Every castle needs a drawbridge. “That door that goes over the water” as the children put it. I borrowed a toy castle from the kindergarten class to look at how the drawbridge worked.
After working it a few times we learned how to attach the string to our door.
Using a pencil, as a simple tool, we poked holes in the cardboard then pushed
the string through.
Once that was complete the boys pulled up the drawbridge but quickly realized that it wouldn’t stay up. One of them suggested we needed to tie it.
I happened to have removeable wall hooks with sticky backs (if you have a chance to visit my centre you will see the size of my storage room and that it is very full). We attached the hooks at the sides of the door and they tried it again.
We also learned that we needed a system to let the people inside know that someone wanted in so the door wouldn't get ripped. Knocking works well and waiting for the drawbridge to be lowered taught us patience.
It's a success and still surviving after a week of use.