Poppins Book Nook: Knights and Princesses

When I first found out the first theme was knights and princesses, I thought “YES!,” a chance to do some of the fun activities I have squirreled away under my pirates, princesses, and knights board.  Then I started noticing some problems in the kids behavior.  They weren’t major problems, but they were problems I wanted to nip in the bud before they became major problems.
training to be knights and princesses for God
So, I changed my plans and refocused on becoming a Knight for God and a Princess for God.  I dug out every single book I had on being princesses and knights, and rethought my plans.  Then I picked up a few books I had been wanting and this gave me the perfect excuse to get.

We started while the kids were still suffering from the TERRIBLE LAUNDRY DISEASE but were too antsy to just lay there and watched The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.  It made for a great introduction, and afterwards we wrote down everything we learned about knights and princesses on a giant chart tablet (which you will never see because the giant mess monster ate it).
Then, because they were still very pathetic, but I needed something to entertain them, we made paper clip armor for their stuffed animals.
paperclip armor
Which honestly didn’t go super well, and while it was a great time killer, it wasn’t all that great of an activity.  But, they had fun, even if we now can’t put the armor back on the dolls.
paper clip armor
After my debacle with the TERRIBLE LAUNDRY DISEASE I decided to ease into school and we read The Squire and the Scroll, and continued to add onto our chart.  Then we made a scroll.
how to make a scroll
I made a ridiculously strong pot of tea (3 bags for that pan), and we soaked the paper in it for a minute or two.  They take about an hour or so to dry.  Meanwhile they colored their popsicle sticks, and when it was all dry they wrote their advice for being a knight, and we rolled up their scrolls to be played with.
Next we read Princess Grace and the Little Lost Kitten, added more to our chart, and then I told them all to find some stuffed animals, and we spent a fun time at the rock park finding our lost toys.
toy hide and seek in the park
It was wildly successful, and we played a couple of rounds of it before I turned them loose to run around while I just say there and concentrated on not being sick.  It is incredibly hard to be sick when you’re kids aren’t.  They don’t want you to rest.
toy hide and seek in the park game
It was a great lesson in perseverance for Batman, who couldn’t find his dolly no matter how he looked, or that’s what he was trying to play like………
We read the other books up in the carousel, but I didn’t have any big activity to go with them.  Like I said, it’s been a bit of a rough couple of weeks, so I was worried this post wouldn’t go out at all….
full armor of God copywork
Finally we finished it all off with a bit of copywork and matching.  The kids enjoyed figuring out the armor of God, and didn’t grumble excessively about the copywork, even if it’s not their favorite thing (click on the picture below to grab the copywork).
armor of God copywork
So there was a lot done, even if it’s rather disjointed and all over the place.  The kids enjoyed it, and I rather enjoyed the whole thing.
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  1. says

    I have also found reminding the girls how princesses behave will sometimes help their behavior! I hope everyone is feeling well quickly!

    • says

      That’s a good point! I know with my boys it helps to remind them of being knights and that changes their behavior too.

  2. says

    I hope that everyone is feeling better! Love the hide and seek in the park activity, the paper clip armor, and the scroll. Even if they can’t put the armor back on the stuffed animals it sure looks like a fun activity!

    • says

      It was, they all really enjoyed this unit, thanks for asking me to participate, it’s been a fun challenge for me in general.

  3. says

    I think the paper clip armour’s actually my favourite part! I bet that kept them busy for ages.

    Hope you’re all feeling better again now. Being sick when people are bouncing off the walls around you is no fun.

  4. maryanne @ mama smiles says

    I think the paperclip armor is a fun idea! I think real armor is actually pretty hard to get on and off, too :)

    • says

      I think most clothes AND armor from that time is hard to take off, even my non-period correct corset I wore yesterday was a pain to get on and off and I don’t even cinch it up all that much.

  5. says

    I love the paperclip armor! That’s so creative!! And really, quite similar to what real armor would have been like.

    I hope the Laundry Disease died at your house – doesn’t sound like much fun at all!

  6. says

    Great post- Y’see, you can even write great posts when you’re exhausted- what a star!!
    I also have to agree that the paper clip armour is a clever touch- I’ll have to try that!( Actually I’LL be doing no such thing- I meant my children will have to try that!!)

    • says

      I knew what you meant :) I say the same thing a lot of times to people, meaning my kids will have to try it.

      We had SOOOOO much fun with this, I was really surprised at how much everyone enjoyed it all. The boys didn’t even complain about the copywork!

  7. says

    I can see how this theme would be greatly popular at your house. Sorry that you were implementing it while under the attack of the Laundry Disease, but it looks like the kids had a lot of fun with it anyway.

    • says

      They sure did. I’m really looking forward to the next theme: wizards, I’m thinking of using Harry Potter with this one and trying some “potion making”……

      So glad that disease is over with, now to get caught up on all that laundry and cleaning, we undid our massive work of cleaning from the week before.


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