57424Re: Pied Piper activities
- Sep 3, 2008In Atlantia, the officer position is "Minister of Minors"...MoM.
I have helped with Children's Corner activities in my kingdom, and ran
one once (I hope to do more, but not without assistance!). Here are
some things we did:
-Made hobby horses out of wooden rods from Home Depot and socks, that
each child decorated, sewed yarn into to make a mane, and stuffed with
cotton batting. Then they named their trusty steed, and we had a race.
I also had a few store-bought hobby horses for children who wanted to
race, but didn't get a chance to come make a horse earlier in the day.
These horses were "for rent," and the child had to pay for it with a
song, a poem, a story, anything they could think of to show they
reeeally wanted the horse :P
-Made little bound books. I had pre-punched holes in paper and
construction paper. They decorated the construction paper, then I
showed them a period binding method (this is better for 6+)
-Treasure hunt! We in Atlantia do lots of treasure hunts. This is best
if different camps and merchants agree to be involved in it. There are
two types: information hunts and item hunts. I did a hunt for sheep
that "lost their way." These were little stuffed sheep (I happen to be
lucky enough to know a Scadian who collects stuffed sheep, and has
over 30 of them. I have also seen hunting for eggs...anything would do.
I also did a hunt that went with a book I read, called "Marguarite
Makes a Book." I read the book to them, which is about a little girl
who helps her papa make a medieval book (this is a GREAT scribal
introduction book, has good details). I had a 'list' of items that the
children needed to find, such as a feather for a quill pen, an egg
(ours were plastic) to make glair, and paper for the pages. This list
was in pictures, not words, so the ones that couldn't read yet could
participate too. The one who came back with all of the items first got
a prize...if I do it again, the prize will be a beginner's scribal
kit. (Can you tell I like to promote the scribal arts? *giggle*)
An 'information' hunt would be for older children, requiring them to
find certain people, and ask them a question and learn from them.
Examples of such would be "Find Sir Axel and ask him to explain the
Code of Chivalry. Then write down a brief explanation of it on your
paper." or "Seek out the crew of the pirate ship, the Dark Lady, and
inquire as to what the blazon of their ship's flag is (it's 2 rapier
swords crossed with a 'per pale' background...pretty simple). This is
great for children 10+, and teenagers can sometimes enjoy it,
especially if it's got a mixture of easy and challenging ones. You
could also put things in there like "Go to the archery field and wait
your turn to shoot off three arrows. Have the archery marshall sign
your paper and write down your score." Fun things like that that get
them to try new things...
I've also wanted to do gourd painting. Take a bunch of small gourds;
each child gets one. They need to be the weird shaped ones. Ask the
kids what their gourds look like (often they will say animals, or a
fruit, or something basic like that), then they paint the gourd to mae
it look like that thing. I have seen children do some fascinating
things with gourds. As a child myself, I painted a gourd to look like
a swan for my grandmother who loves swans. She still has it, and it
really does look like a swan.
Vivat the Dream,
Lady Julienne fille Gaspard, mka Jewel Shuping
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