At Least 2 Cereal Boxes - Poster Board or Additional
Cereal Box(es) - 4 Cylinder Food Item Containers - Construction
Paper (colors of your choice) or Plain Paper With Crayons
- Tape or Glue - Scissors - Index Cards (optional)
craft has lots of ways that you can customize it, depending
on the supplies that you can get or have will affect what
you decide to do.
1: The sizes of all of the items that you are
using will affect the size of your platform. Here is a
simple math equation to help you figure out what you need
for your platform. It is important to get these things
ready before you and your toddler are sitting down ready
to dive into a craft project, so that your toddler doesn't
become anxious waiting while mommy or daddy are calculating
just how much area the castle will need. Once you have
the platform, which can be made out of poster board, cereal
boxes, etc, ready and all of your supplies together you
can begin the project with your toddler.
of Cylinder + Length of Box for Front + Diameter of
Cylinder = A
of Cylinder + Length of Box for Side Wall + Diameter
of Cylinder = B
Multiply A and B. This will be the area that you'll need
to put your castle on. If you want area around the castle
be sure to make the platform larger.
2: Help your toddler decorate your food item
cylinder containers, most likely empty oatmeal containers.
You can use construction paper or plain paper with crayons
to add a background to the cylinders, your castle's towers,
as well as windows. You can even use the brick
or stone pattern print out for your toddler to color
in. This is a perfect example for being able to customize
the castle, you and your toddler can decide how many windows
to put and where to put them on the castle's tower.
3: Using index cards or construction paper cut
out turret shapes to go around the top of the towers,
this will take four index cards for a standard oatmeal
cylinder container so you'll need a few of them. Secure
the turrets to the towers using tape or glue, something
that your toddler will not likely be able to help with.
is up to you if you want to do steps 2 and 3 before 4,
(decorating the walls of the castle).
4: If you only have two cereal boxes to use on
your castle cut out the front and back of each one to
create your four castle walls, if you are able to use
four cereal boxes, keep them whole as they will each represent
a sturdy wall. Decorate as you like, covering them with
a print out, construction paper, etc. For the box that
you use for the front of the castle cut a castle door
shape (leave some of it connected so it can open and close).
Like in step 3 you can put turret shapes on the side of
the walls if your walls are entire boxes, giving your
castle a ledge.
5: If you have a platform that is no bigger and
your castle decorate it as the floor of the castle. If
you have extra room for a yard, mote, etc add that as
well. Then glue or tape your towers and walls to one another
creating your castle frame and finally glue or tape your
castle frame to the platform. Once everything is secure
your little one can play with this fun craft. Your child
can use their own play people to play in the castle where
they can stand on the ledges, on the towers and in the
courtyard where they can enter in and out of the castle