Diversity Tiles

Why

Every family values its cultural traditions. Highlight classroom diversity with this colorful classroom quilt.


Steps

1. Get to know each other. Learn about your classmates’ heritages. Invite family members to share experiences and talents. Discuss traditions that you enjoy with your families (flying kites, cooking, decorating for holidays). These Diversity Tiles are a great way for everyone to play a role in designing a classroom quilt!


2. Make a tile. On a clean, dry surface, roll a ball of Crayola Model Magic®. Press it flat with your fingers. Measure a 4-inch (10 cm) square (or any size that everyone uses). Cut out the square with a craft stick to make the base for your tile.


3. Decorate your tile with reminders of your favorite family traditions. Roll and shape each tiny piece. Press the symbols on your tile. (Model Magic fresh from the pack sticks to itself!) Air-dry the tiles for 24 hours.


4. Create a quilt. Arrange everyone’s tiles in a pleasing quilt design that honors diversity. For a permanent display, attach them to a large base of Model Magic or heavy cardboard with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue before standing upright.


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.

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

Adaptations

  • Work with your families to make Diversity Tiles, or even entire quilts to show family diversity.
  • Urge children to select authentic attributes that uniquely describe themselves or their families, rather than stereotypical symbols.
  • More advanced students might use this method to explore various aspects of an assigned culture or continent that they are researching.
  • Assessment: Consider the accuracy of the information displayed in the individual tiles and the creativity shown in the symbols.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
household supplies
  • craft sticks
  • cardboard (optional)
  • measuring tool

Overview

grades

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

subjects

  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes

benefits

  • Students recognize the variety of cultures and traditions represented within their classroom.

  • Students recognize similarities and uniquenesses about their own and the cultures of their friends.

  • Students celebrate their cultures in a quilt to demonstrate classroom unity.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards