Medal of Honor


Recognize the accomplishments of friends, family members, or people in your community.


1. List ways in which human accomplishments are honored, such as a Pulitzer Prize, Purple Heart, or Olympic Medal, or in the community. Think of people in families, at school, or the community who are brave, volunteer, or do other considerate deeds.

2. Choose one person to honor with a medal. Think of a way to represent accomplishments with a simple design.

3. Fashion a medal base of Crayola® Model Magic® about 1/4-inch (8 mm) thick. Embed a paper clip into the side of the medal, leaving one end protruding.

4. Experiment with ways to mix Model Magic colors.

  • Blend white and colored compound to create tints, or mix colors and black to make shades.
  • Blend two primary colors (red, yellow, blue) together to produce a secondary hue (orange, green, violet).
  • Create a marble effect by incompletely blending different colors.
  • For multi-colored layers, flatten two or more pieces by hand or with a rolling pin or dowel stick. Stack the pieces flat on top of each other and roll tightly like a cinnamon roll. Cut segments with Crayola Scissors. Connect pieces to make forms.

    5. With fingers or simple modeling tools, such as plastic dinnerware or straws, design the medal. Make textured surfaces by pressing objects into slightly stiffened compound.

    6. Add other craft items, perhaps beads or feathers, to enhance the medal's meaning and appearance.

    7. Run a 30-inch (70 cm) ribbon through the paperclip. Hang the medal around the honoree's neck, perhaps at a special Honors Day.

    Safety Guidelines

    Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

    Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

    • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
    • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
    • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
    • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
    • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
    • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
    • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

    Modeling Tools—Use the least dangerous point or edge sufficient to do the job. For example, craft sticks, plastic knives and forks, and cookie cutters can cut or carve modeling materials.

    Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

    String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


    • Design a paper certificate-with words and symbols-to give to the honoree along with the medal. Create a border for the certificate that highlights the message.
    • Research, write, and present oral histories about the award recipients. Design posters, videos, and other ways to visually present the person's accomplishments.
    • Talk with the children's librarian about awards for children's books, including the Caldecott and Newbery Medals. Read these books to see why they were chosen for awards. Create similar awards within the classroom. Write to the award-winning author and illustrator.
    • Younger children and special needs students may benefit from short practice sessions experimenting with modeling techniques before participating in this activity.

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    crayola supplies
    • Model Magic®
    • Blunt-Tip Scissors
    household supplies
    • paper clips
    • ribbon
    • modeling tools



    • Pre-K and Kindergarten
    • Grades 1 to 3
    • Grades 4 to 6
    • Special Needs


    • Language Arts
    • Social Studies
    • Visual Arts


    • 30 to 60 minutes
    • Multiple Sessions


    • Children identify worthwhile accomplishments of people in their homes, school, and community.

    • Students honor one person's achievements by designing a symbolic medal.


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