Flowers and Their Friends
Create flowers and their pollinating pals using Crayola® Model Magic.
1. Study flower and plant parts: roots, stem, leaf, seed, sepal, petal, stamen, and pistil. Learn what role each plays in the plant's life.
2. Find out how sight, smell, and shape affect which birds and insects pollinate different flowering plants.
Sight-Birds have great color vision, which is why hummingbirds prefer to visit red flowers and bird feeders. Bees are attracted to white and blue flowers. Many flowers have "targets" (honey guides that are often invisible to humans). Insects use these stripes, spots, or stars somewhat like markers on a runway to lead them straight to the pollen.
Smell-Birds have a poor sense of smell, so the flowers they visit often have no fragrance. Flowers that bees visit are often very fragrant.
Shape-Flower shapes determine what kind of bird or insect can pollinate them. For example, hummingbirds have long beaks and pollinate flowers with long necks. Other flowers with long throats, such as larkspur and columbine, attract moths and butterflies. Their long, coiled tongues (like party noisemakers) help them reach the nectar.
3. Use Crayola Model Magic to form a flowering plant (real or imagined) with all the main parts. Start with the largest shapes, then add details. Choose colored Model Magic, blend the colors, or create new hues by mixing white modeling compound with Crayola Washable Marker colors.
4. Create a bird or insect (real or imagined) that would be attracted to the type of flower that was sculpted.
5. When the Model Magic is dry, cover the work area with recycled newspaper. Paint and decorate both sculptures with Crayola Watercolors or Washable Paint and Brushes.
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.
Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.
- Visit an apiary. Find out how honey is collected and processed. Taste honey from various plant sources. Compare colors and aroma. Collect (or invent) recipes that use honey. How much honey does one bee make?
- Observe insects and birds as they are attracted to plants growing in the wild. Sketch the plants, their pollinators, and seeds. Make a class book to document the findings.
- Write and illustrate original, imaginative stories or poetry about a bird's or insect's search for a plant to pollinate.
- Younger children and special needs students may benefit from short practice sessions experimenting with modeling techniques before participating in this activity. Encourage children to sketch ideas before modeling to remind them to include the main flower parts.