Every child has dreamed of going to, or living in a castle. This place may be real or even make-believe. Yet, it sparks stories, oh so grand! I had a chance to revisit my childhood dreams, when a teacher approached me and asked about creating a background for a play, featuring a compilation of fairytales. First, I thought "another thing to do". Then I began to fantasize and my imagination ran away with me. WHOOSH! As a kid, I often wished I could play in a castle. Soon the excitement of bringing this to life-size seemed quite doable. I wanted it to become a reality for the students in my school.
I wanted them to experience going from idea, to model, to life-size. I wanted them to experience "DOABLE".
This project supported the mandated literacy components:
- · Characters
- · Settings
- · Events
- · Problems
- · Conclusion
We needed a background or setting to support the characters and events.
First, I created a paper model. I used simple shapes like rectangles, squares, triangles, and circles. Then, the students and I recreated it on a larger scale. The students were intrigued about changing the scale and adding texture to make it look more believable.
The play was a success! Many children wanted to draw and write fairytales of their own. It was amazing to see and hear their creations and stories. I always tell them that they can create their own worlds inside and outside of their imaginations.