Cardboard crafts: Making a castle
Gemma: “Right, Matt, don’t forget I’m out with the girls on Saturday, it’s been on the calendar for ages, you’ve got Evie and Max for the day!”
Me: [Nonchalantly replies] “Yep, I remember, we’ll be cool! Are you looking forward to going….erm…out” [desperately tries to crane neck to look at calendar to see where it is they’re going]
Whilst on the inside I’m actually thinking. Right I have the kids for a day, flying solo, two very energetic very inquisitive kids, and me!
Well my mind was into overdrive, what could we do, go for a walk? Possibly but that’d only take an hour. Go swimming? 2 on 1 is way too hard, build dens in the woods? A possibility. That was when inspiration hit me right between the eyes. Just that morning we’d had a huge box delivered, containing, well, another 3 other boxes but thats a whole other story.
What could we make from it this large sheet of cardboard? An aeroplane, a tent, a car, a castle, the possibilities were endless, well except I guess a submarine.
So after a quick show of hands we opted for a cardboard castle, a castle front at least. One that led through to the playroom.
We could design it, draw it, paint it, cut it out and play with it afterwards, if this didn’t have “whole day activity” written all over it I don’t know what did!!
So after a little bit of Pinterest browsing for DIY cardboard ideas we start with the real action and set about drawing it out, basically I used a length of string and a pencil to draw a nice radial curve for the top of the doorway and a mini one to the side for a window. I outlined some curved stones around the doorway in pencil and the castellations along the top. Then it was the kids turn to go for it.
Evie was tasked with retracting the stone and castellation outlines in a thicker felt tip and Max with colouring in the stones.
Obviously giving a 3 year old lad a task that didn’t involve a digger was likely to have a shelf life, so he had the odd little rest whilst his big Sis continued.
Next up it was time to get painting, so off we go outside, bibs on and brushes in hand. We set to it, Max and I concentrating on the big stuff and Evie on those curved stones.
Once we’ve let it dry in the gorgeous spring sunshine (and whilst the kids have a snack and a drink) I go over the edging with a whiteboard marker and cut out the doorway.
Thats it done, now for some serious play time.
BTW…The pink curtains were thanks to Evie’s artistic flair…
We had great fun making it, and even more fun playing in it afterwards. A true all day activity, which is still standing tall in the doorway over a week later.