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Friday, October 14, 2016

Making a Coat of Arms

Make a Coat of Arms, free resources at Homeschooling Hearts & MindsMy three younger kids are currently studying the middle ages.  This week we had a lot of fun learning about heraldry and the kids each created his/her own Coat of Arms.  This is a fun art activity that goes well with history, but also literature---consider adding it if you are reading the Chronicles of Narnia or King Arthur for your read aloud.

There are a ton of resources on the web on heraldry, but sometimes less really is more.  It’s very easy to get bogged down in too much information and lose sight of things in a jumble of details. 

I discovered Owl & Mouse way back when we first started homeschooling and my 16-year-old was just a 2nd grader.  They still have the same free (great!) resources for studying history and geography. 

This week we used their detailed info on heraldry and printed templates for our Coats of Arms.  Maybe next week we will print the templates for building a medieval castle.  Or a village.  Here are my kids’ creations---what a great way to spend the afternoon with only the investment of a little paper, printer ink, crayon, colored pencils, markers, and (of course) time.

coat of arms image 1Emma (age 7)


coat of arms image 2Peter (age 11)


coat of arms image 3Mary (age 12)

We printed our shield and charges templates from Owl & Mouse.  Note: the program they have for some reason sets the templates to print very close to the edge of the paper (outside of the printer margin for my printer in our case).  I recommend setting it to print to fit the page or to print to the edge and doing a test print before printing the rest of your templates.  In a pinch, you can finish the template with a black marker if your margin cuts it off.

What projects have your kids made while studying the middle ages?

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