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.
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.
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”.
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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