Inspired and adapted from the Enfants d’Aujourdhui “Blazon Workshop” by Anne Bordage and Michèle Bannay http://www.enfantsdaujourdhui.fr/2012/05/10/le-blason/
“My Blazon” - Activity Sample
It can be anything (see images below) that symbolizes a blazon/crest/coat of arms. The child should ideally be able to hang it on the wall or on a stand.
The child draws a large format blazon/crest with an emblem banner above, which will leave the space for his/her motto, then he/she divides the bottom of the blazon into 2 pieces by drawing a dividing line.
On the bottom left, he/she will draw or write what is important in his/her relationship to others (his/her family and friends, those who are important for him/her and who care for him/her), in what they do together, share, think. On the bottom right, he/she will write or draw what is important for him/her as a person.
Above, the student will write his/her motto. To identify her/his motto, we can help her/him brainstorm words and ideas that are meaningful for him/her, as well as qualities that they like about themselves or others.
The blazon/coat of arms is a systematic tool that invites the children to track the essential values in life, at home, in school, in class, for oneself and with others.
At the end of this activity, each student will have a personal piece that appeals to the essential and deep relationships in each one of us; a meaningful piece of art that empowers the child.