Dramatic Castles, Sticky Houses and Thread-able Noodles

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R was 16 months old at the time of this activity

Book: 

See Inside Castles by Usborne – See Inside Castles is a great book with lots of flaps to flip, making reading the book even more enjoyable, especially for reluctant readers.  I had these books out in my classroom for quiet reading time.  Many of the children, especially the boys in my class, were drawn to these books.

Activity:

1. Cause and Effect Castle

IMG_8384I made a cardboard castle for R to explore some cause and effect relationships.  I didn’t get a chance to paint the castle, but lots of fun things were added.  I used lots of duct tape and twine to put it all together!  There was a draw bridge, a sliding wall that had spy goggles using cardboard rolls, a room and a pulley mechanism to pull toys up to a window. R played with all the parts of the castle for a long time.  I usually tidy up the activities after our activity time, but I left the castle out and she continued to play in there for over an hour and over many days.  My favourite part was when she brought in a pillow and laid down inside with her stuffies! Continue reading