So using my Michael's reward discounts/reg. coupons and teacher discount [be sure to sign up, you can get deals others cannot thru it, and be sure to show your teacher ID so you can get an additional 15% off every time you buy], I was able to get the brick sets much cheaper than the original $14.99 price. I actually would use a 50% then after that is taken off they will discount it the 15% for being a teacher. Sometimes, they have 20% off sales (for all) so you can save even more on those days-just don't worry about showing an ID b/cuz that coupon is obviously better.
This is a large project-we needed almost 5 boxes of bricks.
Four (about 1/2 of the fourth) of the tan and one of the red.
The bricks are by Createology.
Look in the kids' kits section by the miniature sets area.
The flat sticks are for soap making or general use. Depends on the brand, but I found the both at our local Meijers (in the craft section) and at Michaels in the soap making area. Popsicle sticks [for the drawbridge-which he hasn't started on yet] can be found at almost any store where there is a craft section.
My son is old enough to handle a knife so I didn't worry about the cutting and fitting that may need to take place. I simply made sure he had a cutting board. :) We dumped the blocks into a plastic container that was easier to get them out of. The box was becoming cumbersome. It does help if the child has a plan. Seriously. And I highly recommend dry fitting at least the base to be sure that is where they want the blocks to go. Once they get that going, it's all gluing and building. We will also purchase a few trees and perhaps some fake grass to truly magnificent-ize the castle. And yes-we did get a large dragon (after all what's a castle without a few dragon raids?) to torture our brave knights.
My son drew out a basic outline for his foundation
Getting the walls built up, with our General Manager-
The Dragon monitoring things.
The portcullis (gate) was made with the thinner sticks.
He is also lining his walk areas with them.
IT IS FINISHED!!!! YEAH!!
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