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Medieval Knights for Kids – Middle Ages History Lesson for kids

Make the middle ages for kids come alive to with this fun, engaging medieval knights for kids lesson plan. In this history lesson for kids, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students will learn about knights, family coat of arms, may a DIY Bow and arrow, and more! Because kids remember more when they are having fun so we want our study of history to come alive for young students!
Make the middle ages for kids come alive to with this fun, engaging medieval knights for kids lesson plan. In this history lesson for kids, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students will learn about knights, family coat of arms, may a DIY Bow and arrow, and more! Because kids remember more when they are having fun so we want our study of history to come alive for young students!

Medieval Knights for Kids

This week in our hands on Medieval Times homeschool history for kids  unit we took a closer look at Knights. This knights for kids lesson is a playful, hands-on look at the middle ages for kids from preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students. We do lots of hands on history projects, read lots of good books, make a coat of arms craft to learn about heraldry, and so much more!

Knights for Kids

We learned that the process to become a knight began when a boy was 8 years old and would begin serving as a Page in a noblemans household. Goofy was surprised to learn that he was the right age to begin his page training. This Mom got a feeling her baby is growing up too quickly! We also learned out Heraldry, made a Craft stick Bow & Arrow, and had some great time to play.

Medieval Unit Herladry Study

Heraldry Project for Kids

In Medieval Times (also known as the Middle Ages) people were very interested in knowing about their ancestors and showing others what family they belonged to. People made up family designs that were passed down. These were also important for knights as when they were wearing armor you couldn’t tell if you were fighting a friend or foe. Having your crest on your shield and banner helped others to know who they were fighting.

Note: We bought Design Your Own Coat of Arms but didn’t find it any more helpful than using web based information like this site here.
Creating our own shields - hands on homeschool history

Knight craft for kids

After picking the shape of their shield the kids picked colors they liked (and liked their significance). We picked typical symbols. Each of our shields had a sword cross symbol to symbolize we were all part of the same family and that we would fight for Jesus, our Lord and savior. My tender-hearted girls added hearts, and the castle symbol was popular with them too – wonder why =)
Homeschool Heraldry Study for Knight Unit
Finally, we made a coordinating flag for our castle. This helped neighboring kingdoms to know what family we belonged to.

Book Recommendations


At the heart of our lesson for the week were these great stories about knights. The Making of a Knight is a beautifully illustrated story of how a boy becomes a knight – a wonderful look at the process. Saint George and the Dragon is the retelling of a classic story. It is a longer story, good for 1st Graders or older. The Knight and the Dragon is short, sweet story perfect for Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Kindergarten learners. Knights in Shinning Armor is by one of my favorite authors for kids. Her books are always full of great information, nice illustrations, and in a wide variety of titles perfect for homeschool families.

DIY Q-tip Bow & Arrow

After seeing the super clever Q-tip Bow & Arrow I knew Goofy would love making it!

Soaking craft stick to bend it  Bending caft sticks to make medieval bow and arrow kid activity
First off, soak your craft sticks for at least 3 hours. We used colored and plain ones – the plain ones absorbed the water better and therefore were more pliable.  Then carefully, slowly bend the stick. Some are going to break – so make extra. Then keep it in the shape you choose until it dries, about 24 hours.
Cut notches into bow Craft stick and cott swab bow and arrow medieval kid activity
Use scissors to make a notch on both ends of your stick. Then wrap dental floss across and tie in knot. Dental floss is nice and stretchy that is why it works so well.
Hands on history middle ages kids activity Now cut cotton swaps in half to serve as the arrows. Insert, pull back slightly, and release. This is more a cool novelty than a toy of the year.

Playmobil Castle Play for Homeschool Medieval History Unit

Castle and Knight Play

All our big units have lots of time for play! I feel strongly that children should be allowed to be children and actually play much of their day.  I find that after a huge history unit my kids have lots of ideas and thoughts in their head that they want to act out and explore further. So besides playing in our DIY Cardboard Box Castle, we also played with Goofy’ Playmobil Castle. We  spent some time modifying our original castle design to make sure it had all the parts of a castle we’d been learning about. Then we had fun playing and making up our own knight stories.

Looking for a fun suggestion for movie knight? The Sword in the stone would be a great pick for this week!

medieval times for kids - 4 week lesson about history from 400-1600 AD. Make a life-size castle, design a coat of arms, make a bow and arrow, learn the significance of the church in the middle ages, learn the origins of the pretzel, and paint life famous artist Giotto with egg paint.

Journey back to the time of castles and knights with this fun middle ages for kids hands-on history lesson for kids!

Knights Quest – a free Division Games

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History Lessons for Kids

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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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