Geometry in a Box


Build, sort, and classify geometric solids, then store them in a box designed with information about the figures you've made.


1. Identify and review familiar 3-dimensional geometric shapes and their mathematical names. Create an attribute grid listing the name of each figure, the number of sides, edges, vertices, and any other identifying characteristics.

2. Use Crayola® Model Magic® to build a small, accurate set of each of these space figures. Dry for 24 to 36 hours, turning pieces occasionally to expose all sides to air.

3. Write your initials on each dry shape with Crayola Fine Line Markers.

4. Find a recycled box with a lid to hold your geometric figures. Trace all sides of the box on construction paper. Cut out each piece with Crayola Scissors.

5. Draw and label all of your solid geometric figures on the papers with Crayola Metallic Colored Pencils. Attach these papers to cover all sides of the box using Crayola Washable Glue Sticks. Cover the top of the box with a paper with your name on it.

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.

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.


  • Work in groups to sort space figures. Mix all of your solids, then classify them according to a variety of categories, including number of sides, shapes that roll, and similar sizes. Record your classifications in a diagram drawn with metallic colored pencils. Measure and record the circumference, length of sides, weight, and other attributes of each figure. Use both inches and metric measurements. Calculate the volume of each solid.
  • Younger students compare two space figures from their collections. Fold a piece of white paper in half. On the left side, use metallic colored pencils to list and illustrate things that are the same about the two figures. On the right side, list and illustrate things that are different. Fold the paper so it is closed and draw the two shapes on the front.
  • Shape one piece of wet Model Magic into several different shapes, observing how the same quantity of modeling dough looks when it is used to represent various types of solids.

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crayola supplies
  • Fine Line Markers
  • Metallic Colored Pencils
  • Model Magic®
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled boxes



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


  • Math
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students identify, describe, build, draw, compare, and classify physical models of solid geometry figures.

  • Students design a box in which to store their geometric space models.


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