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In medieval times, every knight had a coat of arms on his shield. Students design a crest that tells about their family's heritage.
Students research information about coats of arms and the knights who wore them on their shields. Why did they have these shields? Look for the many different symbols in coats of arms. Find out what the symbols meant during medieval times. Ask students if they had been a knight, which symbols would they have chosen?
To form a crest, fold a large piece of construction paper in half lengthwise. Use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to draw a slightly curved line from the bottom of the fold up about 1/3 of the way on the outer edge. With Crayola Scissors, cut off the piece. Unfold your crest. Fold it in half the other way to form four equal sections. Crease well.
Cover the art area with recycled newspaper. With a paintbrush, paint two sections of the crest using gold Crayola Premier™ Tempera. Cover the other two sections with another color of Crayola Tempera. Dry.
On a separate piece of paper, students draw templates of their initials and other symbols about themselves and their family's heritage for the crest. Cut them out and trace them on the crest. Paint the initials and symbols using the opposite background color. Dry.
Accentuate designs in the crest with Crayola Glitter Glue. Dry.
For more stability, outline your crest on cardboard or posterboard. Cut it out. Attach to the back of the crest with Crayola School Glue. Dry.
To form a hanger, punch two openings on the top of the crest. Run ribbon or yarn through the holes and knot.
Students explain the meaning of the symbols on their crest to the class.
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