During a project, I sometimes simply open up an encyclopedia and read from it or let them read it if possible. I don't always have a plan for what I'll do next, then children work that all out without any help from me. So as I was reading about castles one child said he wanted to make a castle: great opportunity for me to bring in lessons about land and human needs. Another child was so fascinated by knights and he wanted to know how they're different from modern day soldiers. And then of course they all decided they have to be knights.
This week we made shields. We looked at different designs and each child picked their favourite [Little-N's with a dragon of course]. Here are some pictures of how we made the shields. Next week we will be making swords!