Here’s My Family

Why

What’s a favorite family tradition in your home? Games? Feasts? Reunions? Quilting? Show family togetherness in a dramatic diorama.


Steps

1. Family traditions are often passed down for generations. Talk with your family about an activity that your family does together. Then show it in a diorama in a box. For our example, we chose playing petanque. Petanque is a deceptively simple, relaxing game played by both children and adults in France. It is similar to horseshoes in the United States, bocce in Italy, and lawn bowling in Great Britain.


2. Design the diorama. Cut white paper with Crayola® Scissors to cover a recycled box. On one piece, draw and color a map of your family’s original area with Crayola Markers.


3. Roll a long, thin piece of Crayola Neon Model Magic. Attach it with Crayola School Glue around the outside border of the country to highlight it. Glue the map to the back of the lid. 4. Set the scene. Cut and color more paper to fit inside the box. Draw the background where your family tradition takes place, in this case the petanque playing area. 5. Make your balls (boules)! First, roll a small ball (the cochonnet) with Neon Model Magic. Place it in the center of the circle. Make two or three larger balls in different colors for each player. 6. Show your favorite family tradition! Use Model Magic to sculpt several family members. For petanque, one player could be rolling the ball while one watches and another waits to measure the distance between the balls. Add details to people such as hats and aprons. Draw facial features with an Erasable Marker. 7. Glue everything into place. Air-dry before describing your family tradition to your classmates.


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.

Adaptations

  • • Some children, especially those with special needs, may enjoy creating this diorama with their entire family.

  • • Research and demonstrate a math game from another country. What common recess games are played around the world? Find out about variations of hopscotch, kickball, jacks, and dodge ball.

  • • If possible, ask families to share recipes, crafts, or other traditions with the entire class. Hold a Family Night.

  • • Assessment: Observe the detail, children’s engagement in the process of making their dioramas, and the authenticity of their presentations.

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • white paper
  • recycled cardboard box

Overview

grades

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

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • • Students consult with their families to identify traditions in their cultures.


  • • Students create a diorama depicting their family engaged in the tradition.


  • • Students present their dioramas to compare, contrast, and understand the diversity of family traditions.


Cirriculum

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