Boris Schimanski, a well-known German cartoon artist, was trying to keep his kids entertained while he was working. So he drew a castle on a piece of cardboard , cut it out and gave it to them to play. Once he was finished with his project, he noticed that they were still playing with the their creations. They used things around the house and yard to decorate it and played in a world they created. The children expanded the play to include friends. This is how Calafant was launched.