You can create a castle for kids by recycling some items you may already have around the house. Many children enjoy pretending that they are in a land of kings and queens. Castles give kids a venue to act out imaginary scenarios from another land and time. Kid castles are fun to build and can be made from inexpensive lightweight materials. Foster the imagination of a child by making them a castle they can use over and over.
Assemble a variety of cardboard boxes, tubes and cartons of similar size that are clean and empty.
Choose a single square or rectangle box to be the centre of the castle, also known as the keep, and seal it completely with masking tape.
Arrange the remaining cardboard containers on and around the sealed box to simulate turrets and towers. Secure the containers to the keep with masking tape.
Mark the outline for a drawbridge by drawing a half-oval rising up from the base on the front centre of the keep box. Add outlines for windows, back doors and any other desired cutout features onto the cardboard containers at this time.
Follow the guidelines you drew to cut the drawbridge; leave the base of the piece intact so that it can be opened and closed. Cut out any other features that you outlined with the marker.
Cover any seams and sharp edges on the cardboard with masking tape.
Invite kids to help you paint the outside and any visible inside areas of the castle with acrylic paints. Ask kids for their ideas on colours and new custom features to add.
Present the finished castle to the kids after the acrylic paint has dried for at least 30 minutes.
Cardboard castles can be destroyed in a pretend battle then replaced with a new one the next day.
Protect work surfaces before cutting or painting the castle to avoid expensive damage.
Tips and warnings
- Cardboard castles can be destroyed in a pretend battle then replaced with a new one the next day.
- Protect work surfaces before cutting or painting the castle to avoid expensive damage.