Teaching children about Medieval history can be difficult, especially if the kids seem distracted or hyperactive. One solution is to provide active or distracted children with a hands-on project related to Medieval history. For example, children can make a medieval paper knight mask that they can wear around the room as you teach them about the Middle Ages. Everything needed to make a paper knight's mask can be purchased at a craft supply store.
Inflate a balloon so that it is slightly larger than your head, then knot the end. Set the balloon aside.
Combine 1/2 cup of cornstarch, 1/2 cup of salt and 1 cup of white flour into a saucepan. Add in 2 cups of water, then heat the saucepan over medium-high heat until it boils. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture for 10 minutes. Let the paper mache mixture cool for 30 minutes.
Cut newspaper into long strips that measure approximately 3 inches wide, 8 inches long.
Dip the newspaper strips into the paper mache mixture, and lay the dipped strips over the balloon in a criss-cross pattern. Cover the entire balloon with six layers. Let the paper mache-covered balloon dry for six hours.
Pop the balloon inside of the paper mache shell by inserting a straight pin directly into the shell.
Cut the paper mache shell in half width wise, and remove the deflated balloon inside.
Cut the bottom half of the shell in half again. This will become the mouthpiece of the knight mask. Cut a half-inch-wide hole into both sides of the mouthpiece. Place the holes 1 inch from the edge of the mouthpiece.
Cut out two eye holes from the top half of the mask, positioning the eye holes 1 inch from the bottom edge of the mask. Space the eye holes 1 inch apart.
Cut a half-inch hole into either side of the top half of the mask. Position the holes 1 inch from the bottom edge.
Line up the holes from the mouthpiece with the holes on the top of the mask, and tie the corresponding holes of the mask together using chenille sticks.
Paint the entire paper knight mask using metallic acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry for 30 minutes, then paint a layer of clear acrylic glaze over the paint. This will make the mask look like metal. Allow the glaze to dry for 30 more minutes before wearing it.
Things you need
- White flour
- Straight pin
- Chenille sticks
- Acrylic paint, metallic
- Acrylic glaze, clear