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You see, we are currently living in Germany – where castles are abundant! What better excuse to go explore another one? AND because Mother Goose Time is so easy to pick-up and teach anywhere, I decided to teach our lesson ON the castle grounds!
Our adventure started trying to get there! We quickly realized that we had to take a ferry over the river to get to the side where the castle was. We had discussed boats earlier in the week, so this was a nice way to introduce yet another type of boat.
We chose Rheinfels Castle due to the sheer size of the ruins, as well the labyrinth of trenches and tunnels. We had heard rave reviews about it and came prepared with walkie-talkies and head lamps. The kiddos were so excited they could barely contain themselves (and I must admit, Momma was, too)!
Upon arrival we discussed Castle Names and had fun trying to name our own imaginary castles! We then discussed ruins and different types of castles. We walked along the grounds, exploring what it had to offer above ground.
Next, we discussed who might live in castles. We talked a bit about crowns and jewels, and then moved on to the topic of defense and how one might protect the castle.
We then reviewed the different materials that homes are made of (for comparison), and next discussed different materials castles are made out of and why.
Next we made our way to the highest portion of the grounds and enjoyed the breathtaking view.
We decided to take a short stop on the grounds to fill our bellies. I took this time to discuss what scary things one may find in a castle. We spoke a little about Dragon’s dens and how many believe there once was one at the Wawel Castle in Poland. They didn’t seem phased (as you can see from the pictures) but I reassured them there were none were we were. …Now to explore some tunnels!
We warmed up our adventurous side by starting off in the above-ground tunnels. This was so much fun (and surprisingly dark for being above-ground)!
After getting a little taste of what we were in for, we were ready to take on the under-ground tunnels. Here we go…
These tunnels were CRAZY dark! There were lots of windy staircases, narrowing pathways with lowered heights, and lots of twists & turns!
We made the mistake of shining our light on the walls… only to find a plethora of slugs, spiders, and spider sacs surrounding us – to our sides and over-head. Friends, I made the mistake of being in flip-flops! Note to self: Think ahead next time!
As much as I wanted to haul booty out of there, the kiddos (with the help of my brave husband and our awesome cousin) collected slugs to observe.
We bravely endured the rest of the labyrinth and managed to find our way out! It was so much fun, yet a bit scary (Though I think Momma was the only one scared!)
Once we got to light, the kiddos were stoked to stop and check out their slugs.
We found this beautiful location to stop and do some work (aka – Mother Goose Time FUN).
We reviewed things previously discussed, then played some fun castle games and got our ‘craft’ on! The kids particularly loved creating their own crowns and wearing them at the castle! (Not to mention that we got quite a bit of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ from people passing by!
What a wonderful day with my little Princess and Princes – and Mother Goose Time!
*We released the slugs before leaving for home.*