World History Crafts for Kids
Medieval crafts for kids are some of the best! Make a
Robin Hood Hat , choose from a variety of castles to create, or make a knight's helmet or shield . . . and that's just the beginning! Better yet, most of these Medieval projects are FREE!
For reading recommendations, visit our
Medieval Reading List for Kids !
Castles & Cathedrals Crafts
This Dungeons and Dragons site offers castles and other medieval buildings. All are done in color for the advanced student to print and fold.
You can make this
intermediate-level castle out of cereal boxes, cardboard tubes (paper towel/TP), and the printed patterns. And it all fits on an 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of cardstock.
paper soldiers site includes a castle, along with knights, weapons, and many other figures. For the castle, print the Doors, Gates 1 & 2, Tower 1 & 2, and Wall 1 & 2.
Make a simple
paper castle at this site, or try another one here!
Better yet, make a
castle pop-up card! This site offers another castle pop-up which doesn't include a pattern, but instructs you on how to make your own.
Build Neuschwanstein Castle out of paper at the Paper Toys site!
Create a Stained Glass Window out of melted crayons! Or click here for more stained glass window ideas! Or download our free template for an impressive craft--our Stained Glass video shows you how. "Shrinky Dinks" (or "Shrink Art") from your local craft store is also great for Stained Glass projects—simply draw/trace and bake!
Knights, Armor, & Weapons Crafts
Here is one of our favorite choices for making a knight's helmet out of metallic cardstock! Or try these directions for making your own knight's helmet. Or try this version or this one !
authentic medieval shield or coat of arms with instructions from Owl & Mouse. The same site gives a printable shield pattern PLUS clipart figures to print out (scroll in the box at the top of the page). Hint: Use cardstock or poster board for shield base--it's easier than cardboard!
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!
Find instructions for
chain mail at the History For Kids site.
This technique for making
realistic, flexible armor out of craft foam is amazing! The instructions do not include a pattern, but just the process. Be sure to look at the author's finished product (for fictional "Helm's Deep" armor)!
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!
Medieval Life Crafts
Make a chess set out of paper thanks to Canon Papercraft!
Print out this set of
Medieval Life Flashcards, and then use to play "Go Fish" or another card game! Or use some of the illustrations to decorate another project or a Lapbook.
Medieval Times Thematic Unit by Cynthia Ross. Teacher Created Resources, 2004.
Reproducible activites based on the books Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest, Adam of the Road, The Door in the Wall.
The Victoria & Albert Museum offers instructions & explanations to create a
medieval book. Make your own quill pen and practice writing with washable ink!
Here is a fun and simple king's crown or queen's crown to color, cut, and paste together. It's wearable when you finish!
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!
jester's hat out of craft foam. And then learn how to juggle!
This paper soldiers site includes figures for Normans, Saxons, Hospitalers, Mongols, and more, as well as siege weapons, a battering ram, and a castle.
Professor Noggin's Medieval Times Card Game
Art & Religion Crafts
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.
egg paint and try to copy Renaissance art!
Robin Hood Crafts
Make Robin Hood's green cap! This site lists lots of fun and games with a Robin Hood theme!
Since true archery is out of the question for the classroom, have your students make this
felt target with Velcro balls instead, and compete for the bull's eye!
Hands-On America Vol. 1: Art Activities About Vikings, Explorers, Woodland Indians and Colonial Life
Viking ship out of paper!
Crafts on the Normans & the Battle of Hastings
Build your own Norman ship!
Norman solider's helmet.
These activities are guided by worksheets -- first,
put the events of the Bayeux Tapestry in order, or figure out what the Bayeux Tapestry tells us about William the Conqueror.
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