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A Castle Story - Imaginative Play in Action

The Castle Story

By Noah – aged 4.

Once upon a time there was a castle.

In front of the castle there was a big forest, at the edge of the forest there was a river, and after that was The Land of Giant Mushrooms.

A Castle Story - Imaginative Play in Action

Lots of people lived in the castle, including fairies, knights, a prince, a princess, and a wizard.

The castled was defended by some brave knights, a boy with an eagle, and a friendly dragon. They needed to be very brave, because some baddies lived in the The Land of Giant Mushrooms and they were really really bad, and mean.

A Castle Story - Imaginative Play in Action

The boss of the baddies was the evil fairy queen. There was also a bad knight and all kinds of scary baddies.

One day the evil queen made her baddies attack the castle!

A Castle Story - Imaginative Play in Action

There was a big fight, and lots of shouting, and some blood, and the wizard did a spell, and one of the knights died. Then the other knight shouted “Send out the dragon!”

A Castle Story - Imaginative Play in Action

The big friendly dragon swooped down and caught the queen and put her in the dungeon.

A Castle Story - Imaginative Play in Action

Then they put up the draw bridge and the people in the castle could all go to sleep and be safe.

The end.

It may look like just a bit of playful fun and it is… but while my four year old sets up the castle scene and then acts out his story with the figurines, he is also totally immersed in holistic learning. He is using skills from every developmental area as he imagines the scene and creates the story.

He is using his motor skills and co-ordination to build the scene and balance the figurines on the turrets. He is practicing pre-reading skills by making up his own story with characters, a beginning, a middle and an end. He is figuring out social issues like what makes a character a goodie and what makes them a baddie and what happens when they die?

I could go on listing skills that Noah is using and developing as he plays with the castle, but you get the idea, this may just be a bit of imaginative play but it is also a whole lot of learning.

This is why I love imaginative play, because it combines multiple skills and you can just about see the learning and growing happening right before your eyes!

Win Your Own Castle and Figurines from Entropy.

Over the years we have collected lots of great figurines for imaginative play and we added the great castle one Christmas. People often ask me where we got the Schleich and Papo figures from and where the great castle came from and I’m always happy to recommend a great Australian toy shop – Entropy.

I shop online with Entropy every Christmas and have always been impressed with their range and service, so when they contacted me asking if I would like to work with them I was super excited! And I’m even more excited to give away a fabulous Papo castle play set from Entropy!

Win a Pap Castle, Castle base board and $50 worth of Papo figurines from Entropy and Picklebums

One lucky reader will win this amazing Papo Weaponmaster Castle (RRP $169), a Papo Castle Baseboard (RRP $19.95) and $50 worth of Papo figurines!

To enter pop over to the entropy site and check out the Papo figurines, then leave a comment on this post telling me which figurines would live in your castle and why. The most interesting, or funny comment will win.

Which Papo figurines would live in your castle and why?

 

Terms and Conditions.
You must be an Australian resident with an Australian post address to enter.
You must provide a valid email address and entries are limited to one per household.
Entries close Wednesday September 3rd 2014 at midday EST.
One winner will be contacted by email and announced on this post before September 30th 2014.
Entries will be judged on merit and creativity.
Prizes include a Papo Weaponmaster Castle (RRP $169), a Papo Castle Baseboard (RRP $19.95) and $50 worth of Papo figurines and postage within Australia.
Prizes may differ to those shown here and the figurines component of the prize are not necessarily those shown in the image and will be selected by Entropy staff to the nearest monetary value of $50.
The winner must contact me within 5 days or the prize will be re-drawn.
The winner agrees to have their contact details passed on to the appropriate PR company or brand representative who will send out/organise the prizes directly.

{disclosure: This is a feature post – find more information about feature posts here. The castle and figurines featured in this post belong to my children and were bought from Entropy and other stores, over many years, prior to this arrangement. The opinions shared in this post are my own. }

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My big boy is a fabulous reader, but when it comes to writing, well, let’s just say it is not really his thing. But he’d really like to get better at writing, so we are trying to practice at home and make it fun.

One way to make writing fun is to write letters to all your favourite people, and to make it even more fun Morgan and I sat down at the computer together and made a new printable kids letter writing set.

Free Printable Kids Letter Writing Set

All week my boy has been spending 15 minutes before bed writing letters.

He’s working on correct letter formation, leaving a space between words and remembering his capitol letters and full stops. What he’d really like is to be able to write really fast, but I’ll settle for him just having a go without being anxious!

Free Printable Kids Letter Writing Set

Just like our old letter writing sets (you can find set 1 here, and set 2 here) we’ve used the ‘dotted thirds’ lines to help with correct letter formation and made writing paper that has a ‘Dear’ and a ‘love from’ in pre-cursive script to help get you started.

This time we also made a plain dotted thirds sheet and a sheet with space for a picture at the top and dotted thirds underneath. Plus a matching envelope to cut out, fold and stick.

Free Printable Kids Letter Writing Set

This set comes in three different colours/designs – lemon-lime doodles, blue and white clouds, and red circles.

Free Printable Kids Letter Writing Set

You can download the full 12 page pdf printable kids letter writing set here

Do you write letters? Do your kids?

 

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