Shields And Dragon Fire

Prep Time: 45 minutes | Cost: $1

Every kid loves to hit things… my kids love to hit me specifically and sometimes even like to hit each other.

I figure you can either keep them insulated from life or you can give them ways to find their boundaries and refine their ability to self-regulate. Foam swords are a great step towards that but the knights of yore had shields for a reason. I was honestly surprised how well this helped the kids safely play. The shields give them a target to aim for and a way to learn that life skill called cowering… that is a life skill, right?

If you have not had the chance, be sure to take a look at the video above that includes the construction and use of these fabulous little foam shields. Then, read our instructions here on how to make your own shields in 5 simple steps. We built ours for less than $1.35 each!

I have included the supplies list here with helpful links in case you want to get those items in time for a shield-building party this weekend. 


  • 1 – Foam Core Board (20inch by 30inch) (This is also available for about $1 per sheet at your local Dollar Tree store.)
  • 3 or 4 hot-glue sticks
  • Paints to customize the color
  • Glitter to add shine
  • Clear, generic school glue
  • Duct tape


  • Hot-glue gun
  • Hobby knife
  • Paint brushes

Once you have your shields be sure to play our adaptation of Red light/Green light called Dragon/Fire. The rules are pretty simple:

How to Play Dragon/Fire:

One person is designated the dragon and others (with their shields and swords in hand) are knights. Knights start out about thirty feet away from the dragon. Their goal is to run and slay (hit with sword) the dragon without being burnt by fire. They are able to advance towards the dragon when the Dragon calls out, “Dragon” while turning its back to the knights. When the dragon wishes they may call “Fire!” and spin around to catch any knights unawares who have not frozen in place and brought up their shield.  Knights who get caught moving or with their shield down must return to the starting position. The game ends when a knight slays the dragon and becomes the dragon for the next round. We added a little pizzazz to the game by playing with a handful of fall leaves to represent the dragon’s fire. When I yelled, “Fire!” I threw leaves all over the knights. It was a blast! (pun intended)

Stay tuned for next week’s Dad Venture which will feature building creature masks for under 2 cents!

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