A PINK castle!! Peakles was thrilled when we were on our summer holiday (vacation) to see a real pink castle!
We looked up the National Trust for Scotland’s website when we were on holiday nearby. As members of the National Trust we decided to visit a site and Craigievar Castle in Scotland seemed interesting. http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Craigievar-Castle
The castle is really pink because the main local building material was pink granite. The render on the castle is also pink to make it blend in!
We had a great time looking at all the interesting objects inside and hearing about the history of the castle and about the family that owned it. Peakles really liked the bedrooms and loved coming down the spiral staircase too! It just made me dizzy! After we had been inside the castle we had a good look around the grounds and Peakles was able to run off lots of energy.
She thought Craigievar was the BEST castle she had ever seen and when we go home she asked for a pink castle to play with! Now normally I try to steer clear of all things pink especially toys but it is her favourite colour and she did want to play castles. Yet when she pointed out that the Scottish one was pink how could I argue with that! I suppose wanting a rugged Scottish castle isn’t quite the same as wanting a fairy princess one and there had been no mention of glitter or sparkly bits either!
We set about painting some interesting cardboard packaging that I had saved from the recycling bin.
We used a mixture of red, orange and white paint to get that lovely rich pink colour of the Scottish pink granite.
After painting the packaging I found a box that was the perfect size and covered it in pink paper. We added the pink painted top and then as a final touch we attached some rolled paper towers with grey cones for a roof on the top.
Peakles is very impressed with her pink castle and spends LOTS of time with her toys playing in, around or on top of it.
It has become a great focus for some really interesting imaginative play and her general ‘chatter’ whilst she plays shows me that she was listening to and understanding the tour guide when we made our visit! She has even asked if we can take it with us when we revisit Craigievar Castle again – now that will make a super photograph!