Adventure to Alaska


What would it be like to take a trip to Alaska in the coldest, darkest months? Use your imagination and research skills to create a virtual tour of the "Land of the Midnight Sun."


1. Alaska is the largest state in the United States, about 2.3 times the size of Texas and about one-fifth the size of all of the contiguous 48 states. As the northernmost state, Alaska boasts great views of the Northern Lights, more active glaciers than the rest of the inhabited world, 29 volcanoes, 33,000 miles of coastline, and Mount Denali, the tallest mountain in North America.

2. Gather more information about Alaska to help you plan an imaginary expedition there. Obtain travel information and maps. Choose your mode of transportation—by rail, river, sea, land, or even dogsled. Decide where you want to go, what you want to do, who you will meet, and what you want to see! Use your imagination to design 2-D and 3-D items to represent your chosen Alaska attractions. These are just a few ideas to get you started.

3. To create a sounding whale or a glacier, for example, use Crayola Air-Dry Clay to sculpt them. A paper plate is a convenient, clean, and dry work surface. Use craft sticks and other modeling tools to make realistic replicas. Air-dry the sculptures for at least 3 days.

4. Mount the whale tail on folded, recycled cardboard with Crayola School Glue. Sketch the rest of the submerged whale on the horizontal section of cardboard with a Crayola Erasable Colored Pencil. Just erase until you’re satisfied with the drawing.

5. Cover your art area with newspaper. Paint the entire whale, including its 3-D tail, with Crayola Premier™ Tempera. Paint the sea and glacier backdrop. Add light-reflective details to the wet or dry paint by brushing and dabbing areas with Crayola Pearl It! and Glitter It! Tempera Mixing Mediums. Air-dry the paint.

6. Present details of your Adventure to Alaska to classmates, other students, or families at an open house.

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.

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


  • Focus on Alaska’s diverse wildlife by creating a virtual Arctic animal preserve. Locate the geographic region of arctic Alaska. Research animals native to that area. Create displays demonstrating how each animal’s body features enable it to survive the cold, dark Alaskan winter.
  • Explore Alaska’s indigenous and immigrant cultures. Obtain artifacts such as masks, carvings, and replicas of totems. Learn about the long history of Alaska’s native peoples.
  • Invite each classmate to submit one clue for an Alaska scavenger hunt. Each clue should lead you to a specific display to find information that answers the clue. Compile all of the clues for a class-wide activity to explore everyone else’s presentations.
  • Assessment: Before starting this activity, create a rubric of what an excellent, good, acceptable, and unacceptable Adventure to Alaska display would look like. Work together with students to identify which components must appear in every display. Brainstorm ideas that can turn an acceptable display into an excellent one. Use the rubric to assess each child’s work. Informal interviews to gain insight into student learning.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brush
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Premier™ Tempera Paint
  • Air-Dry Clay
  • Tempera Mixing Mediums
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • Party Express paper plates
  • craft sticks
  • paper towels
  • cardboard
  • container(s) of water



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research the U.S. state of Alaska and plan a virtual tour of the state’s science and social studies features.

  • Children develop fine-motor skills and art techniques working with clay and paint.

  • Students sculpt and paint a replica of a whale, glacier, or other highlights of Alaska using modeling techniques and problem-solving skills.


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