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If you lived in Europe during the Middle Ages, the head of your family might have had a coat of arms: a decorated design on his shield that showed the world who he was and what he stood for. These days, coats of arms aren’t just reserved for knights on the battlefield. Any family can create a coat of arms as a way to teach children about family members' values, their ancestry, and their hopes for the future. Make your own coat of arms with this fun activity that's also a great way to get your child thinking about what's important to your family. It makes a great addition to the costume box as well!