January 12, 2014

Make Your Own Shield and Sword

We are a week into studying the middle ages and having a TON of fun with it!!!!

We drew motte and bailey castles, read books, watched videos and now we've made our own shields and swords!

I started out by cutting the shield shapes from thin cardboard, like the long, flat boxes that 24 packs of soda come in.

Then I stapled the handles to the back, once again using the same thin cardboard, but from the sides of the boxes.

Next I made the paste! I sort of eyeball the paste when I make it but I use a little flour, Elmer's Glue (almost 2 bottles) and water. For one child or smaller projects I would make about 1/2.

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Then they started layering!

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Once the shields were dry (the next day), we glued aluminum foil to the front and back, making sure to cover the handle as well.

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After that, they painted them.

For the swords I used cardboard from one of our moving boxes and just cut out the shape.

Then we used paper mache on them as well.

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Next came aluminum foil and construction paper.

Finally, they decorated the hilts with glitter glue.

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Here is Colin's finished sword!

They had so much fun making them and have been battling it out ever since! LOL


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