
Fold Piece 3 along each solid line. Fold down the side flaps on each triangular point. Apply a very small amount of glue to each of the triangular side flaps and attach to the main tower.
Glue Piece 1 to the top of the main tower.
Fold Piece 4 along each solid line. Create the smaller tower by gluing the flap on the inside of the opposite side.
Attach Piece 5 to the smaller tower in the same manner as you attached the top of the main tower.
Glue Piece 6 to the top of the smaller tower.
Attach the two towers to a piece of cardboard using glue.
Decorate the landscape of your tower using figurine people, small trees, or by painting a moat around the towers.
Tips and warnings
- Create your own design, or try one of the other designs listed in the References.
- Experiment with materials---sugar cubes are excellent building blocks for model castles.
- Be careful when using scissors to cut out the castle.
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