Today my daughter turns five-and-a-half. She's very aware of this momentous occasion, and seems to believe it should be treated like a whole birthday. Not so, says this broke-post-April-15th mama. Perhaps though, we could make something along the lines of this lovely cardboard castle? She'd be thrilled.
I'm inspired by Beth Curtin of Acorn Pies and the paper castle she and her son made. So save your toilet paper rolls, your paper towel tubes, your milk cartons. Print out photos of your favorite real castles (there's a history lesson in there somewhere). And don't forget the bartizan, the garderobe, the merlons, the watermill and the moat! This is a brilliant collaborative project, and would make a fun memory to build with my little girl who is growing up all too fast.
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(Image: Beth Curtin)