How to Make a Medal
Who needs Vancouver? Transform your child into an Olympic champion without the hassle of going to Canada. She'll come out of this fun Olympic medal-making project with a 1st place medal of her own. There's even a bonus: the required cutting, gluing, and assembly will give her fine motor skills a work-out. Try incorporating this activity into a themed Olympics get-together for an award-winning party favor!
What You Need:
- Old cereal box
- Gold paint
- Paint brush or sponge
- Black permanent marker
- Red or blue ribbon (approximately 1-inch thick)
What You Do:
- Have your child trace and cut two small circles from an old cereal box that have a diameter of approximately 3 inches. Tracing around a small cup or jar works well.
- Once she has cut out the two cardboard circles, have her turn them so that the non-printed side is facing up. She can then use a sponge or paint brush to cover the cardboard with gold paint.
- While the paint is drying, have her prepare the ribbon that will hang around her neck. Help her measure a length of ribbon that is approximately 2 to 3 feet long, and have her cut it out.
- Once the paint is dry, encourage her to embellish the painted side of one of the circles. Using permanent marker, she can write "1st Place," "Olympic Champion," "Winter Olympics 2010," or any other desired phrase.
- Ask her to fold the ribbon at its middle so that it's formed into a large "V" shape, with the ribbon overlapping at the center.
- Place a dab of craft glue on the center of the non-painted sides of each cardboard circle. Have her press the overlapping section of the ribbon onto the glued portion of one cardboard circle.
- Invite her to then press the other non-painted glued circle onto the other side, so that the ribbon is sandwiched between to the two glued sides of the cardboard circles.
- Have her also dab some glue onto the ends of the ribbon to attach them to each other.
The medal is done, and ready to be worn by your Olympic champion!