Make Your Own . . . . .

Spear or Axe and Shield

   Using standard craft supplies and this leaflet from our 'Make Your Own' series, the children can get creative and try making their own spear and shield.

   We supply all the materials needed, plus pictures of spears, axes and shields from archaeology and reconstructions of what the warriors who carried them would have looked like, plus information about paint, brushes and how these - and the weapons and armour - would have been made originally. The instructions are simple to follow and fully illustrated, however some assistance may be required with cutting and glueing.

   This workshop is suitable as a space- / time-filling activity which can be hosted by a teacher / helper, if included in a half or whole day visit.

Key Facts / Sources:
Spear construction; Shield construction; King Rædwald; Pigments; Beahnoth's Seax; Gokstad Shield
7 years upwards
Companion Workshop(s):
Warriors; Battle Drill
Suitable Hand-Outs:
Make Your Own . . . 'Spear/Axe and Shield' Paint Information Sheet
'Hædde the Hunter' picture to colour Warrior picture to colour
'Spearman' picture to colour 'Feasting' picture to colour
'Psychomachia folio 30' picture to colour 'Harley Psalter folio 13v' picture to colour
Early (Pagan) Drawing / Colouring-in - Wíga (Warrior) Weapons and Armour Information Sheet
tables for working on