Go for Gold Memories: Olympic Hand Print Craft

olympic hand print medal craft

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The Olympic spirit is starting to build here. This week we hung up our World Flags and begun discussing the different sports that are going to be happening for the 2014 Sochi Winter Game Olympics. As we discussed the sports one thing Livia wanted to know was what do people win? This last week she had participated in the school science fair and had brought home a third place ribbon so she is all about trophies and rewards right now. At the end of our discussion Livia wanted to make some medals and hold her own games. This Olympic hand print medal craft was the result of handing her the craft box and letting her create.

olympic hand print medal craft

To make this craft we used our Homemade Modeling Clay Recipe, Martha Stewart Glitter Paints, acrylic paint, ribbon, and paintbrushes. It will take a couple hours for the clay to dry enough to be painted so this is a great craft to start before nap time and finish afterwards.

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Olympic hand print medal craft
Collect your supplies
Olympic hand print medal craft
Roll the clay into a ball and press it flat. Add the ribbon in a V shape on the top of the circle.
Olympic hand print medal craft
Gently push the clay over the ribbon until it is firmly covered.
Olympic hand print medal craft
Press hand prints into the medals and leave to dry for 1-2 hours

After they dry, paint, and viola! you have your own hand print medals that will preserve memories your family creates as they celebrate the Sochi Olympics. My kids have loved incorporating this into various pretend play scenarios and the clay has held up pretty well. The medals do come out a tad heavy, so if you have a kid that likes to throw things something like this might be better for the memory box…

Olympic Hand Print Medal Craft:

Olympic Medals

A fun way to incorporate pretend play while preserving memories!
Total Time 3 hours
Author Parenting Chaos

Ingredients

  • Modeling Clay
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Glitter Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions

  1. Roll the clay into a ball and flatten
  2. Add the ribbon attaching each end into the clay in a V shape
  3. Press the clay over the ribbon sealing it in
  4. Imprint the clay with child's hand print
  5. Allow clay to dry for 1-2 hours
  6. Once semi-dry let kids paint the Olympic Medal as they desire
  7. Add to play props!

Recipe Notes

Craft items provided by Oriental Trading:

Adapted from Oriental Trading

A Book for the Olympic Medal Craft:

G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet (Sports Alphabet):

Olympic hand print medal craft, G is for gold Alphabet Book

This is a great book for discussing the history of the Olympics. It is an in depth read for young kids. We have been reading and discussing a page (not in order) of this book every day and both of my kids have been having fun with it. 

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