Castles With Character

crayola supplies

household supplies


Is it a setting for a Medieval play, contemporary mystery, or royal family? This castle comes complete with finger puppets for storytelling.


  1. 1. Independently read fiction set in and around castles. Meet in groups to discuss the books you and your classmates are reading. Compare and contrast settings, plots, and characters. Share titles and authors for future reading. Research information about castle architecture.
  2. 2. Build an authentic or imaginative castle using colored Crayola® Model Magic. Smooth Model Magic over plastic bottles and cardboard tubes to make a large castle form. Knead two colors of Model Magic together with hands for a marbled effect. Flatten the modeling material with hands. Use Crayola Scissors to cut shapes for windows, doors, and a shingled roof. Firmly press pieces onto castle form. Embed small beads and other decorative items as desired. Dry.
  3. 3. Construct finger puppets of the main characters by smoothing Model Magic over your finger. Remove your finger and allow the modeling material to stiffen slightly. Add more modeling compound to create features, clothing, and hair. Embed decorative items as desired. Dry.
  4. 4. Meet with book groups again to retell your stories to each other with your castles and finger puppets.


Book groups read independently and discuss the same book. Meet after reading each chapter (or several chapters) to discuss predictions for the next chapter. Each book group works cooperatively to build a castle and set of characters. Book groups retell finger puppet stories, with each student taking a part.

Meet with individual children to listen to story retellings. Encourage students to use castles and finger puppets in their retellings. Ask probing questions about characters, setting, plot, and castle architecture. Informally assess student ability to read, understand, and represent texts based on retellings.

Write original stories using castles and characters. Be sure to include details about the imagined castle interior and about the characters' personalities. Meet with book groups again to share castles, finger puppets, and stories.


Students read historic or contemporary fiction that is set in and around castles.

Students build castles and characters to use in retelling stories, demonstrating their understanding of fiction texts and period architecture.

Students write their own narrative fiction, including detailed descriptions of the characters and castle setting.


Grades 4 to 6


Language Arts
Visual Arts


30 to 60 minutes
Multiple Sessions

curriculum standards links

US: Research U.S. Standards
UK: Research UK Standards
Canada: Research Canada Standards

safety guidelines

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

Recycled Containers—Must be clean and safe. Do not use containers that contained bleach or other harmful chemicals (for example, household cleaners, dishwasher or laundry detergents). Do not use recycled metal cans that have sharp edges (for example, lids removed by household can openers).

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

© 2000 - 2007 Crayola, LLC