I drew a picture of new design and then we had a couple of days of building. We enjoyed making something together, the kids learnt a few things about building and it was more satisfying and fun than buying one. Here's some pictures to show how we did it. I'm not very good at explaining instructions, so you will just have to go with the pictures.
the planning stage
measuring and cutting the main frame
then onto building the main frame
and the door
the door was attached with strong hinges so it could swing open
then we had decking and two levels!
outline, cut and drill some hardiflex sheeting to the pine beams
the fun part, painting time
every castle needs a ladder
and a touch of gold and colour, using paint and a black sharpie texta!
some astro turf was laid on the ground for easy play
the door unlatches and swings open to let light in
and the inside panels double as a chalk board
we've enjoyed some sunny picnics from the top of our castle
and some town meetings and card matches from below
we've had knightly celebrations with friends
and a chat with neighbours over the fence
Our castle, with it's shiny turrets at dusk, has only been standing for 7 months, but it has already created some great childhood memories.
Get creative, have imagination, and don't forget to play with your kids!