Creative Writing and Castles

Ian and I have been working on a project for the last two days. Yesterday, he wanted to play Minecraft, but my husband was home and using the Xbox. So, in order to keep him occupied, I suggested that he draw up a house plan. Ian has always been really spatially aware, and in order to encourage him, I’ve invested in some house plan books, graph paper and architect’s stencils. We got out the graph paper and began drawing a floor-plan for a castle. A really huge castle with three stories, towers, and a dungeon that’s twice the size of the main floor. By the time we really got into it, we realized that the castle wasn’t enough. You see, there was the issue of the enormous kitchen and grand hall to deal with. The King was going to throw huge parties, and in order to do that, his property would have to be vast, complete with a forest, lake, village, a blacksmith, and farms to supply his larders. Before we knew it, the “map” took up four pieces of paper that we had to tape together. He insisted on a legend for his map, and we talked a bit about what sorts of shops and markets the village would need to support themselves and the royal family. After nearing completion, we realized that we couldn’t just abandon our project. No, there needed to be stories written about this place, and who was going to write them? US! This is the first time that I can remember that Ian picked up a pencil voluntarily and insisted on writing. We took turns writing a sentence or two each, and it was so much fun!

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9 responses to “Creative Writing and Castles

  1. Ha! This reminds me of the time my youngest said when he grew up he would be a building contractor and would build me a 3-story house with a swimming pool on the top floor. He’d even drawn it up, albeit in a crude fashion.

    When I asked him about pools leaking, and he drew in a drip pan, the size of a pool between the 2nd and 3rd floors, piped to run off to our garden.

    When I told him that by the time he was through college I might not be able to climb to the third floor (I’d be 60 or so!) he promptly added and elevator.

    When I asked him how I’d get down if the electricity went out during a storm, he said, “Mom, we’ve always needed a generator!”

    I didn’t ask him how I’d get the generator started from the third floor! 😆

    • Katherine, that’s fantastic! Problem-solving skills at their finest! That’s one of the things I enjoyed most about drawing in the villages and farms. We had to decide how the people would live and what things they would need. We even decided to put some extra houses on the farm because we didn’t figure the farmer could support the entire village and castle by himself…

      • Such fun! I remember another drawing around here, this one of a church, and the “architect” asking me how large to plan the parking lot. Funny thing is he thought I knew! 🙂 We did some math and arrived at a number, accurate or not, that looked reasonable enough on paper. 🙂 I, like you, was impressed at this added problem-solving chore he could have just skipped, except he found it fun. Yay! 🙂

  2. This is great! So glad that you and Ian had so much fun with this. (And I actually rather envy his spatial awareness, because mine is sadly lacking.) What a cliffhanger; I hope that old man gets what’s coming to him!

  3. Very nice hook at the end, Amy! I hope you will keep us posted on the happenings in the little kingdom! What wonderful times with Ian and a great idea to blog about them. Enjoy!
    Check out our new blog too, when you get a chance. 🙂
    Lori

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