Explore Medieval Times with 10 Hands-on History Activities

The Medieval Period in European history is well know by children of all ages for castles, battles, arts, and architecture. The time between the fall of Rome and the beginning of the Renaissance offers families many opportunities to learn through literature, movies, and of course our favorite learning method — hands-on history activities.

The Medieval Period in European history is well know by children of all ages for castles, battles, arts, and architecture. The time between the fall of Rome and the beginning of the Renaissance offers families many opportunities to learn through literature, movies, and of course our favorite learning method — hands-on history activities. Teens and tweens can use hands-on learning projects to learn more about feudalism, Medieval weapons, daily life, etc.

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When studying Medieval European history, also known as the Middle Ages, teens and tweens can use hands-on learning projects to learn more about feudalism, Medieval weapons, daily life during the period, and more.

Medieval Hands-on History Activities

Weapons and armor – Create your own historically-based weapons (including swords, spears, axes, daggers, etc.) and armor (helmets, shields, leg armor, etc.) using, you guessed it, duct tape.

The Medieval Period in European history is well know by children of all ages for castles, battles, arts, and architecture. The time between the fall of Rome and the beginning of the Renaissance offers families many opportunities to learn through literature, movies, and of course our favorite learning method — hands-on history activities. Teens and tweens can use hands-on learning projects to learn more about feudalism, Medieval weapons, daily life, etc.

Play a game  -Learn about the feudal system, the dominant social and political structure of the Middle Ages, by playing a game of chess.

Stained glass window – With this simple project students can create beautiful Medieval stained glass projects using just a few easy to find supplies.

Scaled outline of a Medieval Castle – Use blueprints to draw (with chalk) a scaled footprint of a Medieval Castle right in your driveway.

The Medieval Period in European history is well know by children of all ages for castles, battles, arts, and architecture. The time between the fall of Rome and the beginning of the Renaissance offers families many opportunities to learn through literature, movies, and of course our favorite learning method — hands-on history activities. Teens and tweens can use hands-on learning projects to learn more about feudalism, Medieval weapons, daily life, etc.

Medieval Feast – Eating is always a fun activity.  Get the entire family involved in preparing for a Medieval feast.  The hands-on portion of this activity also includes how you eat!

Family Crest, Coat of Arms – Use this online resource to help you create a Family Crest, Coat of Arms and then create your own as a drawing or painting.

Medieval Fashions – Research fashions of the Middle Ages and then construct your own garments with these very helpful tips.

Catapults and Trajectory – Include a little science into your studies by experimenting with catapults. Then learn more about Catapult Physics including the Trebuchet, Mangonel, and more.

Simple Science Catapults and Trajectory

Micro-Scale Castle – With this detailed tutorial learn to make a micros-scale castle, such as the Tower of London, with LEGOs.

Chivalry – Adapt classic tales into skits to learn about knights and chivalrous behavior.

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For even more hands-on history activities for Medieval Times be sure to check out our History Pinterest boards!

The Medieval Period in European history is well know by children of all ages for castles, battles, arts, and architecture. The time between the fall of Rome and the beginning of the Renaissance offers families many opportunities to learn through literature, movies, and of course our favorite learning method — hands-on history activities. Teens and tweens can use hands-on learning projects to learn more about feudalism, Medieval weapons, daily life, etc.

Follow along as we share hands-on projects for teens to do while they’re studying various time periods in history.

Very few middle school kids want to sit down and only read about history from a dry textbook. They want to get their hands dirty, build stuff, and really get a sense of what it was like to live during the time periods they’re studying. Don't make history boring - use hands-on projects and activities to make history fun. A week of fun and interactive ideas for middle school history.


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Susan Williams
As a veteran educator I am always looking for new ways to bring learning to life for my family. I enjoy traveling, sharing ideas with other moms, and helping my children explore the world around them. We have been homeschooling for more than a decade and are now entering the final stretch of our homeschool journey with two teens in high school.
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  1. Heather G says:

    We also enjoyed building a castle out of boxes and painting it. Our medievaluation feast was the favorite, however. We had each of the kids perform something, as well. One of them played greensleeves on the guitar, some told jokes, others told stories or recited something.

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