When Cartoon Network asked me to share their new series, My Night And Me, with you I was really excited because we’re always looking for new shows to watch, especially as spring and summer breaks near. I know the kids will be begging for screen time. I know so many of us are trying to find shows that bridge the age gap between our youngest and oldest children and it looks like we’re in luck, so a huge thank you to TeamTO for sponsoring this post and fun DIY!
My Knight and Me is an adventure packed series for kids ages 6-10 airing weekdays at noon on Cartoon Network that puts a fun, modern spin on classic medieval characters. You’ll meet Jimmy the squire – who prefers brains over brawn when it comes to getting out of a sticky situation – and his Dad, Henri of Orange, a somewhat goofy but truly loyal and honest knight. They are often joined on their adventures by Princess Cat, who is bold and brave and dreams someday of being a knight as well. The three find themselves defending the kingdom from all sorts of troublemakers, like sneaky witches or giant cyclops. They use quick thinking and teamwork to return home victorious.
My kids love the constant jokes that keep them laughing, and I love that My Knight And Me shows them the importance of teamwork, of using strategy to solve problems and models strong family ties (Jimmy’s Dad is always proud of him, and the two have a close relationship). I also love Princess Cat, a princess who loves adventure and spends more time rescuing others than being rescued herself.
After watching Jimmy, Henri and Cat defend their kingdom my guys felt we needed some knightly protection in our own backyard. Since dress up is a favorite game here we decided to make our very own knight’s costumes. They were really simple to make (if you do crafts now and then you probably have everything you need at home!) and a whole lot of fun. We made a knight’s cape, shield and sword. Check out the DIY instructions below, then tune (or set your DVR) for weekdays at noon on Cartoon Network to catch My Knight And Me!
DIY Knight’s Cape
What you need:
Felt in various colors
Hot Glue Gun
Cookie Cutters (optional)
Take a large piece of felt and cut it into the shape of a cape, with an area to be fastened around your child’s neck with velcro. I found it was helpful to have the kids nearby to try on the cape and make adjustments as I went. When you are finished the cape should look like this:
Next you’ll cut decorations out of felt to be glued to the cape. My son is really into space right now, so we decided on a giant sun and some stars and a moon to decorate his. A handy trick is to grab some cookie cutters and trace the shapes onto the felt before cutting them out.
Once you have your shapes cut out lay them on the cape to create the pattern you want. Then begin hot glueing them to the cape. You’ll also glue velcro to the front closure of the cape. You can use a white glue like tacky glue or felt glue if the kids are helping with this part, but I chose hot glue because it dries instantly and the kids were anxious to put their costumes on.
Once the glue is dry the cape is ready to be worn by only the most dashing of knights!
DIY Knight’s Shield and Sword:
What You’ll Need:
14 inch Cardboard Cake Circles ( You can find these at any craft store in the cake baking section)
Hot glue gun
Stickers/Buttons/Foam shapes/Pom Poms for decoration
Take a cake circle and cover it in aluminum foil. This will make a nice, shiny shield. To allow the foil to cover the cardboard smoothly, take a scissor and make cuts around the foil about one inch apart. Then go around the back of the circle with elmer’s glue and fold the foil over.
Attach a strip of felt to the back with hot glue. This is where your child will slide their arm through to hold the shield.
Flip the shield over and let the kids go to town decorating it on their own. You can use paint to make a family crest, or do as my kids did and just load it up with colorful decorations!
We chose to make a very simple sword by just cutting the end of a wrapping paper tube to make a point, and wrapping some construction paper around the bottom to make a handle!
We were outside defending the backyard from dragons and trolls in no time!
When you’re done playing break out some Knightly snacks and have a medieval viewing party!