Activity:

Make Your Own Maccabee Shield

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What You Need:

  • Large piece of cardboard
  • Paint
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hole punch

What You Do:

  1. Help your child cut the large sheet of cardboard into the shape of a shield. Because the Maccabee insignia is usually housed within a triangle, urge him to create this shape in particular. It's okay if it isn't perfect, but try to help them cut out a fair representation of a triangle.
  2. Ask your child to move one of the points of the triangle upright, and this will be the top of his shield. Allow him to paint the surface of the shield in blue paint. Help him to keep as much paint on the cardboard and off of his hands as possible!
  3. After the blue paint has dried thoroughly, help your child to stencil in the Maccabee symbol with a pencil (see accompanying image).
  4. Ask your child to fill in the pencil outline with yellow paint. Encourage him to do his best to stay within the lines, and you can help them with the narrower parts. Remind him that any imperfections will only serve to make the shield  more unique!
  5. Once your shield has been able to dry all the way, attach the string to the back of the shield. Do this by helping your child punch a hole on either side of the shield, and insert one end of string into each hole and tie it in place. Repeat this process on each side, leaving enough slack in the string for your child to hold onto the shield from the back.

With your child's Maccabee shield now complete, encourage him to let his imagination soar and to play with his new shield to his heart's content!

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