Honoring Ganesha in India


Join the procession to honor Ganesha. Adorn an elaborate sculpture to add to your understanding of this Indian tradition.


1. In India, Ganesha is honored during Ganesh Chaturthi. The 10-day festival ends with a procession accompanied by drummers, singers, and dancers. Research legends about Ganesha and find out what his figure, and traditional Hindu art, looks like.

2. Make a base. With Crayola® Scissors, cut a cardboard or foam board base for your display. Decorate the panel in the style of Hindu art with Crayola Rainbow Twistables. Color additional sections on recycled file folders. Cut out and attach pieces with Crayola School Glue.

3. Sculpt Ganesha. Blend white Crayola Model Magic with color from Crayola Washable Markers until you have mixed the color you want. Shape Ganesha’s elephant head and crown. Air-dry the sculpture overnight.

4. Accessorize Ganesha. Cover your art area with newspaper. Paint the crown on Ganesha’s head with a Crayola Paint Brush and gold Premier Tempera. Air-dry the crown. Add details with Crayola Glitter Glue. Glue on recycled costume jewelry and other collage materials. Air-dry your elaborate sculpture.

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.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

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.

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.


  • In many traditions, there are figures that have human and animal body parts. Uncover these traditions and discuss their meaning.
  • Learn more about the rich iconography of the Hindus. Visit a museum to see historic artwork. Rent a popular movie made in India and try to find the artwork.
  • The Asian elephant is an endangered species. Discover how many are left on Earth. How do these elephants differ from African elephants (also endangered)? Learn about this animal’s journey from master of the plains to service animal to endangered species.

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crayola supplies
  • Rainbow Twistables® Crayons
  • Markers
  • Premier™ Tempera Paint
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • paper towels
  • collage materials
  • cardboard
  • container(s) of water
  • recycled file folders



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students learn about the Hinduism.

  • Students explore the visual language of Hindu art.

  • Students recreate a three-dimensional sculpture of Ganesha as a culmination of their research.


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