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The Best Toy Castles For Kids Who Create Their Own Fairy Tales

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Imaginative play is one of the best things about being a kid — and a toy castle is one of the best ways for kids to indulge that creativity. Creating a world full of fairy tale creatures, knights (we’ve got knight toy recommendations, too), royals, and more allows them to think beyond their immediate surroundings and dream up whatever they like (sounds pretty good after the last year, tbh) There’s a reason they call it “the magic of childhood,” right?

No matter how old yours is (hi, my best friend and I played with Barbies until we were 12), there’s a castle for kids of virtually all ages and interests. Some come pre-assembled, some include construction as part of the fun-and motor-skill building (think LEGO and magnetic tiles). There are advanced castle playsets that require sophisticated building skills and simpler options with handmade wooden pieces for teeny hands to hold. For the princess-loving set, there are castles that feature favorite characters from Frozen, My Little Pony, and Peppa Pig, and for action-adventure types, we found an interactive castle complete with sound effects, catapults, and projectiles.

In short, there’s a toy castle for every kind of child here — and you’re sure to find something yours will want to play with day and, er, knight (not sorry). Ahead, shop everything from modern to old-fashioned options; the perfect palace for your littles awaits.

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