One of my most favorite projects EVER in school was when we got to make a Coat of Arms, also referred to (incorrectly) as a Family Crest. Our teacher used the phrases interchangeably, so until I started to write this post I didn't realize they weren't the same thing. One of the joys of homeschooling is learning alongside your kids!
How to Make a Coat of Arms
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You can be silly or you can be serious and detailed, it's totally up to you! Decorating your Coat of Arms is all about how you view your family. Draw what you like, in colors you like. It's 100% yours!
Colors and symbol meanings
Gold: generosity and elevation of the mind
Silver or white: peace and sincerity
Red: warrior or martyr; military strength and magnanimity
Blue: truth and loyalty
Green: hope, joy, and loyalty in love
Black: constancy or grief
Purple: royal majesty, sovereignty, and justice
Orange: worthy ambition
Maroon: patient in battle and yet victorious
See what different objects and animals mean over here.
What is a Coat of Arms?
A Coat of Arms is a special symbol that knights would wear to identify, as well as protect, themselves. Here's a more in-depth explanation via video:
The Truth Behind the Coat of Arms
“Historically speaking, a coat of arms is a design on the shield of a medieval knight. The design was unique to an individual. Sometimes, the individual only had rights to the coat of arms during his lifetime. Other times, he was allowed to pass it down to his descendants, and it became the family coat of arms. As time went on, some nations and even corporations adopted their own coats of arms. The symbols on a coat of arms are meant to represent the achievements of the person, state, or corporation to whom or which the arms were granted.”
Coat of Arms Resources
I browsed Teachers Pay Teachers to find some extra resources for learning about Family Crests, Coats of Arms, and Midieval times.
- Middle Ages Coat of Arms Activity – 6-10th Grade
- Middle Ages Coat of Arms Project – 3-9th Grade
- My Coat of Arms, Writing With Figurative Language – 3-8th Grade
- Midieval Manor and Coat of Arms – 4-10th Grade
Need more ideas? Follow this Personal Coat of Arms Lesson Plan: