Castles and Dragons preschool lesson plans

Sing "Puff the Magic Dragon"

Crown Matching
cut out several different colored crown shapes and decorate them in pairs so there are two that are identical. Have the children match up the identical crowns. 

Hop over the Moat
Create a moat by taping blue paper to the floor. Have the chilren try to hop over the moat. 

Books
"The Knight that was Afraid of the Dark"
"Rumpelstilskin"
"The Tale of Custard the Dragon"

Create a Crown
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Cut the construction paper to form the design of a crown. The children can decorate the crown with crayons, markers, paint, glitter or even jewels (bling). Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. 

Jump in the Moat
Set a hula hoop on the floor. Play some music and have your child walk around the hula hoop. When the music stops, have them jump into the hoop (the moat). 

What time is it Mr. Dragon?
This is a fun game to play outside. You can change the name to suit any theme. The children all line up against a wall or fence. And one child, Mr. Dragon or the teacher faces away from the children, a good distance away from the children. The children yell, what time is it "Mr. Dragon", Mr. Dragon answers 1 o'clock, and the children all take one step toward Mr. Dragon. The children yell again, what time is it "Mr. Dragon", Mr. Dragon answers (fill in the blank) o'clock, and the children all take same number of step toward Mr. Dragon. This continues until all the children are very close to Mr. Dragon, then Mr. Dragon will answer it's midnight, and chases the children back to the fence or wall that they started at. The first person Mr. Dragon touches will be the new Mr. Dragon. 

Dramatic Play
Provide the children with pretend crowns, capes, princess wands and other items to go along with the castle theme. 

Build a castle in the block area

Prince/Princess Dance
Have the children wear their crowns and dance. 

Add Fairy Tales to the book area

Science:
What does a real dragon look like? 
Ask the children to describe what a dragon looks like. Are dragons real? How big are they? Where do they live? 
Show the children pictures of what real dragons look like. 

Musical Chairs
If they children made crowns, have them wear them during this activity. Arrange the chairs in a circle. If you have younger children it is best to have too many chairs. This can be a game where everyone wins. Place different color crown shapes on each chair. Have the children walk around the chairs until the music stops. Then everyone finds a chair. Ask who is sitting on a chair with a red crown? Blue? Etc.

Princess Wands
Each child will need a unsharpened pencil or dowel and a few pieces of streamers and tape. Have the child tape the streamers onto the pencil, they may also add star stickers on the pencil for decoration. 
Children can wave the wands around to music. 

Knight's Shield
Supply the each child with heavy cardstock. Chilren may cut the cardstock into the shape of a shield and then decorate with paints, markers, crayons, glitter, stickers or however else you can think of. 

Decorate the Dragon
Use a die cut machine or cut out dragon shapes. The children can decorate them with paint, markers, glitter etc. 
Use the above idea with any other shape, like a castle, crown, flower, knights charger... etc.

Dragon Pinata
You can buy a dragon pinata (or make one if you are ambitious) and have the children "slay" the dragon.

Read "The Princess and the Pea"
Have three cushions, place a small round object (like a marble) under one of the cushions. Have one child sit on each of the cushions and see if they can guess which has the pea under it. 

Create a Castle
obtain a large appliance box and have the children decorate the box like a castle. 

Royal Red Rover
Apply Prince, princess, Dragon and castle theme stickers onto 3x5 index cards. Affix yarn to the cards to create necklaces. Each child gets one card to wear. The game: "red rover red rover, send your princess on over" and the princess runs to the other side. 

Simon says becomes "The Prince/Princess/Dragon" says
Mother May I can be "King may I?"
Duck duck goose can become "prince/princess, Dragon"

Royal Play Dough
The children can add glitter into the play dough for a special treat.

Treasure Hunt 1 
Draw a simple map of your house. Hide a "treasure" somewhere in your house, something like a snack, or maybe a treasured toy. Explain the map to your child. Tell them where each room is. Next say there is a hidden treasure in the house, and the map is going to help them find it. Draw an X on the map where you have hidden the treasure. Help your child look for the treasure. 

Treasure Hunt 2 
Make a list of items you would like your child to find on a walk. Like a stick, leaf, fire hydrant, or blue car. Explain to your child that you are going on a treasure hunt and go over the list with your child. At first the items should be very easy to find.. and later can increase in difficulty. Go on the walk with the paper and mark of the items as your child finds them. This is really fun. Some more difficult ideas... Find an item that is: taller than you, can fit in your hand, is too heavy to lift, as long as your arm, is three different colors. Etc.

Sand and Water Table
Add gold coins to the sand table
create a moat in the water table, add plastic fish frogs, a little bit of sand, plastic boats
Add plastic dragons to the sand table, have the children make footprints with the dragons.

Dragon Footprints
You need several different plastic dragon toys. Show the children how to dip the dragon feet into paint (or onto a stamp pad) and press onto a piece of paper.

Dragon Tracks
Affix dragon track shapes on the floor in a path with contact paper. Have the children follow the path. You can make the shapes close together or far enough apart so that they can hop from one to the next.

Dragon Bowling
Obtain 10 half gallon milk cartons, or 2 liter bottles. Fill the bottles about 1/8 full with water and seal the lid. Then, decorate the bottles like dragons, adding construction paper ears, scales and tongue, and use permanent markers for the eyes and nose. Set the bottles up like they were bowling pins and have the children roll a ball to try to knock them over. If they don't knock over easily, remove some of the water. 

Dragon Cave
The children start by cutting out a hole from a shoe box on one of the sides. The box is then covered with a grocery bag in a hap-hazzard manner. Sticks, yarn and other materials can be added. 

Dragon Sponge Painting
Supply the children with Dragon shaped sponges and paint. Have the child dip the sponge into the paint and press gently onto a piece of paper. 

Dragon Rubbings
Cut Dragon shapes from paper doilys or sandpaper. Tape these Dragon to the table. Have the children place a piece of thin white paper over the Dragon and rub a crayon over the Dragon. 

Cookie Cutter Painting
Put a small amount of tempera paint in a large shallow container. (A pie tin works well) Show your child how to dip the cookie cutter in the paint and press onto a piece of paper to create a print. You may make Dragon pictures by using cookie cutters and colored paper. 

Sticker Art
For a very simple art project, supply the children with a piece of paper and stickers. For younger children this provides an excellent fine motor activity. 

Dragon Puppets
Supply each child with a paper lunch bag, green paper, googly eyes, and a black marker. Have the children cut the green paper into ear and triangle shapes and glue onto the bottom of the bag. Glue on the googly eyes and draw on the mouth and nose. You could also have the children cut out a dragon tongue from red aper and glue it in the mouth. 

Princess, Princess
by Amber Leigh
Sung to "Teddy Bear"
Princess, Princess
Turn around. 
Princess, Princess
Touch the ground. 
Princess, Princess, 
Shine your shoes. 
Princess, Princess, Skidoo. 

Princess, Princess
Go upstairs. 
Princess, Princess, 
Say your prayers. 
Princess, Princess, 
Turn out the light. 
Princess, Princess, 
Say good night.

Queen's Crown Matching
cut out several different colored crown shapes and decorate them in pairs so there are two that are identical. Have the children match up the identical crowns.

Save the Queen
Create a circular moat by taping blue paper to the floor. Have the chilren try to hop over the moat to save the queen in the center (a stuffed animal). Then jump back out.


Create a Queen's Crown (King for boys)
Measure your child's head, and cut a piece of construction paper long enough to create a headband. Cut the construction paper to form the design of a crown. The children can decorate the crown with crayons, markers, paint, glitter or even jewels (bling). Glue the paper together so the headband fits snugly on your child's head but is loose enough to take off easily. 


What time is it Queen/King? 
This is a fun game to play outside. You can change the name to suit any theme. The children all line up against a wall or fence. And one child, Queen/King or the teacher faces away from the children, a good distance away from the children. The children yell, what time is it "Queen/King", Queen/King answers 1 o'clock, and the children all take one step toward Queen/King. The children yell again, what time is it "Queen/King", Queen/King answers (fill in the blank) o'clock, and the children all take same number of step toward Queen/King. This continues until all the children are very close to Queen/King, then Queen/King will answer it's midnight, and chases the children back to the fence or wall that they started at. The first person Queen/King touches will be the new Queen/King. 

Dramatic Play
Provide the children with pretend crowns, capes, wands and other items to go along with the castle theme. Children can pretend to be Kings and Queens

Build a castle in the block area

Queen/King Dance
Have the children wear their crowns and dance.

Queen/King Wands
Each child will need a unsharpened pencil or dowel and a few pieces of streamers and tape. Have the child tape the streamers onto the pencil, they may also add star stickers on the pencil for decoration.
Children can wave the wands around to music.

Other Games
Simon says becomes "Queen/King" says
Mother May I can be "Queen/King may I?"
Duck duck goose can become "Queen, Queen, Jester"

Royal Play Dough
The children can add glitter into the play dough for a special treat.

Queens and Kings
by Amber Leigh
Sung to "Teddy Bear"
Queens and Kings
Turn around.
Queens and Kings
Touch the ground.
Queens and Kings
Shine your shoes. 

Queens and Kings, skidoo
Queens and Kings
Go upstairs.
Queens and Kings
Say your prayers.
Queens and Kings
Turn out the light.
Queens and Kings
Say good night.