My girls have always been fascinated by castles, princesses and knights. Even after learning about the far less glamorous aspects of the time period through our Middle Ages study, they still felt there was much to be enjoyed.
We read about medieval times from a variety of sources (you can find our book list below) and we decided to finish off our study with a simple (or so I thought) model of a castle. I bought the Easy to Make Castle by AG Smith from Amazon (this is not an affiliate link) for $6.95. I assumed it would take an hour to build and they would lose interest.
I love it when I’m wrong! They went above and beyond the original model.
They decided to create a board to go underneath the structure and paint details, like a moat. They looked through their toys and found a princess to make her permanent home there. Of course she needed horse that was not made out of paper.
And then they played with their masterpiece for days.
Homeschool History: Middle Ages Book List
Here the list of some of the books we used to explore medieval times. Most can be found at your library.
A Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli A Newbery book, this chapter book is appropriate for ages 7 and older.
- You Wouldn’t Want to be in a Medieval Dungeon! by Fiona Macdonald A fun look at the many interesting characters that could be found in a dungeon with cartoon like images.
- A Medieval Feast by Aliki Beautifully illustrated look at the food and manners of the times, from farm to the nobles table.
- The Duke and the Peasant – Life in the Middle Ages by Sister Wendy Beckett An adventures in Art book featuring the calendar pictures in the Duc de Berry’s Tres Riches Heures.
- The Middle Ages – Stories, Activities and Reproducibles by Tara McCarthy Classic abbreviated stories with matching activities including Beowulf, Robin Hood,The Canterbury Tales and King Arthur. A great introduction to medieval literature for younger readers.