Dogsled Adventure


Research dog sledding and the Iditarod competition then build your own model dog sled team.


1. Choose a dogsledding subtopic to research with a partner, such as types of dogs used, how dogs and people train, weather conditions typical for the Iditarod, or provisions taken on a race. Share information with the rest of the class in a visual report.

2. Find pictures or samples of soapstone animals made by carvers in Canada and Alaska. Note their textures. Study pictures of dogs and sleds. Create a musher and sled dogs with Crayola® Model Magic. Dry 24 hours.

3. Use Crayola Multicultural Markers and Regular Markers to add details that make your dogsled team unique.

4. Make basket dogsleds with chenille sticks and Model Magic. Connect yarn ganglines with Crayola School Glue. Fill dogsleds with construction paper provisions.

5. Arrange dog sleds on a large table covered in white to simulate snow. Display visual reports. Dress in warm coats, gloves, and boots to answer visitors' questions.

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String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • After the class presentations, pairs write quiz show questions based on information shared. Hold a game show using student-written questions.
  • Kindle excitement about dog sledding by reading aloud a novel about a sled dog. Follow news stories about the Iditarod.
  • Children write a story or book about the musher, one of the dogs pulling their sled, or the whole team, depending on their writing skills.

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Multicultural Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • yarn
  • chenille sticks



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


  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children select topics about dogsledding, locate resources, and organize and present the main ideas gleaned from their research.

  • Students observe details of soapstone animal carvings made by peoples living in the far Northwest of North America.

  • Students build dogsled teams and equipment using art materials to show their understanding of the sport.


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