Cameroon Mud House


Imagine a community in Cameroon, along the west cost of Africa. The weather is hot and dry. Traditional homes are made of sun-dried mud bricks. Create a replica village!


1. Cameroon is very near the equator, so it is hot most of the time and receives very little rain. Find this country on a map of Africa. The people of Cameroon have traditionally built their houses with sun-dried mud bricks. Learn more about the sizes and shapes of these homes. How are the bricks made? Discover other information about Cameroon's culture and history, too.

2. Using Crayola® Model Magic®, build a replica of a mud house in Cameroon. To create brown mud colors, blend Model Magic with color from Crayola Washable Markers. Knead the modeling compound, adding more marker color, until you achieve the shade desired.

3. For the door, use black Model Magic or color white Model Magic with markers. Air dry overnight.

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.


  • For some students who have special needs, point out details in photographs of these mud houses and demonstrate how to mix marker colors into Model Magic.
  • Find more information about the interesting country of Cameroon. How do people dress? What are common foods?
  • Celebrate Cameroon Youth Day on February 11. Across the country all students march on this day, dressed in their distinctive school uniforms.
  • Find out about other types of houses built by people who live in warm climates such as Africa. How do the people in Egypt build their homes? What people use palm fronds or thatch for their roofs? Build several different types of houses using Model Magic.

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Model Magic®



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


  • Visual Arts
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies


  • Less than 1/2 hour


  • Students research Cameroon's climate, culture, and history.

  • Students identify where Cameroon is located and understand how its location and climate determine the type of homes that are built there.

  • Students construct a replica of a sun-dried brick mud house.


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