Every summer we go to the local Renaissance Faire. It is something we look forward to all year long, but this year, we decided to keep the fun going by creating one at home. Here are a few things you can do to create your very own Renaissance Faire at home.
Set Up A Kingdom
With the help of many different Melissa & Doug castle sets, put together a large kingdom, with four different castles. The subjects of each one can visit each other and travel across the kingdom. Kids will have fun each becoming the ruler of their lands and visiting other lands within the Kingdom. When we set ours up, each castle has it’s own activity for the faire. One in the kitchen for cooking fun, one in the play room for imaginative fun, one at the dining room table for coloring and creating fun, and one in the living room for building fun!
Make Your Own Cinnamon Almonds With Your Parents
Our favorite treat at the Renaissance Faire is cinnamon almonds. No matter what, we are sure to pick up a bag of these when we go. They are the perfect snack to munch on while watching the jousting and browsing the shops. Come to find out, they are really easy to make too!
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon cold water
- 4 cups whole almonds
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Lightly grease a 10 x 15 inch pan.
- Lightly beat the egg white; add water, and beat until frothy but not stiff. Add the nuts, and stir until well coated.
- Mix the sugar, salt, and cinnamon, and sprinkle over the nuts. Shake in a bag with mixture to coat, and spread evenly on the prepared pan.
- Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until golden. Allow to cool, then store nuts in airtight containers.
These were really simple and fun to make! Kids will love shaking the bag to coat their almonds. The best part? They were super delicious too!
Battle A Dragon One on One – Or With A Friend
When you think of knights in medieval times, what comes to mind first? For us it is jousting and battling a dragon! Melissa & Doug has some great knight costumes and an incredible giant dragon plush that are perfect for setting the scene! These costumes come with everything your little one needs to transform in to a knight! Not only is there a super durable tunic, you also get a “chain mail” helmet, soft sword, and soft shield. They will easily be able to best the dragon and save their kingdom with this outfit! And if you have a rocking horse they can ride in on, even better.
Create Your Own Crown
If you have little girls like I do, no castle is complete without a princess. A fun way to get in the spirit of a Renaissance Faire is to have your little ones create their very own crown. You can head here to find an free printable template or just use construction paper. To decorate the crown, your kids can use things like crayons, markers, glitter, and stickers. Let them use their imaginations – the sky is the limit! Little boys can get in on the fun as well and create a prince crown.
Build A Castle
Yes, you read that right. With the Melissa and Doug Medieval Castle Indoor Playhouse, kids can build their very own castle! They might need a little help from an adult, but the instructions are really easy to follow. They will love getting a hands on experience. Plus, there is nothing like playing in castle that you built with your own two hands, is there? I think not!
What else would you include in your renaissance faire day? Let me know in the comments!