Child-decorated Play Castle – Imaginative Art for Kids

Let kids decorate a play castle and combine art with pretend play.

child-decorated wooden castle

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I was thrilled to find this unfinished play wooden castle at Michael’s before Christmas! The list price was $19.99, and I paid a lot less than that thanks to a coupon. It became Johnny and Lily’s Christmas present together with these knights and fairies – also purchased at Michaels with a coupon, thank you Ticia for giving me that tip about where to affordably purchase Toob sets! I contemplated painting the castle, but of course didn’t really have time – and I’m so glad I didn’t! We’ve been decorating it together ever since!

Child-Decorated Play Wooden Castle – Imaginative Art for Kids

child-decorated wooden castle

I love all the little details, from the heart on the drawbridge door to the climbing vine, and flowers.

child-decorated wooden castle

More flowers inside, and colored stairs. Most of the decorating has focused on the exterior, mostly because it is easier to color, especially since Lily only lets us color the wooden castle upright!

each child has a wing within the castle

The kids have also assigned one wing of the castle  per child – although they (thankfully!) aren’t territorial about it in practice! Maybe the baby will get the other half of the castle?

playing with the castle

We’ve been coloring the castle with Crayola Washable Pip-Squeaks Markers – low stress because they are washable, and they don’t seem to bleed in the wood grain much. Love that marker set, even though our tower refuses to stay up (seems to be a common problem based off of Amazon reviews).

Once the kids are done decorated, we plan to seal it with Mod Podge for a little extra durability.

Do your kids play with castles?

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MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

23 thoughts on “Child-decorated Play Castle – Imaginative Art for Kids”

  1. Wow, what an amazing deal! Is this a common type of thing at Michael’s? I may have to have my mom try to grab something like this for us!

  2. What a wonderful present. I am glad we finally get to see the pictures of the castle. Lars made a castle for Anna, but it’s a one story and already painted. I bet Johnny and Lily have hours and hours of playtime with it.

  3. Kids artwork is the best. There is no way to duplicate their sweet forms and messy lines. My kids love playing with doll houses and dressing up all the rooms. Just this past weekend they turned it into a hotel and it is precious.

  4. I saw this exact castle at Michael’s, too! I think it was on clearance. Now I’m wishing I would have bought it. Looks like your kids are really enjoying it. Love that they have assigned each other separate wings. :)

  5. jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

    Looooove the decorations. Very personal!

    The inside of the castle is great with all of the levels and rooms. What a make-believe blast.

    The great price makes it even that much better. :)

  6. Grumpy Grateful Mom

    I almost bought my kids a house they could color on for Christmas. Though the one I was looking at was a lot more money. Your kids did a great job decorating!

  7. I’m hit and miss on the tower staying up with both of the sets we have. Either way we love those markers.

    It looks just like the Melissa and Doug castle I have, at first I thought you’d painted over one to do that. What an AWESOME find! That is seriously one of our most played with toys.

  8. Joyce @Dinosaurs And Octopuses

    I love Michaels. LOVE. I seen that exact castle and fell in love with it! I need to get it! I adore wooden toys. Oh man. It’s great that they decorated it themselves! That adds to the fun! That’s what I imagine R doing with this rock playground. It looked kind of bland color wise when we first made it, but I figured it’d only be a matter of time before he decorated it. I bet they love their castle even more after all their hard work. :)

  9. Hi, the castle is such a great idea and I see your kids are not that old. My grand daughters are about the same age and you are giving me such great ideas! I am sure they would love a castle to play with. thanks

  10. Crystal @ Growing A Jeweled Rose

    This is a fantastic idea! I love it! I hope I can find one at my local Michaels. Decorating will be so fun :)

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