Out OF THE ARK MUSIC @ HOME Activity - Cardboard And Chalkboard Castle

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During the current climate, and with the challenges we are all facing in the coming weeks and months, we want to do everything we can to make our resources available to you for use at home. As such, we are making seven songs a week – one per day – available for the coming weeks. Each song comes with some great activities to do at home.

This Saturday’s song is I've Got A Cardboard Box and everyone knows you can't have more fun than with a cardboard box! So, set your imagination free creating rockets, robots, super-scary monsters and anything else you desire with this fabulous song. Here’s one idea for you to explore today! 

Cardboard And Chalkboard Castle

There’s been so many posts on social media from parents who ran out of a week’s worth of stay-at-home activities in just a few hours. So here’s one that takes them time to make, time to decorate and offers endless play opportunities!

This cardboard and chalkboard castle is low mess and high entertainment. You will need:
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Cardboard
  • Black paint and brush
  • Chalks or pastels
If you want a messier outdoor version you can let your kids loose with the paint and brushes, or paint it all white and raid the house for felt tip pens. Do what works for your mess tolerance levels and work with what you can find!

Step 1
Use the biggest box you have to cut out a door and turret shapes. You can turn the boxes inside out to make them a blank canvas. We added a rope with a stick handle to make a drawbridge.

Step 2
Add smaller ‘rooms’ to the castle with any other boxes you can find (my son enjoyed the smaller bits just as much. His Spider-Man figure has never had such a grand abode).

Step 3
Paint the sides in black paint to create a chalkboard. I’ve used masking tape and white paint to add a really simple design but this is optional. To be as mess-free as possible you can paint this quickly while their little hands are busy with snacks!

Step 4
Get your chalks and pastels out and invite your kids to decorate the castle in any way they like. They could draw plants growing up the castle, arrows from the archers or princesses in windows!

Step 5
Get yourself a cup of tea and put your feet up as their imaginations run wild! If interest dwindles you can encourage them to expand their cardboard empire with a moat full of wildlife or colourful castle gardens.


Written by Pippa Tucker – Guest Writer and All-Round Creative Lady

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