Possum absolutely loves all forms of pretend play and one of her absolute favourite roles is being a princess. This will always see her grabbing a fluffy dress, tiara and her pair of pink sparkly shoes that seem to refuse to stay on.
I always try hard as her parent to encourage and engage in her love of pretend play, and so it was with her latest obsession that I decided to make a very simple DIY (no sew) princess castle.
How to make a DIY no-sew princess castle
You will need -
- sticky tape
- material off-cuts
- blanket (optional)
Simply create 6 long paper rolls and fasten with sticky tape. Create a triangle using 3 of the paper rolls and stick the ends together. Using the remaining 3 rolls, create a peak by sticking three ends together and positioning the opposite ends into each point of your original triangle. You should create a large 3D triangle shape, or tetrahedron.
Using whatever material you have on hand, tie the corners in a knot and drape over the top peak of your princess castle. You might like to add a blackout or some cushions to the base for your child’s comfort.
Once you’ve done all that you simply need to add one little prince or princess!
Hasbro recently asked us to try out their latest Play Doh product called Play Doh – Disney Princess Magical Palace, which instantly became a complimentary addition to Possum’s pretend play experience. Treasuring it closely, she spent a long time inside and outside of her princess castle playing and exploring all it’s wonderful possibilities and developing her skills at the same time.
Of course I’m a huge advocate for engaging our children with manipulative dough. The Play Doh – Disney Princess Magical Palace toy comes with 4 tubs of Play Doh, which makes it such a wonderfully tactile experience for them and great for developing fine motor skills.
The Play Doh – Disney Princess Magical Palace actually surprised me, not just because of what it can do but because of the learning children can gain from interacting with it. Possum was clearly taken with the attachable princess, which you fill with a variety of sparkling Play Doh, and once a special draw bridge lever is pressed she oozed all sorts of colourful dresses. This process involved lots of cause and effect and creativity. It also gave us lots of opportunities to talk about colour names.
Hasbro are giving away 3 ‘Play Doh Disney Princess Magical Palace’, which you can win!
To enter- COMPETITION ENDED.
Terms and Conditions -
- Open to Australian residents only (sorry to all my international friends)
- Must use a valid contact email address
- Winner must respond within 3 days or another entrant will be selected
- Competition closes on Monday 23rd June, 2014 (one week!)
Best of luck to everyone!