My home is my castle

Keep things clean with this castle DIY desk tidy

My home is my castle
by Natalie Keeler

Homework time is rarely a thrill ride, but you can make it feel a bit more fun with this clever desk tidy. Let your child customise their castle however they like – we've added a grand moat, some windows, and a huge front door. Pop your stationery inside, and job done! Scroll down for a few extra learning ideas too.

You will need:

  • Toilet paper roll tubes
  • Shoebox lid
  • Masking tape
  • Paint
  • Black felt tip

How to make a DIY desk tidy

Step 1

Cut two toilet roll tubes in half. Have your children arrange all the tubes in the shape of a castle and secure them together using masking tape.

Step 2

Time to get out the paints! Ask your children to make the castle a royal colour of their choice, and to paint the inside of the lid blue to make a moat or green to create grass.

Step 3

Once everything’s dry, your child can glue the tubes on top of the shoebox. Next, ask them to draw windows and other details with the black felt tip.

Step 4 

Fill with stationery and await their first homework assignment!

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Learning guide

The physical elements of this craft (cutting, sticking and painting) all help develop your child's fine motor skills. Ask your little one to think about the people who would live in their castle if they were real. See if they can draw some pictures, or even write a story about the castle’s inhabitants. Luckily, they’ve got somewhere to tidy away their pens and pencils afterwards!