Kids love to learn about the medieval times, including knights, queens, and castles. Here are some ideas to get you started and allowing children to explore and imagine medieval times.
Medieval Songs and Fingerplays
I'm A Knight In Armor (Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a knight in armor, look at me.
See how shiny I can be.
With my visor up my eyes you'll see.
But with it down it protects me.
Come To The Castle (Tune: Down by the Station)
Come to the castle early in the morning,
See the lords and ladies all in a row.
See the prince and princess leaving in the carriage.
People throw confetti as they go.
Come to the castle early in the evening.
See the king and queen sitting on their thrones.
See the knights in armor coming in from battle.
See the captured dragons rattling their bones.
Medieval Art Activities
Family Crest Coat of Arms
Cut out a shield shape from construction paper. Divide each shape into four sections. Provide magazine pictures to add for decoration or give children crayons to create their own. You may wish to provide photos of old crests for examples.
Use an inverted egg carton for the body. Pipe cleaners, crepe streamers and tissue paper can be used for decoration.
Medieval Princess Hats
Roll a sheet of construction paper to form the cone shape of the hat. Add a streamer at the top and let the child decorate with sequins and glitter.
Provide crowns for children to decorate and wear.
Cut a small hole in the bottom of the green paper cup. Cut several red and orange streamers, and tape the ends inside the cup around the drinking end of the cup. Glue a craft stick to the bottom of the cup. Allow the glue to dry Attach two green pom poms near the base of the cup. Add a wiggle eye sticker to each pom pom. To make the dragon breathe fire, hold the cup and blow through the hole in the base of the cup.
Medieval Math and Science
Go over the nursery ryhme "Sing A Song of Sixpence", and then give the children several different types of coins like pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. Have the children sort them and count them. Tell the children they are being like the king counting out his money in the rhyme.
Forever Sand Castle
1 cup sand
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup liquid starch
Mix ingredients together and cook over medium heat while constantly stirring. When mixture thickens remove from heat and knead. Children can hand sculpt or use buckets for molds. Creations will harden as they dry.
Medieval Motor Skills and Movement
The Prince and Princess
Dance to baroque music and do this movement poem:
Here is the Prince with the feathered cap (Boys take off caps and bow)
Here are his boots that go tap, tap. (Boys march around)
Here is the Princess with a crown. (Girls touch crowns with both hands)
Here is her lovely velvet gown. (Girls hold out imaginary skirt and curtsy)
Here is the castle tall and wide. (Lift arms for tall and wide)
Here they can play safely inside! (Wraps arms around self and hug self)
Hide pictures of dragons or a toy dragon around room or playground. Have your 'knights' go on a dragon hunt.
Using small and large marshmallows, have children build a castle they can eat afterwards.
Other Medieval Resources
- Fantasy and Medieval Activities
- Medieval-Fantasy Crafts
- Princess ~ Prince ~ Knight ~ Castle printables