On one summer afternoon when my children were bored, I thought I would guide my children to decorate a cardboard castle that I had made from leftover shipping boxes. Taking two large boxes and cutting them down into castle shapes, I made windows and outlined the drawbridge. All was well until I handed markers to the kids.
Ruble decorated himself. Franc thought the castle looked best with scribbles. Lira went and grabbed her toys to begin playing immediately. “Whoa,” Ruble thought. “Invaders!” So he moves to the inside where he sits himself down, declaring himself King.
Commence the royal tug-of-war… and the castle crumbled. So much for my homemade cardboard castle masterpiece.
So, next time, I saved myself a little trouble and bought a cardboard castle kit.
Where to buy cardboard castles
Amazon.com is the easiest place to locate a variety of cardboard castles and playhouses in all shapes and sizes. Plus, many qualify for free shipping, which is important since cardboard can be heavy and cost a bundle to ship.
Plan a Castle Unit Study
If you want to create a more detailed experience on the history of castles, consider these resources to create a castle unit study.
- Castle, a book by David Macaulay
- Free printable Castle Adventure Unit by LEGO
- Castles of the World, website
- Kings, Queens, and Castles Unit Study
- Castle coloring pages
- Knights and Castles Lapbook
- Castle Unit Studies and other resources from CurrClick
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