If your child enjoys pretending to be a knight during playtime, you can encourage this imaginative play by creating thematic scenery that she can use. For example, make a medieval castle out of materials that can be purchased from a craft supply store or found around the house, such as used cereal boxes. This enables your child to act like she is standing guard over the medieval castle, which she can customize using tempera paints.
Things You'll Need
- Cereal boxes
- Oatmeal containers
- Paper cone cups
- Tempera paint, gray
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue stick
- Black marker
Paint the outside of used cereal boxes, oatmeal containers and paper cone cups using gray tempera paint. Use as many boxes, containers and cups as you prefer. The more items you use, the larger the finished castle will be.
Insert a hot glue stick into a hot glue gun, and heat up the hot glue gun by plugging it into an electrical outlet for five minutes.
Squeeze a line of hot glue along one side of a painted cereal box, and press one side of another cereal box against the glue. Hold the two boxes in place for two minutes so that the glue can harden. Repeat this process to create a square or a rectangle of painted cereal boxes.
Create a second square of rectangle of painted cereal boxes using the same method. Squeeze a line of hot glue around the entire top of the first square or rectangle of cereal boxes, then press the second cereal box form on top of it. This will create a second layer of boxes.
Squeeze a quarter-sized dollop of hot glue onto one corner of the castle form, and press a painted oatmeal container onto the glued corner. Hold the oatmeal container in place for two minutes. Repeat to glue a painted oatmeal container at each corner of the castle.
Squeeze a line of hot glue around the opening of a painted cone cup, and press the glued edge of the cup onto the top of one of the oatmeal containers. Hold the cone in place for two minutes to let the glue harden. Repeat to add a pointed cone top to each oatmeal container.
Draw detailing onto the medieval castle using a black marker, such as bricks, doorways and windows.
Tips & Warnings
- Keep hot glue away from children. Hot glue can cause serious burns on skin.
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