Have you ever wanted to live in a fairy-tale castle? This is a real castle called the Swallow’s Nest, on the south coast of Crimea, and would make anyone feel like a king or queen. The castle looks almost cute with its thin pointy towers, but it survived a big earthquake in 1927 and still stands today — in case you’re looking for a castle as your home.

*Wee ones:* What shape are the spires, or pointy towers on the castle roof?

*Little kids:* If your friend’s castle has 6 spires, and your castle has 5 spires and you build on 3 more, who ends up with more spires? *Bonus:* If your home is 20 feet tall and you add on a 10-foot spire, how high is the tip of that spire?

*Big kids:* As castles go, this one isn’t so huge: it’s just 33 feet wide and twice as long. How long is it? *Bonus:* The castle was finished in 1912. For how many years has it stood, even with that earthquake? (Right now we’re still in 2014.)

Answers:

*Wee ones:* Triangles. In 3D they are cones.

*Little kids:* You do, with 8. *Bonus:* 30 feet.

*Big kids:* 66 feet long – about 4-5 car lengths. *Bonus:* 102 years.