Cardboard Castle – The Best Gift I Didnt Buy

Happy Tuesday! As usual I am here today with a Personal Paradise Moment. Today’s moment is actually a throwback to Christmas.

I will preface this bit with the disclaimer that my children are very normal kids who enjoy gifts and toys of all types and are certainly prone to a few moments of what we call the “greedy gimmies” as much as the next child.

This year however, I was also impressed by their ability to be selfless, appreciative, and creative with the holiday gift scene. Each of my older three children actually chose to make one of their siblings gifts. Now this did lead to a bit of a time crunch on my part but how could I say no to them wanting to create instead of consume?!

So Miss S had been toying with the idea of building a little play house for Mr T out of cardboard. I wasn’t sure it was going to work out the way she had envisioned until we suddenly had to purchase new car seats for the two little guys. Lo and behold we suddenly had two very large, very sturdy boxes to work with! Not only that but when we pushed them together it suddenly bore a remarkable resemblance to a castle to my daughter.

My apologies for the less than great quality pictures but I was having so much fun watching him play that I didn’t get great shots. I think you all will get the feeling though. 🙂

 

The king of the castle!
The king of the castle!

 

 

I think he is planning strategy
I think he is planning strategy

 

 

And so the play castle was born! After much cutting, taping, and papering, it looked great! Best of all, she did it almost completely by herself. I helped with a bit of the harder cutting but she told me what to do and I followed instructions.

 

Windows and doors must be had :)
Windows and doors must be had 🙂

 

 

A little room to play!
A little room to play!

 

 

Christmas morning showed a very excited Mr T his “new” toy and the decorations commenced with sheets of stickers and crayons! What great is that they can change the decorations with a new layer of paper and new decorations whenever they want. Of course Mr G seems to like it too. 🙂

 

One of the many things that are now plastered on.
One of the many things that are now plastered on.

 

 

Hi Mommy!
Hi Mommy!

 

How did I get so lucky? Some spare trash, recycled paper, saved art supplies, and creative kids resulted in a great holiday gift that I didn’t have to buy!

What fun creativity have you or your children been up to lately? I’d love to know!

Peace and health,

Jennifer

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