Germany's Noble Neuschwanstein


Explore German history from the Middle Ages to modern times. Study German castles, such as Neuschwanstein Castle, then design and build one of your own.


1. Find Germany on European and world maps. Research the country's history and its culture. Find pictures and descriptions of some of the hundreds of ancient palaces and castles located in Germany. What materials were used in their construction? Why are they still standing after so many years?

2. With a variety of different boxes, cardboard rolls, and other recycled materials, put together a castle. Cut construction paper or paper cups with Crayola® Scissors to make turrets. Attach pieces with Crayola School Glue and masking tape.

3. Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Paint the castle using Crayola Washable Paint and Paint Brushes. Dry.

4. Glue on doors and windows cut from construction paper. Use craft sticks, foam produce trays, and/or paper plates to add accents to your castle. Color in details with Crayola Washable Markers.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Recycled Cardboard Tubes—Use paper towel tubes, gift-wrap tubes, or long cardboard tubes that can be cut to any length. Health professionals caution against using recycled toilet paper tubes for arts & crafts projects because of the potential fecal contamination.

Recycled Foam Produce Trays—Wash in hot, soapy water. No meat or poultry trays should be used.

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.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • Younger students or those with learning disabilities focus on one aspect of German history, such as the construction of castles. Gather information about daily life in castles, such as clothing, food, daily routines, and transportation. Design costumes and props to reenact typical castle events.
  • Research one German castle, such as the famous Neuschwanstein located in the Bavarian Alps, to find out the many interesting facts about it.
  • Construct other German architecture such as a magnificent cathedral or fortress.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Markers
  • Washable Kid's Paint
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • paper plates
  • recycled boxes
  • masking tape
  • chenille sticks
  • recycled foam produce trays
  • container(s) of water
  • paper scraps
  • craft sticks (optional)
  • paper cups
  • recycled gift wrap or paper towel roll



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students locate Germany (Deutschland) on a map of Europe, and find photographs of castles located in the country.

  • Students research information about German culture and history from the Middle Ages to modern times.

  • Students design and build a castle resembling those found in Germany.


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