The fairy tale world of castles, dragons, princesses and knights captures the attention of many kids, so a craft that makes use of this setting allows kids to exercise their imagination. Try a craft in which kids make their own knights on paper or set up a craft that turns your child into a knight, instead.
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Aluminium Foil Knight
Kids of all ages can enjoy making their own knights out of construction paper, aluminium foil and a few other materials, but young children may need help from an adult. Begin by cutting out a basic outline for the knight out of aluminium foil. The outline should look similar to that of a gingerbread man, but with rectangular limbs instead of rounded ones. Glue the aluminium foil onto the construction paper and cut away excess paper. Cut out a small rectangle of skin-coloured paper, draw on two eyes and glue the rectangle onto the knight's helmet. Give your knight other accessories as you please, such as a feather for his helmet or a sword made out of pipe cleaners.
Create a life-size shield with cardboard and other decorative materials. Draw and cut out the outline for the shield from the side of a cardboard box. Make the shield "shine" by painting it with metallic silver paint or by gluing aluminium foil on its front. Attach a strip of cardboard or heavy elastic to the back for a handle. Lastly, decorate the shield as desired, using stickers, markers and paints to fill the front with pictures of the shield-bearer's interests.
Every knight in shining armour needs a sword. Create a safe, easy-to-make sword using heavy cardboard and metallic paints. Draw and cut out a sword that measures around arm's length in size. Paint the blade with silver paint and the handle with gold or bronze paint. Once the paint dries, decorate the handle with "jewels" or unique designs. Paint the jewels with red, green or blue paints, or glue flat-backed craft gems on the handle, instead.
Even the best of knights would be nowhere without his shining armour. Allow kids to design their own armour using sheets of silver, grey or black poster board in various sizes. The armour should consist of two large pieces of poster board for the torso, one for the front and one for the back, tied together with yarn. Armour may include additional poster board for the arms and legs. Kids should personalise their armour by decorating it with metallic paints or markers.
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