As I type this entry into my blog, Ben and I are listening to Jim Weiss tell the story of King Arthur and His Knights. Ben is happily coloring a page of King Arthur and his sword, Excalibur, from the Dover coloring book, History of the Sword. Ben has never been one to enjoy coloring, but I think the tide may be turning with this coloring book.
If you haven’t looked at the Dover coloring books, please do. They are so much more than coloring books. There’s a lot of great information on each page as well. For example, the page that Ben is coloring gives a brief synopsis of the story of King Arthur and his sword. You can’t beat the price on these books either……$3.95 each. For our Middle Ages study, I also purchased 2 other coloring books, Life in a Medival Castle and Village and Knights and Armor. Not a coloring book, but one other fun thing I purchased from Dover is the Easy to Make Castle. It has cardbard cut-outs that will fit together to make a castle. We’ll have a blast with this! I think it was $6.95.
We did another super fun activity today. We created a family crest using the website: Make Your Coat of Arms. On this website you can make a coat of arms for your family and then print it off. You can even order products with your crest if you’d like. Ben and I each created a coat of arms. We’ll take his and make a banner with construction paper to add to our notebook. We’re also going to take the basic premise from the one he created to make a shield. We added a couple of minit books from the Knights Lapbook at HSS to our Medieval Times Notebook. Pictures coming soon.
So far, we’re having a great time in the Middle Ages! And we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface.