When I started this set, I intended it to be a “castle kit”. I considered crenelated tops to the panels to make them look like a “real” castle, I considered building a draw-bridge panel (which my son would still no-doubt love), thought about staining the wood grey to mimic stone, and considered cutting arched windows in some of the panels to look like classic castle windows. In then end, though, I decided to wait on all of that until I saw how he played with it. That’s the thing about any open-ended design—you never know how folks will wind up using it.
When I first delivered the entire set on his 4th birthday, he immediately got to work—building a garage! He had just received a John Deere Tractor toy, and it clearly needed a garage. Some wooden animals were added and it was a farm. As soon as the taller walls started going up, my 18 month-old daughter saw it as a hiding place. Very quickly the garage and farm morphed into a four-sided tower with my young daughter hiding inside. The tower got taller and was eventually pushed over onto its side, to become a tube to crawl though. You see where I’m going. The basic set has been used in ways I never imagined.
Here’s a quick montage of ideas my kids have come up with, and I’m sure there are more to come. You’ll notice very few of these look like “castles”...
To see more about the basic pieces and how structures are assembled, see the introduction title What Is It?
Or learn more about Building More Complicated Structures
If you’re a woodworker yourself, take a look at How to Create the Pieces.
-- Pete in Wilmette, IL