Though the middle ages are routinely characterised as an inglorious time period during which innovation and learning were largely absent in Europe, the existence of medieval marvels such as castles shows the folly of the popular categorisation, because some of the castles built during the middle ages still stand today. That's why if you want to help your students understand the importance of the middle ages, you can't go wrong with assigning a medieval castle project.
To create a mosaic castle, take a large piece of cardboard and draw a castle on it using a pencil. Feel free to use your imagination and add embellishments to the scene such as castle guards, interestingly shaped windows or horses. Once you are finished drawing, paint the sky and the ground using acrylic paint. When the paint dries, start making your castle scene a mosaic by using glue, and different shades of torn tissue paper. Use dark paper for the dark, shadowy areas, and light coloured paper for the other areas.
Pop-Up Castle Card
Get two pieces of construction paper and fold them in half. One piece of construction paper will be the outside of the card and the other piece of construction paper will be on the inside of the card. On the inner piece of construction paper, make one pair of parallel cuts where the paper is folded. This will create flaps. Take the flaps that were formed by the cuts and fold them and then unfold them. Open the sheet of construction paper and push up the flaps. Print one picture of a castle and paste it onto the flap. This way, the image of the castle will appear to pop out. Paste the other piece of construction paper on the back of the card for extra durability.
Medieval Castle Mural Painting
You can transform a bare wall into a remarkable, mural castle painting. Get a picture of a medieval castle online or from a book, and then carefully sketch it on the wall. Once you are finished sketching, start painting. Add trees, flowers, and colourful birds. You may even add a princess or a knight on a horse.
Paper Mâché Castle Diorama
You can create your own medieval castle by using small cereal boxes as blocks. Stack the boxes and glue them to a wooden base. Make the castle walls by using small pieces of boxes or even one whole cereal box, and cut out pieces of the boxes for the finer details, such as windows and gates. Once you are finished building your castle, cover it with tissue paper using 1 ¼ cups of water, and 1 cup of flour mixed together to create a paper mâché finish. Apply more layers if needed. When the paper mâché dries, paint the castle. Use small brushes for the small areas like stones, doors and windows.
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