Egyptian Tomb Diorama


Explore the treasures of ancient Egyptian tombs! Recreate a wondrous tomb full of detail in this Model Magic® diorama.


1. Ancient Egyptian tombs are full of wonder and treasures! The treasures left behind in these tombs were intended to supply the buried spirit with everything it would need in the afterlife. These items have been very important in helping us discover what life was like for ancient Egyptians.

2. Look at pictures of uncovered tombs with your class. What items have been found buried in these tombs? What could this object have been used for? What else do you see in the tombs? Sculptures? Wall paintings? Each object has important significance and was buried for a purpose. Do research to find out why these works of art were included.

3. Use the information you find to design a diorama of an ancient Egyptian tomb! Start by finding a small, recycled box, like a tissue box, in which to build your diorama. Fill the diorama with treasures molded out of Crayola Model Magic®! Model Magic that is fresh from the pack will stick to itself. Dried pieces can be glued together.

4. Use Crayola Classic Markers to add details to the walls of the tomb and the Model Magic pieces. You can also use items in the classroom, like paperclips and marker caps, to mold the Model Magic with exquisite details! Remember to decorate the outside of the diorama as well!

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.

Recycled Containers—Must be clean and safe. Do not use containers that contained bleach or other harmful chemicals (for example, household cleaners, dishwasher or laundry detergents). Do not use recycled metal cans that have sharp edges (for example, lids removed by household can openers).

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.


  • The treasures found in Egyptian tombs fascinate historians and researchers, and so there are many documentaries available on the topic. Include a short documentary as part of the lesson to excite students’ interests and provide useful information! If a local museum is featuring an Egyptian tomb exhibition, schedule a visit with the class.
  • Update your diorama! Tombs were filled with everyday items that were of importance to the person buried there. Transform your diorama to reflect modern life. What items will you put in the tomb? What are some treasures you can’t live without?
  • Set up a classroom gallery! Display each student’s diorama around the room, and take a gallery tour, exploring the treasures in each tomb. What items do you see as you travel from tomb to tomb?

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Lesson Plans

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crayola supplies
  • Classic Markers
  • Model Magic®
household supplies
  • modeling tools
  • recycled tissue box



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


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students explore the treasures buried in ancient Egyptian tombs and gain an understanding of everyday life at that time.

  • Students gather information on the meaning of wall paintings and sculptures found inside Egyptian tombs.

  • Students use the information they gather to construct a diorama of an ancient Egyptian tomb, creating mixed media details.


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