Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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A few weeks ago I made daughter a quick cardboard box castle. My husband smirked and started thinking. After some quick cardboard prototyping he started to spend his evenings in the garage building this very special castle for his Little Mouse. We joke that it’s by far most expensive toy she has considering how many hours he spent building and perfecting this castle, but I think it turned out great.

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Obviously, Anna thought so too, except one of her first questions was, But why doesn’t it have a drawbridge? I predicted this question considering that we read several books about castles and all of them had drawbridges and moats. The good thing is that the castle can be expanded eventually to include a drawbridge. Anna’s favorite parts were the moveable flags and the door that locks from inside.Aug21_Castle2 

Soon she was fully engaged in her pretend world. The castle was filled up with “food”, “weapons” and Playmobil people who were bravely fighting off the intruders and putting them to jail. I had to cool the game a bit when “brave Annie” (one of Playmobil Children) tried to take the eyes of the dragon out, then everyone made up and had “a feast”.

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And the best part is that the castle can be easily disassembled and moved once the game is over. Not that it is over by any means – Anna was very upset with me when I opened the wall to show how the castle is constructed and demanded to put it back together at once. I am sure her playdate friends (especially boys) will love playing with it too.

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15 comments:

Debbie said...

What a cool castle! Your husband did a great job on it. I bet Anna will have so much fun playing with this.

Annette W. said...

That is an awesome castle! I love hearing how she is playing with it...the feast-well, oh well!

Joyful Learner said...

Very talented! JC would love a castle like that! Does your husband plan on making duplicates? ;)

Kim said...

That is an amazing castle!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

The Man of the House here built a similar castle/fort for our younger son, at Christmas - it must be a man thing. Ours doesn't come apart though, I'll have to show him yours for future additions :)

Ticia said...

Can I have one? I'm sure we NEED a fourth or fifth castle, but that's COOL!

My Family My Forever said...

Awesome Natalie! This is truly over-the-top and so very special!! I LOVE it! He did a super job and I know it was built with so much love:-).

The girl who painted trees said...

I love this castle. We just read Knight at Dawn (MTH) and that castle fits perfectly with the theme. What is it built of? Anna is one lucky girl!

Christy said...

Fantastic! We made SUPER SIMPLE castles with drawbridges, but I have yet to post them. I would love to make a better castle, but it hasn't happened yet. I love the way yours looks. Don't show it to my kids!

Lisa said...

That's certainly the best example of a cardboard box turned castle I've ever seen. Awesome!

MaryAnne said...

This castle is amazing - what a talented husband you have!

Infant Bibliophile said...

Really impressive! Hooray for handy dads! I wonder if I should show my husband, or if he would disappear into the garage for weeks.

homeage said...

Way to go Dad! That is one cool castle!! I am sure she (and her friends!) are going to have plenty of fun playing with that!

littlewondersdays said...

Your castle is wonderful! I'm so impressed!

leechbabe said...

Oh fabulous castle! What a wonderful Daddy making that for her :)