My husband and I usually aren’t very into the Olympics. But for some reason this year, I’ve really been looking forward to it despite the fact that there seem to be problems around every turn in Brazil.
I thought it would be fun to watch the games with my daughter and help her understand what it’s all about. Tonight we watched the opening ceremony, talked about the athletes from all around the world and how they would compete in sports games and races to win medals for their country.
Oddly enough, she didn’t have a lot of questions. I find that when I present her with a new, big concept she likes to digest it before she has questions for me or will randomly bring it up in conversation a week later. Or maybe she wasn’t listening to me at all. Only time will tell.
However, to get her excited we made our very own Olympic medals during the day that she was really eager to play with and wear. As soon as they were dry she gathered them all up and took them to the playroom. They are now donning the necks of a few dolls and stuffed animals.
Check out our easy recipe below to make your kids their very own Olympic medals. You probably have everything you need in your kitchen right now.
Because this craft involves use of the oven, your kids can help with some parts but depending on their age you may want to steer them clear of the cooking.
Make Your Own Olympic Medals
Ingredients for Salt Dough
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 cup of salt
- 1.5 – 2 cups of water
- 1 drinking glass
- Wax paper
- Rolling pin
- Baking sheet
- Tooth pick
- Marker cap
- Spray paint – gold, silver and bronze. Just one color will work fine.
1. Preheat your over to 200 degrees.
2. Mix the flour and salt together until they are well blended.
3. Add 1.5 cups of water and determine if you need the other half cup. I felt like I did but it made the whole mixture very sticky.
4. Roll the dough out on the wax paper until you get it about ¼ to ½ inch thick. If it is sticking to the rolling pin, add some additional flour to your rolling pin and on top of the rolled out dough. My daughter loved helping with this part.
5. Using the open side of your drinking glass, stamp out your circles in the dough. This recipe will make about 15 to 20 necklaces. If you don’t want to use it all on Olympic medals think about making Christmas ornaments for grandparents and other people in your child’s life.
6. Move the circles over to the baking sheet and decorate them. If they get a little warped in the move you can reshape them with your fingers.
We tried to replicate some pieces of the Brazil medals this year, which include laurel leaves, the Brazil 2016 Olympic logo and the image of the Greek goddess Nike (whom I’ve never heard of but all of a sudden the brand name makes a lot more sense).
7. Don’t FORGET to make holes for your ribbon at the top.
8. Put the medals in the over for up to 2 hours. Check them after an hour and after an hour and a half since oven cooking times vary. Don’t try to do it faster baking at higher temperatures. I did because I’m impatient and as you can see, my medals started to rise.
9. Once they are cooked and cooled, take them to a well-ventilated place to spray them the gold, silver and bronze colors. Let them dry for at least a half hour.
10. At this point you can either flip them over and spray paint the back side, or thread your ribbon through the holes and wear them. We decided to wear them without finishing the back because my daughter was so excited.
Oh and if you have pets, please keep these medals away from them. Since they are essentially a baked good, my dog thought they smelled tasty. Spray paint would obviously not be good for them.
How are you celebrating the Olympics at home this year? Are you or have you done anything special to help your kids understand the games?
Also, check out one of our favorite craft activities here and help kids to envision their own worlds.