31 days of unplugged play: cardboard castle

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Welcome to day seven of unplugged play ideas.  How has your week of unplugged play been going for you and your kids?  Are you having fun?  We sure are!  And we’ve got more ideas to share with you.

For today’s unplugged play we’re going to be raiding the recycling bins and building cardboard castles.  I saved this one for a weekend because I knew it would be a good project for the whole family to do together and have fun playing with for days to come.

Supplies and materials

  • cardboard tubes in all sizes (paper towel, toilet paper, etc)
  • cardboard from the recycling (cereal boxes, package boxes, etc)
  • tape or glue to hold it all together
  • markers, crayons, and/or washi tape to decorate your castles
  • foil, paint chips, painters tape are fun for decorating, too

Turn the family loose with these supplies and see what kind of castles they can come up with!

Kids not feeling the medieval or prince and princesses theme?  There’s certainly no reason you have to stick with building a castle.  Build a cardboard farm or house or airport (with a fleet of paper airplanes).  Make something to add to  your story themed playscape.

Encourage your family to take this activity and run with it, make it your own.

Need a little more inspiration?

My oldest daughter Jillian made a little knight and princess to go along with the castle.  There are plans to add a cardboard dragon, too.  This would make a neat playscape idea, too.  Do you have some favorite prince and princess stories?  Pull those books out to read together, or have fun making up your own stories.

Looking ahead

Tomorrow we’ll be playing with a pencil and paper.  Later in the week we’ll need glitter, craft or popsicle sticks, scraps of material, felt, or paper, and an empty jar or honey bear container.

Just joining us? Find 31 Days of Unplugged Play here.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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  1. I’m going to try this! I think my boys would have a blast! Thanks for sharing.


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