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Tutorial: How to Make a Knight Shield

by Sara McClure on May 25, 2011

Jonah and I have been having some knight adventures! He’s taken an interest into castles and knights after reading the book In the Castle by Anna Milbourne. As an extension of the book, we made a shield and pretended we were knights. Making a knight shield is really simple!

How to Make a Knight Shield:

1. Cut a shield shape from some cardboard. I did this part freehand, but you can always look up some shield pictures and copy the shape. We used the cardboard piece leftover from making the portable puppet theater.

2. Let your little one color or paint the shield shape.

3. Attach a “handle” for the back. I basically cut a strip of cardboard from a cereal box and attached it to the back. I had Jonah place his arm on the shield so that I could see the size he needed. I folded the strip (envision an upside down horseshoe) and taped it down.

4. Grab your foam sword and storm the castle…er, um, I mean swingset!

To see more activities involving knights, visit the Totally Tots Knight Theme!

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1 Laurel May 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

How cute!


2 Sara May 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Thank you Laurel! I love getting first-time commenters coming out from their hiding spaces, too! :)


3 Kara at The Chuppies May 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Love the photo of him “heading out to slay dragons” :)
Man–this age/stage is awesome! They are so fun and everything is an adventure!
Keep being such a fun mommy! :)


4 Sara May 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm

He’s become OBSESSED with knights!


5 Faith May 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm

That is too cute! I know he loved it!


6 Handy Man, Crafty Woman May 27, 2011 at 12:17 am

What a cutie pie! Love your blog!


7 Sara May 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

Thank you for stopping by and saying hello!


8 Tara McClenahan June 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Hi Sara!
I LOVE this! And I noticed that you based this on an Usborne Book!! I am an Usborne Books consultant! Is it OK if I share this with my customers who purchase one of our MANY knights-themed books?? By the way, we have a BRAND NEW Summer Space Camp if you would like some info for it!!

Hugs to you friend!


9 Sara June 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Sure Tara, feel free to pass it along to your customers. The series that this book is from are some of our favorite! Perfect informational books for little ones–just the right amount of info written in young kids terms!


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