Magnificent castles appear in many fairy tales. They house a royal family, guards and many others. They are defensive structures designed to keep enemies out. Castles can also be places of secrets, with rooms where people and things can be hidden, lost or locked away. After learning about the evolution and architecture of these fascinating structures, build your own mini castle. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Materials needed: a box for the castle - a shoebox or small mailing box work well, a smaller box for the castle keep, cardboard base larger than the castle box (can be cut from a box), tape - scotch or masking, glue stick or Elmer’s glue, scissors, construction paper, paper towel tubes (or paper rolled into a tall tube).
Optional supplies to embellish your model: tin foil, pipe cleaners, buttons, egg cartons, tissue paper, markers, crayons, wrapping paper to cover boxes, popsicle sticks, toothpicks etc.
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Major support provided by New York Life Foundation, the 2020 city-wide sponsor for the Summer Reading Program. Lead support for Brooklyn Public Library's Summer Reading 2020 program is provided by the National Grid Foundation. The program is supported by Con Edison and Macy's.