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Get  in the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games spirit with this fun craft: personalized medals. Get your parents or an adult to help you gather up the supplies and put together these gold, silver, and bronze medals that you can use to cheer along with our athletes.

What you need

  • any kind of round plastic lid (yogurt, margarine, sour cream, etc.) or paper circle
  • paint brush
  • acrylic paint in gold, silver and bronze (or yellow, grey and orange)
  • glitter glue
  • tape (preferably duct or something nice and sticky)
  • hair dryer (to speed up drying process--optional)

supplies for medals craft


1. Your parent/adult should set up an area they don't mind messing up for this craft. Lay out your lid with the flattest surface facing up. Paint your medal to your liking. This may take a couple of layers.
Your parent/adult can use a hairdryer to speed up drying process for you. A solid base will show off your glitter design the best but use your imagination!

step 1 - paint the base

2. Once the paint dries, it's time to add the glitter. This is a great opportunity to practice your letters, numbers or shapes and even colours. Is it your name you want to see sparkling? Is it a first place gold, a second place silver or a third bronze? Make sure they are in order: blue, black and red on top and yellow and green on the bottom.

step 2 - add glitter

3. To hang your medal, drape the string or ribbon around your neck, measuring the length before cutting. Make sure it is long enough for your medal to be pulled over your head (around the center of your chest). Flip the lid over to the unfinished side and tape both ends securely.

step 3 - add tape

4. After all of that hard work it's time to show off your creation. Stand tall and wear your medal with pride!

This craft was designed by Kathy Shultz, the award-winning filmmaker of the animated film "A Sea Turtle Story" from the National Film Board of Canada and a contributor to CBC Parents.