In the Eye of the Tiger


Tiger poems and stories seem almost real when you make this mask. Decorate it with authentic tiger markings.


1. Read about tigers as they are described in stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Look closely at pictures of tigers' interesting stripes and markings. Why are tigers marked this way?

2. To create your own decorative mask (for display, rather than to wear), begin by sketching a tiger's head, stripes, and facial features, such as whiskers, with Crayola® Washable Markers. Use Crayola Scissors to cut out the head.

3. Flatten white Crayola Model Magic until it is as large as your sketch. Place your sketch on top of the Model Magic. Trace around the facial shape with a marker. Cut out the tiger mask.

4. Crumple up recycled newspaper to place under the mask to give it a 3-D, rounded shape. Form ears and other facial features from Model Magic. Add or trim as needed.

5. Add a hanging loop on the back of your mask by attaching a thick coil of Model Magic to the upper edge. Dry.

6. Cover your work area with recycled newspaper. Paint your mask with Crayola Tempera Paints and Brushes. Look closely at your sketch and pictures of tigers' faces to make it authentic. Dry and display! When children wear hand-crafted costumes and masks make sure the craft does not obstruct the child's vision or impede movement, and keep away from open flames.

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.

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.


  • Match the literature and research requirements with students' abilities. Students with physical challenges may require adaptive technology or a partner to complete their masks.
  • Create all of the characters of the tiger story or poem that you read to begin this project. Then make your own adaptation of the story, using those characters.
  • Create a complete tiger sculpture by studying the rest of a tiger's body and forming it with Model Magic®. Position the tiger in a realistic pose.
  • Write and illustrate your own tiger poetry. Watch tigers as they move, either on videos or at a zoo.
  • Find out about different types of tigers, where they live, and whether any are endangered. Design to-scale sculptures of each type of tiger.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Markers
  • Artista II® Washable Tempera Paint
  • Model Magic®
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • paper towels
  • container(s) of water



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


  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students read about tigers in both fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose.

  • Students study tiger markings in photographs of living tigers.

  • Children create a sculptural mask reflecting their knowledge of tiger markings.


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