By Creative Toyshop

Reviewed for Kindergarten, 2009

Calafant Castle

If your child loves brave knights or pretty princesses, they'll want to get to work on this kingdom right away. Luckily, this fun and relatively quick and easy construction project offers a set of numbered photo instructions, so kids don't need to read in order to tackle it! Five and six-year-olds may need some help carefully bending the pre-cut corrugated cardboard and interpreting the directions, but as they build they'll learn to follow a picture model, exercise motor skills, and think spatially. Let your child add paint, stickers, jewels, or whatever other art supplies you've got on hand to add her own royal flair. And feel free to invite small dolls or knights from the toy chest for an impromptu coronation. (Creative Toyshop, $24.90)