Create Your Own Coat of Arms

As part of their study of the Middle Ages and heraldry, individuals design their own coats of arms complete with personal and/or family symbols.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Include the activity as part of a study of heraldry during the Middle Ages
  • Have individuals research their histories to see if a coat of arms already exists for their families
  • Individuals might also create a coat of arms for a historical figure or a character in a favorite story
  • Post the coats of arms about the room and have class members guess to whom they belong
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider collecting images of various forms to serve as models for those unfamiliar with the concept
Pros

  • Complete directions and a template for the shield are included
Cons

  • None