Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Castle Project

Scout's final project of the school year was to create a castle - they're studying the Middle Ages - who doesn't love that...and I have sand all over my house again...

...Just like with the pyramid project - Scout wanted to do papier mache - so we started by tearing up some newspaper...

...we made a huge pile of paper and then played in it for a little while - it was like playing in the leaves...

...then we got down to business and cut out the shapes...

...made some turrets...

...and taped everything together...

...lots of cutting and taping...

...and reading of notes...

...lots of gluing too...

...then the painting began - see how meticulous he is...

...then the fun of throwing some sand around...

...tracing the castle on the base...

...more paint for the inner courtyard's sand to stick to...

...more sand...

...then a mote...

...then some grass...

...then some glue on the mote...

...because Scout had the brilliant idea that plastic wrap glued to the blue paint would look like water - I love it...

...then the whole castle gets a coat of grey paint...

...now on to building the wooden gate house...

...using pliers as a cutting tool...

...a rickety roof...

...finally - all painted - labeled and ready to go...

...Scout's 'extra credit' items included several knights, an heraldric banner, a drawbridge windlass, and a pot of boiling oil...

...Scout is proud of his project - wish him luck!

11 comments:

  1. Fantastic. He is sure to get a good grade and he should be very proud of it. Such good work. MOM

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  2. Boiling oil, there's nothing like boiling oil!

    I love Medieval Castles, when walking around them it is always amazing just how far one can see.

    No slouches those old choosers of sites!

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  3. Very impressive castle, as is your woven stole.

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  4. Wow. He should be proud. That's a might impressive project - what a lot of hard work and thought that has gone into it!

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  5. I want to make one! He did such agreat job.

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  6. Wow! The castle is so thorough and cool. Nice work!

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  7. And, of course, I wish Scout the best of British luck!

    I am minded of the chap who said that the harder he worked the luckier he became....

    Scout certainly worked hard at the castle.

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  8. Outstanding! The details Scout added are so cool :0)

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  9. that is SO AWESOME!!!!

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  10. Wow, such patience to complete all those separate steps with such detail. What a huge accomplishment. Great work!

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