How to Make a Fairy Tale Castle – Outdoor Summer Fun for Kids!
I don’t know about you, but when I was a child I absolutely loved to build houses, tents, dens, castles, clubhouses etc. My two monkeys are exactly the same and when our chickens and their coop arrived last Sunday (more about that later!) they were far more excited about the two huge cardboard boxes the flat pack chicken coop came in than their 3 new feathered friends! Honestly, so was I! I immediately started to conjure up all sorts of ideas for what we could create with the cardboard – I probably should have been more interested in Mr G as he expertly constructed the chicken coop – good job by the way Mr G!!!! Anyway, I decided that we needed a castle – a good, old fashioned, fairy tale castle, like the one we had recently stayed in (again, more on that at a later date! :)) So, down on my knees I got, flattened out the 2 boxes, grabbed a black Sharpie and got drawing the outline for our castle. I then, grabbed a craft knife and while roaring at my children to “Step away from the knife” and “watch out or I might chop your toes off” (seriously, why are kids so fascinated by anything sharp, shiny and dangerous?!?!) cut out our castle. With the help of my dad, who had stopped by to say hi and enjoy the sun in on our patio, we then stood the card up and stuck it together with heavy duty packing tape! We tried a stapler but the cardboard was too thick. Once we had an upright structure I set about mixing up the paint that we would need. I had a “cheapo” paint tray and roller thrown into one of my arts & crafts boxes which was perfect for painting the base coat. By the time we had our castle painted grey – Doodles, Oodles and I were covered from head to toe in paint! We added some brick details and a creeping rose of some sort and both D and O took a wall each to decorate – D painted 2 red windows and a Ninja Knight(!!!!) as well as more climbing roses and O painted a Ninja Princess with freckles (because she has to copy everything her big bro does but with a twist of her own!). I think there may have also been a Minecraft creature/character or two added! The whole project took us about 2 days to complete and they have been having endless fun with it since. They have also added several “details” to the internal walls – a canon, a stairs and a coffee machine! O loves inviting me to coffee in the Castle! It folds up really easily, so each night we have stored it away in the garage and each morning we have dragged it out for more fun! I’m really proud of our latest construction project! It fits 5 kids inside!!!!!!! What have you been creating recently with cardboard boxes? As always I love to hear what you have been up to and how you have been keeping your little ones busy and creative over the summer months. Have you been creative outdoors recently? Let me know in the comments and as always please feel free to leave a link to your post on kid friendly activities on our Facebook Page and I’ll gladly share and pin it! Hope you’re having lot’s of outdoor summer fun!