Captivating Characters


Read and respond to the fantasy literature, comparing and contrasting characters by building your own 3-dimensional models.


1. Identify the characteristics of fantasy literature. Read a variety of fantasy books. Share your responses in book groups and informal discussions.

2. Reread texts to find quotes from favorite characters. Record quotes that exemplify characters from a variety of books.

3. Create 3-dimensional Crayola® Model Magic models of your favorite characters, drawing from several pieces of fantasy literature or from one book or author. Use author descriptions to trigger your own imagined concept of each character. Shape Model Magic with simple tools, such as plastic forks, toothpicks, and Crayola Scissors.

4. Build arms and other features by pressing Model Magic around drinking straws cut to size. Add fine details after major construction is completed.

5. Texturize slightly stiffened Model Magic with tools such as combs or sandpaper. Dry.

6. Use Crayola Washable Watercolors and Watercolor Brushes to add color. Dry.

7. Share figures while engaging in comparison/contrast character discussions. Reenact portions of the story to reveal character traits. Use quotes and author descriptions to support your ideas.

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.

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.

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.

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


  • Use characters to act out new fantasy scenes in the style of a particular author. Write the scene, including characterization, setting, plot, theme, point of view, tone, and style similar to that of a favorite author.
  • Create sets in which to reenact your fantasy scenes. Use shoe boxes, blocks, recycled wood, or other materials to create a diorama representing the story setting.
  • Make fantasy literature trivia board games using the modeled figures as game pieces and to accentuate the game board. Compose questions about books, authors, literary elements, and characters on cards. Design the game on poster board using Crayola Markers. Incorporate a spinner or make your own dice from folded paper or Model Magic.

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crayola supplies
  • Washable Watercolors
  • Watercolor Brushes with Plastic Handle
  • Model Magic®
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • toothpicks - wooden
  • comb
  • paper towels
  • sandpaper
  • container(s) of water
  • plastic drinking straws
  • plastic dinnerware



  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students read and respond to the literary genre of fantasy, selecting books suitable for their reading level and maturity.

  • Students create 3-dimensional models of their favorite characters.

  • Students use their models to reenact stories and to compare and contrast characterization.


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