I have a penchant for history, especially of the medieval period. I’m sure that my idea of the Middle Ages is pretty romanticized, but I can’t help thrilling to words like dovecote, kirtle and merlon. If you share my predilection, here are free printable coloring pages from the medieval period.
Social studies and history teachers might use these images in lessons on the period. Students might be assigned to create a notebook of data, images, maps, timelines, diagrams and pictorial artifacts from the period.
Edupics is always my first stop for realistic and historical coloring pages. The link takes you to over 50 free printable pictures of medieval people, places and things. There are several pages of type script from different centuries and regions. I like this late 15th century alphabet.
Edupics shows images medieval boats such as a caravel and conveyances like a coach and four. There are detailed images of armor and weapons including the battle axe, crossbow and long bow. Edupics has a separate section with 44 images of knights. There’s another section devoted to printable models of castles from the middle ages.
You can print images made from paintings or bas-relief sculptures of the period. There are coloring pages of the some of the trade guilds and occupations of the period. There are several pictures of medieval homes and buildings. Edupics has a section on life in the middle ages with printable coloring pages and companion vocabulary.
You can color images of medieval clothing and implements, too. There are printable coloring pages of various design elements from coats of arms and family crests. Dragons and lions were popular symbols in medieval times. You’ll find coloring pages of mythological creatures: unicorns, gnomes and trolls.
In Yorkshire, there exists a fully-preserved, functioning 900-year-old castle. Here’s a collection of coloring pages based on Skipton Castle. There are images from different rooms in the castle as well as those showing various tasks and activities. There are free printable cut-and-paste scale models of the castle and gatehouse.
Students can also explore the parts of the castle and create their own 3D scale model castle from a project at Scribd. Here’s a paper model from the Bavarian Schloss Neuschwanst ein in Germany. These models were designed by the administrator of Storm the Castle. He’s created models of other medieval contraptions, such as the catapult.
I suggest that teachers and homeschoolers use these coloring pages and activities in a larger Middle Ages unit. Students will love the medieval immersion and come away with the passion for history.