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Summer break is here and I am making sure to have tons of things on hand and planned for my kids to do to keep them busy and entertained. Any other moms with me? I was excited to learn that Lakeshore Learning is hosting their Summer Learning Challenge!
Lakeshore picked some great challenges that will get my kids involved and keep them busy. Even better…. there is a chance to win a $500 e-gift card to Lakeshore Learning for the project you create!!! More on those details later, but now it is time to share our creation.
After reading through the three different challenges, my daughter was really excited to try the Creativity Challenge. Since my kids were little, I have always kept recyclable materials around for them to create with. They have come up with some great projects over the years. The Creativity Challenge with Lakeshore Learning is all about using recyclable materials to come up with a project with moving parts. My daughter saw the castle suggestion and jumped on the idea.
All great masterpieces must start with a sketch.
She grabbed a few recyclable materials to start with, but many other supplies were added as the building process went on.
She used paper towel and toilet paper rolls to make the towers on the castle. She cut the tops of them to look like her sketch.
Then, she moved on to the draw bridge. She traced a bowl to come up with the perfect shape.
I helped her cut out the thicker parts of the castle. I also used the hot glue gun to attach her pieces where she wanted them.
A tissue box made the perfect “top-tier” to the castle.
Now, we needed the draw bridge to open and close.
A wood dowel was the perfect solution.
We pushed the dowel through one side of the box and out the other side.
My daughter tied some yarn to the middle of the dowel and then tied the other end to a brad on the inside of the draw bridge.
When she rolls the dowel on the ends of the box, the draw bridge opens and shuts.
A little gray paint makes the castle look more realistic.
My daughter colored the draw bridge brown to make it look like wood.
To finish the castle, she added a little block detail to the outside with a black marker.
Of course, no castle of my daughters would be complete without a little decorating inside. She made the chairs, bed and table from things we had in our recycling box.
You can see the castle in action here:
The kids played with this castle for a long time. I was so happy to see my daughter use her creativity to bring this castle to life by using things we had in our recycling pile. Then, to be able to bring it outside and have the kids play with it for so long while I got other things done….. priceless! My kind of summer activity!
Like I said earlier, Lakeshore Learning is hosting their Summer Learning Challenge. You can enter in any of their three categories: Creativity, Building, Sail Away. Make sure to snap a photo of your project and upload it to Lakeshore Learning Summer Challenge website for a chance to win a $500 Lakeshore e-gift card!
Find more details and to find the entry form, go here.