If you are looking for an exciting project for your kids to make on a rainy day, you can create a medieval castle out of simple wooden materials, such as a milk crate and Popsicle sticks. You can paint the medieval castle model to look like a real castle with acrylic paints, then place it in a sandbox or garden to play with. In a sandbox, children can even dig a moat around the castle.
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Things you need
- Wooden milk crate
- Popsicle sticks
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue stick
- Hand saw
- Acrylic paint
Place a wooden milk crate onto a flat surface.
Cut through one of the slats, about halfway down the slat, with a hand saw.
Cut through the bottom of the same slat to remove the lower piece of the slat.
Hot glue a 3-inch piece of twine onto each corner of the slat piece, and allow the glue to cool completely.
Hot glue a 3-inch piece of twine onto either side of the bottom of the crate where the slat piece was removed. Allow the glue to cool completely.
Place the slat piece back into place, tying the bottom two pieces of twine to the twine pieces at the bottom of the crate.
Tie two 18-inch pieces of twine to the top of the crate, arranging them so that they line up with the width of the slat piece. Allow the glue to cool completely.
Tie the ends of the long pieces of twine to the ends of the twine on the top of the slat piece. This will be the drawbridge, which you can lower and raise by the top of the long twine.
Hot glue Popsicle sticks along the top of the crate, leaving sections open every 2 to 3 inches. This will make the top of the crate resemble a castle.
Paint the crate with grey and tan acrylic paint to resemble the look of a medieval castle. Allow the paint to dry completely.
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