We're reading about the middle ages in history right now. We've been enjoying learning about knights and armor. We also read about the family crests used on shields and flags. So we decided to do a project. I cut shield shapes out of cardboard boxes (pizza boxes) and had the girls work on coming up with a simple design.
Then they each got to draw their designs with pencils onto the shields. Then they painted them, mostly using their fingers. It's hard to tell from these photos, but Gloria's design is a cross and Danya's is a lamb to represent the Lamb of God. I thought they both had great ideas and they did the whole thing themselves. Afterwords I surprised them with some gifts I bought a couple of months ago in anticipation of this lesson coming up. They are technically gladiator shields, gauntlets, and swords, but the girls don't mind. Even Kevin has gotten in on the act having sword fights with Glory around the house.