Buddha Sculpture


Learn about Buddhism, a philosophy of life that emphasizes wisdom and kindness, which is followed by people around the world.


1. Gautama Buddha was born in 563 BC and lived in northern India. The name Buddha means enlightened one. Among the Buddha's basic teachings are the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. His birthday, the Day of Vesak, is a national holiday in parts of Asia.

2. Research more information about the Buddha, Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, and the spread of Buddhism across Asia and around the world. Buddhism adapted to cultures in Tibet, Japan, and Korea, as well as many other areas. Wisdom, kindness, and compassion are at the heart of Buddhism.

3. Find pictures of the Buddha as he is represented in historic and contemporary Thailand, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Singapore, and other Asian countries. From what are these sculptures made? How do they differ? In what ways are they similar?

4. Using Crayola® Model Magic, sculpt a Buddha that is similar to one you found in your research. Try to duplicate his posture, placement of hands and legs, clothing, and adornments in your sculpture. Dry.

5. Cover your art area with newspaper. With Crayola Watercolors and Watercolor Brushes, paint your Buddha figure in authentic colors. Dry.

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.


  • Include Buddha Sculptures in displays that provide a wider picture of the cultures in which they were developed.
  • Find information about the Emerald Buddha in the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. At each change of the season, the Emerald Buddha's gold robes are changed by the King of Thailand.
  • Interview people who are Buddhists to gain a better understanding of how Buddhist traditions such as meditation are practiced. Find information about the Dalai Lama, prayer wheels, and other traditions.

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crayola supplies
  • Washable Watercolors
  • Watercolor Brushes with Plastic Handle
  • Model Magic®
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • paper towels
  • container(s) of water



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research Gautama Buddha's life and his philosophy that includes the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.

  • Students gather information about cultures in which Buddhism is widespread, including Japan, Korea, and Tibet.

  • Students find pictures of various portrayals of the Buddha and sculpt a similar representation of his figure.


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