Homemade Shield for Kids


One week for Family Home Evening, we had a lesson on David and Goliath. My children were *ahem* a little bit rowdy that day, so I took precautions to make sure FHE was a success …and that included a shield and giant marshmallows.

Let me explain.

Here’s what you need:

  • Half of a cardboard box (ours is from buying applesauce in bulk at Costco)
  • Scissors
  • Duct tape
  • Painter’s tape
  • Giant marshmallows (you know, the kind that make TERRIBLE s’mores)


First, I “unstuck” the sides of the box so that I could cut it more easily. Then, I freehand cut the bottom of the box to create the bottom shape of the shield. (Save one of the pieces from the side of the box to make the handle.)

Secondly, I “refolded” up the sides of the box and taped the whole thing up with this metallic duct tape.

Thirdly, I used the piece of the side of the box that I had cut off to make the handle on the back of the shield.

Lastly, I used painter’s tape to put an R design (you’re shocked, I know) on the shield.


So what about the marshmallows?

During the actual lesson part of FHE, we talked about how much bigger Goliath was than David. We talked about how he killed Goliath with a stone.  (We talked about faith and courage too.) That said, we armed Mr. R as Goliath with the sword and shield that Tyson is modeling above and then the boys and I tried to slay him by throwing marshmallows at him. He would try to block them with the shield, but when he hit him with one, he fell down with dramatic flair. I was so proud.

Super fun. And fast. The perfect FHE for rambunctious children of all ages.



  1. Jen M says

    I am totally going to do this one with my 4 y/o. He would LOVE it for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Shian says

    Lol. I used to do that exact family night – marshmallows and all- with my son, Gavin. He had the scripture story memorized and would correct us if we didn’t say it exactly right. He’s ten now and still wants to do David and Goliath every time it’s his turn for the FHE lesson.