Seasonal bargains

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My boys love costumes.  They dress up all the time!  My youngest one practically lives in costumes 7 days a week. The day after Halloween many shops will mark costumes down as much as 75%! You can often find great deals.  Last year after Halloween I picked up several inexpensive costumes for Christmas gifts.  If [...]

Medieval Castle Siege Game

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Finished castle with “King Toucan” I got this idea from someone else’s blog, but unfortunately I can’t remember where I saw it!  We had lots of fun with this one. First, we printed out castle templates so that the kids could assemble their own castle.  I printed out the black and white ones, and the [...]

Educational Games Online

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My children really enjoy it when I can find a great game online to supplement our history studies. Here are a few we like: We learned how to play Senet when we studied Ancient Egypt. This online version looks somewhat realistic, so you may want to check it out, especially if you are thinking of [...]

Make Your Own Coat of Arms

We really enjoyed the book Make Your Own Coat of Arms by Catherine Daly-Weir. The boys enjoyed using the enclosed stencil to make their own personal, realistic coat of arms. Our preschooler thought this was so much fun, though he got as much marker on his arms and on the table as he did on [...]

Costumes for the Medieval Feast

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  It took a bit of doing to pull the costumes for this feast together. But it really wasn’t too hard. My boys already had a good bit of what they needed in their costume bin. Our oldest son has a Scottish William Wallace Claymore sword from Vision Forum that he wanted to wear to [...]

Recipes for the Medieval Feast

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  Menu: Wassail Selection of Cheeses Bread Potato and Leek Soup Pheasant from the King’s Forest (aka Roasted Chicken Legs) Wild Boar (aka Ham) apple tarts gingerbread Recipes: For the wassail, we just used warmed apple cider. You could put some mulling spices in it if you want to. Leek and Potato Soup One bundle [...]

Decorating for the Medieval Feast

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  We celebrated our Medieval Feast last night! Usually our feasts only involve our family, but we did something on a slightly larger scale this time. Another family joined in, as well as my dad. The children from both families met earlier this week and prepared a program to present during the feast. It was [...]

Viking Feast

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Beef stew, rye bread with butter, non-alcoholic mead, and soft cheese. No feast has been more highly anticipated in our home than the Viking Feast. My husband can trace his Norwegian heritage all the way back to Harald Hardrade, the Norwegian King who was killed in 1066 in the Battle of Stamford Bridge….and beyond. My [...]

Viking Hnefetafl

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  One of our favorite activities while studying the Vikings was playing the game of Hnefetafl (pronounced Nef-uh-tah-full). Hnefetafl is a strategy game like chess, though much simpler to play. It simulates a Viking raid, with attackers trying to capture the King and defenders trying to protect him. We made the game board years ago, [...]