When your history studies take you to the Holy Roman Empire, add this hands-on project to your homeschool lessons for an added bit of fun and open-ended creativity!
First request your free template and guide below. After you download the PDF, print the one-page template (one copy per child) and refer to the guide for a list of materials and directions.
Children ages 7-9 will be able to complete the project with little assistance. Younger kids can do it, too, but may need more help with measuring and cutting.
The History of the Imperial Crown of the Holy Roman Empire
While the children assemble and decorate their crowns, read aloud the historical background included in the guide. You and your children will learn:
- Which emperor was ruling when the Imperial Crown was made
- The purpose of the crown
- The duration of the Holy Roman Empire
- When the official name Holy Roman Empire began to be used
- Where the crown is today
- What's unique about the crown's shape
- Why the jewels on the crown are rounded instead of faceted
- Why the jewels on the crown are held in place with thin wires
Download the Entire Project: Template and Step-by-Step Directions
Download the full direction booklet for detailed, step-by-step how tos, a template, and historical background here.
Build It; Then Play With It
After your children create their own Imperial Crowns, add them to your costume closet for history-inspired dress-up play. Wearing crowns, children can act out the events in their history lessons and use new vocabulary to create impromptu dialogue. The learning keeps going, even after the craft is complete!