Crafts for Kids on the Celts
Use yarn to "trace" this Celtic Knot. You not only make an attractive craft, you also see and understand that Celtic Knots had no beginning and no end. Very simpleto make and a good choice for younger kids.
This craft stays completely Irish, using potato putty to make a Celtic design, and the results are impressive. If you're not into potato putty, try making this with (green) clay for the same effect. It's a great idea!
The Celtic influence left us so many intricate designs that Celtic coloring pages are a given. Here's a collection of about 16, at last count. You can also use these designs to make bookmarks or other crafts (like the potato putty idea above).
There are several bookmark ideas using Celtic designs:
This Celtic bookmark project uses very thin clay, so you would need a pasta roller or something similar to get the clay that thin. If you have it, the results are impressive. If not, just photocopy the design on paper & color. (Note: The link to the design template is a little hard to see. It is centered near the top of the page and is not underlined.)
The second Celtic bookmark option is a pretty simple design to just color and glue (add a tassel if you want). The source here is an archived webpage, so hopefully it will stay up for a while so we can benefit!
These Celtic bookmarks are listed as "table decorations," but I see bookmarks!! They are already in color, so just print and go. You may want to glue them on something sturdy, like cardstock or colored paper, and then also laminate and/or add a tassel. The same source also offers Celtic Fact Cards, which are in full color and pretty cool. Lastly at the same source are Celtic Wall Hangings, which are full-color, 1/2 page round designs. Use these to decorate walls, or notebooks, or whatever!
I used this Celtic bookmark pattern in a unit on scribes & illumination. Although the original project at the link uses very thin clay, I photocopied a copy for each student on white paper, and the kids cut it out, colored it with colored pencils, pasted it on a slightly larger background of decorative scrapbook paper, and then "illuminated" it with gold (& other colored) glitter glue. The design appears to be some sort of bird and is very similar in concept in pictures from the Book of Kells. (Note: The link to the design template is a little hard to see. It is centered near the top of the page and is not underlined.)
Art & Religion Crafts
This Orthodox Christian Icon Coloring Book provides a great resource for Byzantine religious art projects! Use the designs not only for coloring, but also for projects imitating the mosaics in the Hagia Sophia. Mosaics can be made from dried beans, torn paper, dyed & crushed eggshells...your imagination is the limit. Crafts stores even sell mosaic pieces for kids' projects. For heavier mosaics (like the dried beans), make sure you are working on a sturdy backing, like cardboard.
Make a simple triptych, print out medieval art on a colored printer, and paste on to your base. Then glue small gold fabric trim around the edges. Use these instructions for your triptych base of three panels, or make your base out of a shoebox. Here is a picture of a real triptych, and another of the Last Supper.
These are fabulous instructions for making a fresco with your students! Copy (& simplify) a sample of artwork from the Byzantine or Renaissance, and follow the instructions to transform it using plaster of paris and paint.
This site gives you patterns for a shield/coat-of-arms plus clipart to decorate it with. Scroll down this page to see the dragon, bear, unicorn, etc., and then click on the link below that for more clipart figures! Hint: Use cardstock or poster board for shield base--it's easier than cardboard!
Watch our video demonstrating How to Make a Coat of Arms Shield for kids by Carol Henderson.
Find instructions for chain mail at the History For Kids site.
Protect your castle with a catapult made out of Popsicle Sticks!
This site is loaded with ideas for crafts, games, and activities to create an entire event with a Knights theme. Start at the crafts page, and follow the links at the bottom of the page for more ideas!
Make the medieval siege weapon, the trebuchet. This is an advanced craft. Or try one out of Lego blocks! Here is another Lego design. This trebuchet is no longer on its original website, but still available on the Way Back Machine!