Imaginative play is regarded as a great way for children to develop problem-solving skills and lateral thinking. These easy cardboard shields will put your little knight into another time period and open up a new world of play!
Time: 15 minutes (plus drying time for paint)
Age: Under 5's, 5-10's
Paper to draw template
Metallic silver acrylic craft paint
Foam brush or roller
Electrical tape in various colours
Silver (grey) duct tape
Medieval shapes (fleur de lis, cross, dragon, sword, crown)
Fold a piece of paper in half and sketch out the template for the shield.
Trace the shield onto cardboard and cut out.
Paint the shield with the silver paint. We used two coats.
Note: I had 10 shields to do and thought spray painting them would be faster. I used one whole can to do one coat on one side of the shield. I picked up the craft paint the next day. One medium sized bottle did two coats on one side, was one quarter the cost, was less smelly and the kids could help.
Cut a piece of light cardboard (we used left over poster board paper) about 20 cm long and the width of your duct tape. Cover with duct tape and cut in half length wise. This will be your handle. Tape securely to the back of your shield.
Use the electrical tape and shapes to decorate as you wish.
We did these shields for a knight and princess birthday party. The shields were prepared ahead of time, the kids decorated them at the party and got to take them home!