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St. George’s Day (or any day) is the perfect time to celebrate brave deeds. Create colorful bravery badges for yourself or to present to friends.
St. George was a kind, courageous, honest knight who protected people. He is the Patron Saint of Great Britain, Portugal, Catalonia, Aragon, and Lithuania. He is also one of the patron saints of chivalry. The British flag has the rectangular cross of St. George as its foundation, overlaid with the crosses of St. Andrew of Scotland and St. Patrick of Ireland.
The St. George Cross is an award presented for acts of great heroism or incredible courage while in extreme danger. In Great Britain, April 23rd is a day set aside to honor St. George’s memory with parades, battle reenactments, and celebrations. Find out more about the life of St. George. Read about bravery in our world today. Discuss with class and list times when students saw or participated in brave acts.
St. George’s banner was a rectangular red cross on a white background. Here’s one way to make badges that display this symbol of courage.
Use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to draw interesting shapes on cardboard, such as the back side of cereal boxes. With Crayola Scissors, cut out your favorite shapes. Trace them on dark construction paper. Use Crayola School Glue to glue the construction paper to the cereal box backing. Air-dry the badges.
Use Crayola Gel Markers to neatly print words such as Bravery Badge. Have fun adding borders and designs to your badges.
Think of interesting ways to add the St. George symbol of bravery to the badge. Cut tiny flag-shaped rectangles from white paper. Use Crayola Twistables to create the bright red cross. Glue the emblems to the badges. Glue jewelry backing to each badge. Air-dry the glue.
Keep several Bravery Badges handy to reward students' acts of courage.
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