Build the Great Wall


Imagine building a replica of the Great Wall of China! Start with one section and add to it all year as you learn more about this immense country.


1. The Great Wall of China is one of the most remarkable structures ever built. It runs from East to West across the country for 4,163 miles (6,700 km). The Great Wall was built by thousands of people in many small, unconnected sections for protection against invaders. The walls were joined after the unification of China, under the Qin Dynasty Emperor Qin Shihuang. The Great Wall of China is now a favorite tourist attraction. Find out more about how it was built and what it looks like. Prepare to build the Great Wall with a team of classmates!

2. To make a model of a section of the Great Wall, use Crayola Twistables® to decorate construction paper to look like rocks. You could even do crayon rubbings for a textured effect.

3. Cut the rock paper to fit empty tissue boxes with Crayola Scissors. Glue it to the boxes with Crayola School Glue. Place the boxes in a meandering line. Join sections with rock-decorated paper.

4. People can walk on the fortified walkway on top of the Great Wall, where they can see miles of the countryside. Cover your boxes with paper decorated with Crayola Twistables® to resemble this path.

5. With Crayola Model Magic, create stone borders for both sides of the walkway. Air-dry the borders overnight. Glue them in place. Air-dry the glue.

6. Use Neon Model Magic to create a dramatic landscape. To create large mountains, for example, begin with an armature of aluminum foil to provide a firm, lightweight foundation. Build your mountain on top of it. Arrange the landscape and glue pieces in place. Air-dry the glue.

7. Imagine how it might feel to be walking the Great Wall! Share your excitement with other students.

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.

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.


  • Research the Qin Dynasty, and the invasion of the Huns, which precipitated the unification of the wall.
  • Explore the history and cultural connections of the diverse people who helped to build the wall.
  • Exhibit the Wall in a spacious area where new sections can be added. Include a map of China with the Wall’s location clearly marked. If possible, find someone in your community who has visited the Great Wall to talk with your class about the experience.
  • Assessment: Key points about China’s history and cultural connections may be assessed through formative assessments (in-process critiques and discussion as the students work on their structures).

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crayola supplies
  • Model Magic®
  • Twistables®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Neon Colors
household supplies
  • recycled tissue box
  • aluminum foil (optional)



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students research the history of the Great Wall of China.

  • Students study the topography of the Chinese landscape.

  • Students construct a 3-D replica of a section of the Great Wall and surrounding countryside.


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