Activity:

Make a Hoplite Shield

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What You Need:

  • Piece of poster board, cardboard, or foam core
  • 1" x 8" piece of cardboard (for a handle)
  • Tack or pushpin
  • 12"-14" piece of string (depending on how big you want your shield to be)
  • Pencil
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Tape

What You Do:

  1. Have your child tie one end of the string around the tack or pushpin and tie the other end around a pencil.
  2. Push the tack through the center of the poster board.
  3. Using the string as a compass, have him draw a large circle on the poster board.
  4. Cut out the circle. This will be his shield.
  5. Encourage him to decorate the front of the shield with images, symbols, or patterns that represent his personality. Also suggest writing his name in Greek letters across the shield.
  6. Turn the shield over and tape both ends of the handle to the back so his hand fits between the handle and the shield.

Did You Know?

Ancient Greek shields and armor were made of many layers of metal, cloth wood, and leather, sort of like a sandwich. Some shields weighed as much as 15 or 20 pounds!

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