After perusing large numbers of library books I knew a very popular project would be to make a Roman shield. My boys love to pretend to be soldiers and fight the scary hordes of barbarians, or dryads. For some reason dryads are frequent bad guys.
Supplies for a Roman shield toy (affiliate links):
Super easy steps for Roman shield toy
First sketch out your shield design. I was a lot more stubborn about our design for the standard than I was for the shields. I just didn’t want to fight them on the shield, so I ended up with a unicorn, a vaguely Roman thing with the wrong colors, and something I’m not remembering without looking at it. But a unicorn, the historian inside of me shriveled up a little as she painted it. Shriveled.
Slowly paint your shield following your design. A couple of pointers for painting this project:
- Paint the big huge areas first.
- Then go back and paint the details.
- Finally go back and fill in any bits that are messed up.
Create the handle for your Roman shield:
- Tear off two strips about 12 inches long.
- Fold those strips in half.
- Place those strips on top of 2 strips about 18-24 inches long.
- Tape the two strips onto the back of your shield leaving a loop large enough for the child’s arm to fit through.
- Reinforce the handles with a patchwork pattern of duct tape.
You now have a very fun Roman shield to play with.
Tomorrow we’ll make the sword so you have a properly equipped soldier to not just defend, but attack his enemy.