The Vikings were a hearty lot who knew how to protect themselves with their magnificent swords and shields. Help children make a Viking sword out of cardboard to spur questions about the history of famous Vikings like Erik the Red and his son Leif Ericsson. You might also incorporate a geography lesson about the original home of the Vikings and where they travelled. Making and decorating their own Viking swords will provide children with valuable imaginative and adventurous playtime.
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Things you need
- Long cardboard box
- Double-stick tape
- Poster paint
- Foam paintbrush
- Coloured beads
Use scissors to cut a cardboard box into a long, narrow, pointed sword shape.
Tape an extra piece of cardboard measuring 3 inches by 1 inch to the non-pointed end of the sword to create a handle.
Attach tinfoil to the blade end of the sword with double-stick tape.
Paint the sword handle any colour you desire.
Glue coloured beads to the sword handle.
Tips and warnings
- Make a Viking shield from a large cardboard box by cutting out a large circle and painting it red and grey. Attach a strap for holding the shield by stapling fabric to one side.
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