Castles Dragons Kings and Queens! Preschoolers love fantasy play and this theme "plays" right into that! There is so much potential draw children into learning with this theme!
Let's get planning for some great make believe play and learning!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme Art
Sponge Paint Castles
Provide shallow trays of paint and rectangular and squared sponges.
The children dip them into the paint and press on the paper to make "stones".
When dry, cover the walls in your classroom with them!
Materials needed: plastic sheets (I use the sturdy laminate sheets), thinned tempura paint, colored glue.
Have the children draw designs on the plastic with colored glue. Let dry for a couple of days.
Give the children thinned tempura paint to paint the sections in between the glue lines.
When dry, hang on sunny windows!
Take 2 large pieces, or more, of posterboard. Draw lines on them with heavy black marker to look like boards.
Let the children paint the bridge with watercolor paints.
When dry, attach the boards together with clear packing tape.
Hang in your classroom or outside your classroom door as a drawbridge just waiting to come down!
You could cover it with contact paper and then place it at the doorway coming into your classroom.
Hole punch holes in the two corners furthest from the door.
Tie rope into the hole.
Drape the rope up to over the door to make it look like the drawbridge is down.
In the Forest
Provide large pieces of newsprint. Encourage the children to work together to paint a forest mural.
Talk about and show pictures of what the forest looks like.
Paint trees, flowers, forest critters, paths.
When dry, hang outside your classroom. This is the forest before you enter the Castle: your classroom!
Or, hang on the walls in your dramatic play area!
Materials Needed: cardboard crown stencils, large construction paper in a variety of colors, glue, miscellaneous arts and crafts, marker, scissors
The children trace their choice of crown design stencil onto large construction paper and cut it out.
The children add their own decor to their crown.
When dry, fit onto the child's head and staple. (I usually tape the staples to cover them. They sometimes will catch in the children's hair).
Note: If you are using heavy craft materials (jewels or the like), you may want to use heavier paper than construction paper so it does not rip, such as tagboard.
Roll construction paper into a cone shape and secure after the children have painted and decorated.
Attach ribbons, streamers or transparent and glittery fabric from the top.
Needed: 1 plastic milk or water gallon jug for each child; craft glue; miscellaneous craft supplies
Cut the tops off and cut them to only cover the top, back and sides of the head.
The children decorate by gluing their choice of items on.
Materials needed: long paint sticks (the ones you mix gallons of paint with. Most stores will donate them to you); markers; stencils of star shapes; cardboard; hot glue gun
The children decorate their stick with markers.
They trace a star (or other shape) onto cardboard and cut out (you may need to precut--cardboard is difficult to cut for preschoolers).
The children paint and glitter the star.
Hot glue or tape the star on the end of their magic wand!
VARIATION: One teacher simply had children decorate (with crayons) a colored piece of construction paper.
When done, she rolled the paper up tightly and used clear tape to cover it for basic magic wands.
Preschool Coat of Arms
Image Castles coat of arms
Materials needed: Sturdy tagboard, paint, markers
Cut out a Coat of Arms or Shield Shape
Let the children draw and paint on it to make their own!
Castle Flags or Banners
Materials needed: posterboard cut into smaller rectangles; paint, glitter, glue
Show the children different pictures of flag books.
The children design their own flags to display around the classroom "castle"!
Preschool Castle Flags
Materials needed: posterboard cut into rectangular, banner shapes, glue, glitter, jewels, paint
The children design banners to hang around the classroom.
Materials: cardboard egg cartons, wiggly eyes, paint, pipe cleaners (red, yellow and orange for fire).
Yup, and you thought egg cartons were only for making caterpillars!
Materials Needed: 1 small box for each child (shoe boxes or jewelry boxes work well), jewels, sequins, glitter, glitter paint
The children decorate and keep for their treasures!
This would go well after reading the book The Red Wolf by Margaret Shannon
Castle Dragons Kings and Queens Theme Block Center Ideas
Of course! Now, get creative here. Do you have blocks put away that you only bring out once in a while?
I know this may seem like a lot, but the creativity it will encourage is worth it.
Provide ALL of your blocks at the block area! Include blocks like:
Plastic Waffle Blocks
Colored Cardboard Blocks
Cereal boxes: Yes! In advance ask parents to save cereal boxes! They make AMAZING building blocks!!!
Colored Wooden Blocks (you know, the ones you usually have for the math center).
Provide paper and scissors for the children to make banners and flags for their castles.
Provide small lunch bags for the children to open and then crumple up to represent rocks.
Provide blue paper to make a mote.
Add alligators, dragons and a play castle with knights and horses.
EXTENSION: If you decide to use cereal boxes...make it an ongoing castle building event.
As the children build, glue or tape the boxes together and you'll have a castle by the end of one week!
Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
The Minstrel News
Use a prince and princess or dragon puppet to share the news of the day.
Use the puppet to each the children about what life was like in castle times or to introduce an activity that will be in one of your interest centers.
What is in a Castle?
Hang a large piece of chart or other paper on the wall.
Ask the children to tell you everything they know about castles!
What are they made of?
What is inside of them?
Who lived in them?
Go back to this list at the end of your theme and find out what else they learned!
Materials needed: a few blocks (one for each child) and a box of sugar cubes, glue and a shallow tray
Discuss what castles are made of and how they are made.
Have each child come and place their block to help make a small castle.
It will eventually fall over. Ask them how they think real castles stayed standing? (glue, morter, etc.)
Now, give each child a sugar cube to investigate!
Have them, one at a time, come and place a cube on another to make a castle. You will add glue to each cube before they place it.
EXTENSION: If you have enough, you could allow them to make their own cube castle at center time.
Totes McGotes! A Moat!
Materials needed: In a box or tote (bin), place items that have to do with moats such as: toy alligator, cup of water, sand, grass, leaves, and a roll of blue painter's tape.
At circle, tell the children that you have some items that have something to do with castles and they need to guess what they are for.
Take the items out one by one (except for the tape) and ask what each item is. Then ask what part of castles it is. Show them pictures of castles.
Introduce the word moat! Ask why castles may have had moats around them (protection from enemies).
Now, take out the tape and tape two parallel lines at circle.
Place the items from your bin inside the two lines.
Have the children take turns jumping over the moat!
Fingerplays and Such for Circle Time related to
Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme
Five Little Monkeys
Okay, not castle related, but possibly has to do with the moat!
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Crocodile: “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Crocodile
As quiet as can be and…SNAP!
Four little monkeys sitting in a tree…
Three little monkeys sitting in a tree…
Two little monkeys sitting in a tree…
One little monkey sitting in a tree,
All the little monkeys are still sitting in the tree,
As the crocodile swims away they say "Haha! You missed me!"
Five Queens Fingerplay
There were five queens on a quest (Hold up five fingers)
To see who was the very best (Wiggle fingers)
The first queen went to take a test (Touch thumb)
The second queen said, I’ll go out west (Touch index finger)
The third queen climbed Mount Everest (Touch middle finger)
The fourth queen made a beautiful vest (Touch ring finger)
The fifth queen said, I’ll just take a rest. (Touch little finger)
The Queen of Hearts
The Queen of Hearts, She made some tarts,
All on a summer's day.
The Knave of Hearts, he stole the tarts,
And took them clean away.
The King of Hearts, called for the tarts,
And scolded the knave full bore.
The Knave of Hearts, brought back the tarts,
And vowed he'd steal no more.
Five Kind Kings
This would be even more fun and engaging for the children if you had pictures or flannel pieces to place on a board while telling it!
5 kind kings sitting in the castle.
1 went out to find the queen. Oh, What a Hassle!
4 kind kings eating at the table.
1 went out to find his field with its own label.
3 kind kings sitting on their thrones.
1 went out to give the dragon some delicious bones.
2 kind kings putting on their crowns.
1 dropped his and it fell to the ground.
1 kind king went to the keep (a keep is a tower in the castle),
He climbed on his bed and he fell fast asleep!
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Have foods that can be easily eaten with hands- trail mix, crackers and cheese, fruit salad, etc.
Buy Goblets from a party store or ask parents to donate them. (Keep these to use in dramatic play later!)
Make your favorite banana muffins with the children.
When cooked, place a chocolate coin on top!
Needed: Mini Graham cracker pie shells (one for each child), pudding, milk, spoons,
The children help you to measure and mix the pudding.
They help to scoop pudding into a pie shell using a spoon.
Refrigerate and enjoy!
Fit for Royalty
In medieval times, food was typically presented to please the eye as well as the tummy!
Have your children "paint" onto sugar cookie dough using water with a bit of food coloring before baking them.
You can also do this with milk and food coloring on bread before toasting!
Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Inside and Outside the Castle
Look for a large box (washer, dryer or other appliance box) and make it into a castle. Draw stone shapes. Let children make flags and banners for it.
Inside your castle, set up chairs that have fabric draped over them, dress up clothes, play food, crowns.
Set up a moat around your castle using blue fabric as the water. Add stuffed animal dragons and alligators.
Set up an area as a cave for your dragons to live in!
Notices of all kinds were delivered by horse during medieval times.
Make a writing center in your dramatic play area. Glue feathers onto markers and pens. Make scrolls by rolling up paper. Provide ribbon to tie off the messages.
The children use stick ponies or pretend ponies to deliver messages.
Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme Ideas for your Easel--
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Create A Castle
Encourage children to create their own castles at the easel this week. Provide different types of brushes:
Thin and thick tradition brushes for painting but also foam brushes to learn how to "sponge" paint as well!
Provide yellow, red and orange paint at the easel for the children to paint with.
When they are done, help them to press plastic wrap on their painting and pull off for a cool fire effect.
Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme Large Group Games
that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Give Fire to the Dragon
In advance, cut out a large dragon's head. Cut a hole out for it's mouth.
Roll some socks into balls and stick some red/yellow/orange streamers into the socks so the streamers are hanging out like flames (you could attached them with heavy tape to your bean bags instead).
The children throw the flames into the dragon's mouth.
EXTENSION: After cutting out the dragon, place it in your art area as a group paining project for the children to paint. When dry, use it for the flame game!
In advance, turn 2 liter plastic bottles into bowling pins by adding some clip art on the outside. Perhaps they will look like stones for the castles, or dragons!
Dragon Paw Hopscotch
In advance, cut out large, dragon paw shapes from construction paper.
Tape securely to the carpet of floor.
There are so many games you could use these for:
Hopscotch- by giving them each a red, yellow or orange (flame colored) bean bag to toss.
Castle Twister- Right foot on the red paw!
Follow the Paw prints- A way to get from your classroom to the bathroom in an orderly and fun fashion! Hop from paw print to paw print.
Find the King's Silver!
Have a scavenger hunt that promotes counting! In advance, hide "silver", either real coins or pieces of cardboard covered in aluminum foil, throughout the classroom or play yard.
Parade Day With Some Fanfare!
Have a castle dress up day! Children come in their favorite castle attire or they use the items from dramatic play to dress up.
Go on a parade throughout your school using kazoos to announce the group!
Set up an obstacle course in a large area or outside. Theme it! Call it the Enchanted Forest! Call the items by names that go along with it such as "Go AROUND the tree stump (which might be a trash can!), etc.
Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom
Castle Word Wall
Place words with pictures on the library wall:
Castles, princess, queen, king, moat, knight, crocodile, etc.
Add medieval puppets in the library for the children to act out some of their favorite stories.
Book Suggestions for the Library for the theme of:
Castles Dragons Kings and Queens
Barbar the King by Jean De Brunhoff
Castle by David McAulay (Eyewitness Books)
Castles, Caves and Honeycombs by Linda Ashman
Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
A Dragon Moves In by Lisa Falkenstern
Get Well Good Knight by by Shelley Moore Thomas
Good Night Good Knight by Shelly Moore Thomas
I Want My Dinner by Tony Ross
In the Castle by Anna Milbourne
Jack and the Dragon by Michael Yu and Rachel Yu
King Bidgood's In the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
The King Who Rained by Fred Gwynne
The King and the Seed by Eric Maddern
The Magical Dragon's Three Gifts by Rachel Yu
May I Bring a Friend by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E. Pendziwol and Marting Gourbault
Over at the Castle by Boni Ashburn
The Pet Dragon by Christoph Niemann
The Popcorn Dragon by Janet Thayer
Princess Grace and Poppy by Jeanna Young
The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane Auch
The Princess Twins and the Tea Party by Mona Hodgson
The Red Wolf by Margaret Shannon
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
The Royal Mice: The Sword and the Horn by Loretta Krupinski
The Usborne Book of Castle Tales by Heather Amery
The Very Smart Pea and the Princess to Be by Mini Grey
Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop math skills as well as develop those small muscles in their hands!
In advance, cut out several different large crown designs.
Draw a large shape on each "turret" of the crown and place a number in the circle
Provide a bowl of jewels.
The children place the proper number of jewels in each circle.
I don't know where I got these dragons, they have been in my folder for years! I'm sure you can find a shape online that you'd like to use.
Trace dragons onto sturdy cardboard and then laminate and hole punch around the outside (where the dots are on my picture).
Then provide lacing strings!
Provide actual coins or find plastic gold coins at a party store.
The children can count, classify and sort these in many ways.
You can also create boards for them to sort on.
Perhaps a royal change purse picture that you copy and place on the table. Program each purse with a specific number. The children place the corresponding number of coins on or in the purses.
Why not? Provide different colors of playdough along with craft sticks, rolling pins and people cookie cutters (and dragons and horses!).
Let the children create their own castle and accessories here!
Medieval Shape Match
Find clip art that you can copy and color. Make one set of each. Laminate.
The children sort and match them.
Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
They are silly.......the medieval version of clown entertainers!
How about a silly game of Court Jester Copy Me!
The children are all in a circle.
Allow each child to have a turn going in the middle and "teaching" their friends a new move!
VARIATION: Pair the children up. They face each other and take turns being the leader. Whatever they do, their "mirror" person has to do: balance one one foot, clap hands, etc.
They take turns doing this.
Give each child a streamer to dance with. Play medieval music (like baroque) or some classical and then fast music.
Music For the King or Queen
Give the children instruments. Set up one chair that has some royal looking fabric on it and a crown.
Let each child have a turn being the king or the queen and wear the crown.
As they sit on the throne, they tell the other children (their subjects) what type of music they want to hear (fast, slow, happy, sad)
The "subjects" play that type of music while dancing.
The King in the Castle
This is like The Farmer in the Dell, but you change the words to fit the theme:
The King takes a queen;
The Queen takes a jester;
The Jester takes a paige;
The Paige takes a knight;
The Knight knees before the king; etc.
Play this traditional game with the children!
Old King Cole
Old King Cole, was a merry old soul, and a merry old soul was he,
He called for his pipe, and he called for his bowl,
And he called for his, fiddlers three.
And every fiddler , had a fine fiddle,
And a very fine fiddle had he.
Oh there's none so rare, as can compare,
With King Cole
And his fiddlers three.
The Grand Old Duke of York
Act out this fun song!
The grand old duke of York
He had ten thousand men,
He marched them up the hill,
He marched them down again.
And when they're up, they're up, (stand up)
And when they're down, they're down, (sit down)
But when they're only half way up, (crouch)
They're neither up nor down
All Around the Castle
(Sung to Pop Goes the Weasel)
Another fun one to act out!
All around the castle
The knight chased the dragon
The dragon thought it was all in fun
ROAR went the dragon!
Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme Activities for the Senses!
Royal Jewel Hunt
Add some glass jewels to your sand table this week. Include sand sifters, spoons and small craft sticks for searching.
EXTENSION: Add some cups with numbers on them (based on the number concepts you are working on in your classroom) and the children place that number of jewels in each cup as they find them.
In advance, make many trays of ice cubes with food coloring in them!
Provide the ice cubes with mittens, teaspoons and salt.
The children build castles using the different ice cubes. The salt helps melt some of the ice so that two cubes will stick together!
Build a Moat
Provide water, spoons, alligators, large craft sticks and little people to your sand table.
The children use the spoons to dig a moat and then add water to the moat.
Use the craft sticks as a way to get across the moat.
If you have a small play castle, add that to the middle!
VARIATION: Instead of plain sand, mix sand and cornstarch with water to make "moonsand"!
Play in the Moat
Place blue coloring into your water at the water table.
Provide water wheels and other props (people, horses, leaves, alligators).
Fruit were a very popular food in medieval times.
Provide an orange for each child and have a LOT of whole cloves available.
The children insert cloves into the oranges. They can make designs, spell their names, etc.
Insert a ribbon in one end for the children to use to hang this as an air freshener at home!
Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Provide magnifying glasses, different colors and shapes of glass jewels, beads, rocks and coins.
Let the children inspect, compare and investigate!
Provide journals for the children to draw what they find!
The Science of the Kings Bubbles!
Check out bubbles! Place bubble solution in a large container or bin.
Have the children help you find items in the classroom that have holes in them that you could use as bubble wands!
Okay, so that phrase went out decades ago!
But, let's weigh some themed items: jewels, coins, little people!
Provide items and balance scales along with journals at your science area.
The workers, or peasants, tended the farms and gardens for the royal family.
Provide soil, seeds, paper cups and water to plant a flower garden.
The children can sort and investigate the seeds one day.
Plant the next day.
And use journals to chart the growth throughout your theme!
Many fairy tales talk of potions that are made for healing, drinking etc.
Make your own potions!
Provide clear, plastic cups; craft sticks or coffee stirrers and interesting things to add to potions such as:
dirt, grass, water, flour, paint, etc.
For a "drinkable" potion, provide different types of drinks for the children to add to their cups using pipettes such as:
orange juice, water, fruit juice, ginger ale, etc.
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme!
Let Me Check My Scroll!
Show children how to roll up paper into scrolls. They can then write notes or draw pictures for each other and deliver them.
The King's Seal
Most kings had a seal that was used to press into wax that sealed a note or message. Each king has his own seal.
Provide stamps and stamp pads at the writing table. Encourage the children to stamp out a Castle scene using them and printing words or their name.
Write down their story that goes with their picture.
Make all the pictures and stories into a Preschool Castle Story---a class book to read and share in your library!
In advance, cut large brown grocery bags into large squares. Crinkle the pieces up and spray with a solution of water and vinegar. Let dry. Uncrinkle.
They will look like old parchments! Put these in the Writing Center for this theme!
Miscellaneous Activities for Your Castles Dragons Kings and Queens Theme!
Hang different flags around your room. Have many non-fiction flag books available throughout your classroom.
Castles of the Past
Find pictures online (or in books) print/copy and hang throughout your classroom.
Visit a Castle
Is there an old castle in your town that is now something else, like a restaurant? Do some research and take a field trip!