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This all started because I had a student who wanted a Princess Crown...
With just paper, glue and colors your whole class can get decked out with crowns and royal trappings! Read some Shakespeare, talk about Anne Boleyn's extra finger and have some hands-on fun to support your history lessons. If you look at portraits of Henry the VIII, Elizabeth I and the English Crown Jewels you might even find the pieces I was drawing from!
I tried to make these nice enough to be an emergency Halloween costume for those students who don't have the ability to get a costume. When I taught elementary it hurt to see some of my poorest students arrive with no costume and get left out of all that excitement and hubbub. I hate that kind of inequality.
In fifth grade my dad had a heart attack and my mom was at the hospital a lot. I needed a costume for school but there was no way I was dropping that on her, so I did my best and made my own. It was terrible and the kids were merciless--and I guess it made an impression because that was in 1974 and I still make sure to have something ready for my students who are in need.
The kit includes: Two large crowns and a smaller princess crown in three versions, a sheet of gems to cut out and use like clip art, two Tudor-style necklaces, one with a Tudor Rose, Three sizes of a gem-encrusted frame, bracelets, name badge (so everyone can wear a tag with their Tudor Names and Titles. "Hello Lady Smith!"), Royal Scepter, Henry the Vlll's necklace and more!
I'm not a graphic artist, but I enjoy taking curriculum subjects and boiling them down into hands-on projects that any student can enjoy be they special needs or especially brilliant.