Between royal family watching and Disney princesses (who seem to be everywhere), a kings and queens unit can be interesting for almost any age. There are many concepts, including character education, children can learn from studying kings and queens. Today, I’m sharing resources for a kings and queens unit for preschoolers through early elementary, including a new Montessori-inspired kings and queens subscriber freebie pack!
Obviously kings and queens is a huge topic. Although I’m including medieval kings and queens through Queen Elizabeth II, I’m focusing primarily on royalty in Great Britain. Feel free to adapt it for your own country, of course. And if you’re a homeschooler, just adapt the unit to fit best for all your children.
The links are for free kings and queens printables for preschoolers through 1st graders (sometimes older). I don’t share coloring pages unless a page has a specific educational purpose related to kings and queens. To keep it manageable (and to avoid any issues with printables that might have copyright problems), I’m not sharing Disney princess printables. I will share some princess printables that aren’t specifically Disney themed.
Free Printables + Materials Used in the Pictured King and Queen Activities for Preschoolers-First Graders
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you).
Montessori Shelves with King and Queen Themed Activities
You’ll find Montessori-inspired king and queen themed numbers, letters, and and more (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber)
I always have related books available throughout a unit. I have a number of king and queen-related books this unit, including The Queen Who Ruled for 44 Years: Biography of Queen Elizabeth I. Both this book and Elizabeth I: The Outcast Who Became England’s Queen (National Geographic World History Biographies) have lots of interesting information, but I omit many parts about Elizabeth I’s life (and her father, Henry VIII’s life with preschoolers through early elementary).
The Usborne Big Picture Book of London is fascinating for kids and adults. I spent a year and a half in England while getting my master’s degree, so I especially loved reading about all the places I saw there. The book has a two-page spread on Buckingham Palace, a two-page spread on Royal London, and a two-page spread on the Tower of London. So there’s a lot of fun information appropriate for a kings and queens unit.
The open book is The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History, which I love for its overview of world history. It isn’t designed for preschoolers, but it can be adapted for a wide variety of ages. It has some great resources in its Internet links, too! (I linked to the general category on Amazon because there are various options of editions and prices available.)
On another shelf (shown in the photo below with Zoey), you’ll see the Usborne Hello! London, a push, pull, slide book perfect for toddlers. See inside The History of Britain (an Usborne Flap Book) is an especially appealing introduction to history for young children. I love the series of alphabet books that includes P is for Princess: A Royal Alphabet. There are simple rhyming verses for preschoolers and indepth information for older children. P is for Princess includes both nonfiction information about royalty and some ideas from fairy tales.
One of our favorites is The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty. I normally stay away from toys with batteries, but on occasion I find an exception. This book is one of them! I love this book with its 10-second sound clips from The Sleeping Beauty ballet by Tchaikovsky! My 5-year-old granddaughter is in love with the book, too, and even my baby and toddler grandkids like to listen to it. It has the story of Sleeping Beauty with 10 different musical selections that play when you press the button on the appropriate page. The excerpts are actual orchestral music, too, not a tinny toy version. Then, at the end of the book, the child can listen to each excerpt again while the adult reads about its part in the ballet. Zoey loves that as much as I do!
You could mix your king and queen themed activities among your shelves according to curriculum area. Or you could have a special king and queen themed area something like the one pictured. My shelves have a mixture of skill levels. Many of the activities can be adapted for a variety of levels. If you’re a homeschooler, just choose the activities that work for your child’s interests and ability levels. If you don’t have room for all the activities you’d like to do, simply rotate them.
Castle Color Matching with Montessori Color Box 3
Free Printable: Color Matching Castles from Medieval Pack, Part 4 by 3 Dinosaurs
In the Montessori Services basket in the left of the middle shelf, you’ll see the castle color cards. I used Montessori color box 3 with the cards to make an interesting color matching activity. Younger children could just match the cards to each other. Older children can work to find the closest match to the cards using color box 3. Some don’t have a perfect match, so the child has to decide which is closest.
Salt and Sparkles Writing Tray with K for King and Q for Queen
Free Printables: King and Queen Letters for Letter K and Letter Q Salt Writing Tray (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber)
For the salt writing tray, I used the wooden tray from the Melissa & Doug Lace and Trace Shapes. You can use whatever tray or container work best for you, though. I simply colored salt by putting some Wilton gel food coloring in a plastic bag with the salt and shaking it until it was mixed thoroughly. I had used this previously in our bee unit. This time, I added some glitter and miniature gold beads that I had for some royal sparkles!
If you would like help with introducing phonetic sounds, introducing objects with sounds, or beginning phonics in general, check out my DIY Beginning Montessori Phonics with Preschoolers.
Phonogram Cards, Booklets, and Movable Alphabet Work
These are the materials you can see on the right side of my middle shelf. I’ll add the “ow” phonogram work to the shelf in a week or so.
Free Printables: “ng” king phonogram cards, “ee”queen phonogram cards, and “ow” crown phonogram cards (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber)
These activities are very simple to prepare. I printed out two copies of each phonogram’s pictures and words. I made booklets with the first copy. I cut apart and placed the second copy of pictures and words in the basket for movable alphabet work after children are comfortable with the phonograms. I have a post and video on how to introduce words starting with phonograms, even with very young children.
Queen Addition with Miniature Crowns and Montessori Bead Bars
Free Printables: Queen Elizabeth II Numbers and Symbols (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password … or check the bottom of your latest newsletter if you’re already a subscriber)
This activity uses a piece of felt for a table mat (I used the Montessori Services felt table mat) and bead bars from the decanomial box in a Multicraft tray and Bambu condiment cups (what I used here). My bead bars, which I love, are from Alison’s Montessori. You can get bead bars on Amazon, although I haven’t personally used materials from those companies. I found these cute gold metal miniature crowns that are available inexpensively in a package of 20.
The miniature crowns are very inviting, and my 5-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, really enjoyed the work. We played it like a game where I had the numbers below 10 in one stack and the numbers from 10-18 in another. Zoey drew two numbers from the first stack for the addends. She was proud that she knew a number of the answers before checking them with the miniature crowns. After counting the crowns (or knowing the answer and placing the number card), Zoey placed the correct bead bars to represent the answer.
Crown Making and Decorating
Free Printable: Tudor Bling: King and Queen Art and Costume by Mr B’s Classroom at Teachers Pay Teachers
Free Printable: King or Queen for a Day Crown and Coupons by Brenda Tajeda at Teachers Pay Teachers
A kings and queens unit isn’t complete without some crown making! This tray shows one of the Tudor Bling printables. There are a number of printables in the free pack for making a royal costume. Our markers are in a separate place, so I just placed the scissors, glue, and some acrylic gems on a Multicraft tray. The other printable I linked to would be fun for another time!
Free Kings and Queens Printables for Preschoolers-First Graders
Montessori-Inspired Kings and Queens Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Number or Letter Matching, Number or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Hands-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Salt/Sand Writing Tray, Letter Tracing, Phonogram Work, DIY Movable Alphabet, and Creative Writing (subscriber freebie, so just sign up for my email to get the link and password – or check your inbox if you’re already a subscriber)
- King’s and Queen’s Crowns from First Palette
- Crown and Jewel Grid Games from PreKinders
- Crown Grid Game from Mama Jenn
- Princess and Frogs Game from Mama Jenn
- Princess Preschool Pack from 1+1+1=1
- Princess Preschool Printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- Equivalent Fractions Princess Go Fish from Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas
- Kings and Queens Printables from Teachers Pay Teachers
Free Castle Printables
- Parts of a Castle Cards from Suzy Homeschooler
- Castle Themed Playset from Kids Activities Blog
- Castle Printables from Teachers Pay Teachers
Free Medieval Themed Printables
- Medieval Count and Trace Cards from Miniature Masterminds
- Medieval Pack from 3 Dinosaurs
- Knight Preschool Pack from Homeschool Creations
- Medieval Printables from Teachers Pay Teachers
Please join me at PreK + K Sharing to see all my posts there over the years: Deb Chitwood at PreK + K Sharing.
Learn more about my eBook Montessori at Home or School: How to. Teach Grace and Courtesy!
If this is your first time visiting Living Montessori Now, welcome! If you haven’t already, please join us on our Living Montessori Now Facebook page where you’ll find a Free Printable of the Day and lots of inspiration and ideas for parenting and teaching! And please follow me on Pinterest (lots of Montessori-, holiday-, and theme-related boards), Instagram, and YouTube. You can find me on bloglovin’ and Twitter, too.
And don’t forget one of the best ways to follow me by signing up for my weekly newsletter. You’ll receive some awesome freebies in the process!