Nobel Prize Medallion


Nobel Prizes are awarded to people who do extraordinary things. Who would you select to win?


1. People from many fields all around the world are honored annually with Nobel Prizes. Along with the honor comes a large cash award to encourage winners to continue their fields of study. Achievements in physics, chemistry, literature, and peace are recognized. Find out about previous winners and research some deserving future candidates.

2. The Nobel Prize is represented with a large golden medallion embossed with a silhouette of its founder, Alfred Nobel. This type of sculpture is called bas-relief. The first award was given in 1901. Here is one way to make a replica medallion.

3. Form an orange-sized ball of Crayola® Air-Dry Clay. On a clean, dry surface, flatten it with your fingers or a rolling pin until it is about one-half inch thick. Cut out a circle with a plastic cup or craft stick.

4. Shape Nobel’s face by pinching the clay with your fingers. Look at a classmate for inspiration. Notice different indentations for chin, mouth, eyes, and forehead. Use a craft stick or your fingers.

5. The clay’s fine texture enables you to add many details to your medal. For example, roll a tiny clay ball to make an eye. Use a Crayola Colored Pencil point to make the pupil. Roll thin strips to create hair. Flatten a tiny piece of clay between your fingers to make an ear. Attach loose pieces by scoring (making lines on) the backs of both pieces of clay with a toothpick and dampen with your finger before pressing them together.

6. If at any time you want to improve your bas-relief by starting over, just flatten the clay. It’s easy to make changes with Air-Dry Clay! When you are finished sculpting, smooth your medal with a few drops of water and your finger. Air-dry your medal for at least 48 hours.

7. Cover your art area with newspaper. Paint your medal with gold Crayola Premier Tempera Paint and a Paint Brush. Air-dry the paint.

8. Attach a ribbon to the back of the medal with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue before awarding your Nobel Prize selection. Describe to your class why you chose this person.

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.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

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.

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.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • Write a report about a person who received the Nobel Prize. Present it orally and dress up as the famous person.
  • Find out why the Nobel Prize was established and how it is funded.
  • Create your own classroom award process. Identify the criteria for selection (perhaps spelling, music, or kindness), the type of award (medal, certificate), application process, judges, how the award will be presented, and other details.
  • Assessment: Ask students to identify one or more Noble Prize winners and write about their effect on global society. For example, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was recognized for nonviolent protests that furthered the civil rights movement in the United States.

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

Share on Facebook


crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Colored Pencils
  • Premier™ Tempera Paint
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Air-Dry Clay
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • toothpicks - wooden
  • rolling pin
  • craft sticks
  • paper towels
  • water
  • ribbon
  • container(s) of water
  • plastic cup



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students identify the accomplishments of many famous people who won the Nobel Prize, including Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and T.S. Elliot.

  • Students research outstanding individuals today who might qualify for a Nobel Prize in the future.

  • Students craft a replica Nobel Prize medal and orally present information about the person to whom they have chosen as deserving of the award.


Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards