Let me tell you about this amazing book: Your Life as an Explorer on a Viking Ship. Just like our last experience with one of Troupe's storytelling adventures (see the book recommendation and Colonial crafts we made here), we were transported back in time as we imagined the life of 11-year old Leif Grimmson, son of Grimr the Grouch, in the year 812, as he left his family farm in Denmark to explore with the Vikings.
The book intertwines the story of Leif's adventure with loads of interesting historical facts. A few of the things we learned included:
- Most Vikings were farmers.
- The parts of a boat: stern, oars, oar ports, hull, prow, sail, and mast.
- Vikings played a game that is believed to be similar to chess, called Hnefatafl.
- Shields kept Vikings safe in battle. Most were made of pinewood.
Now it was time to make our own version of a Viking shield!!
Next, he used the low-temp glue gun to attach some apparel findings that resembled nail heads.
When little brother came home from preschool, he immediately asked if I'd make him a shield. For his, I masked off two areas with blue painters tape and brushed on acrylic craft paint. Then I added woodgrain with a brown fine point Sharpie. Lastly, I glued on a clean, empty single-serve applesauce cup covered in duck tape to the center.