Insect Addition Game


Learning how to add two or more numbers? This appealing, child-made board game integrates, math, science, and the visual arts—using an Earth-friendly recycled box.


1. Create your own addition game using a recycled cardboard box with a lid. Store your game pieces inside so you can play again and again. These are just a few ideas to get you started. Use your imagination to invent your own colorful game.

2. Choose a construction paper color that looks like grass, a beehive, or any place that insects might live. Cut and glue the paper to cover the outside of the box. Cover the lid separately. To make grass around the top, we fringed the edges of green paper.

3. Decorate all sides of your game box with Crayola Washable Markers and Construction Paper™ Crayons.

4. Cut construction paper shapes to make a game path from start to finish. In some of the shapes, write directions such as "Move ahead 3 spaces" or "Go back 2 spaces" to make your game exciting! Lay out the game path and glue it to the top of the box.

5. Form Crayola Model Magic® compound into random number generators by forming at least two little cubes. Press tiny dots in a contrasting color on every side. Model Magic fresh from the pack sticks to itself.

6. Create several Model Magic insects for game pieces. Make one for each player. Sculpt real or imaginary creatures—it’s up to you. Air-dry the Model Magic for about 24 hours.

7. To play, roll two number cubes. Count the dots. Add them together to find out how many spaces you can move ahead. Have fun!

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.


  • To vary the game, subtract the smaller number from the larger number on the cubes.
  • Students share and play one another’s games.
  • Encourage more skilled students to develop challenging game play strategies.
  • Assessment: Did students invent unique games that include a decorated box, a game path, number cubes, and game pieces? Were students able to play their games successfully?

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crayola supplies
  • Construction Paper™ Crayons
  • Model Magic®
  • Glue Sticks
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Washable Markers
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled cardboard box



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Special Needs


  • Math
  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children design and play a board game in which they apply properties of the concepts of number while performing processes of basic computation.

  • Students use life science knowledge of insects’ physical environment in the creation of a visual arts project that reinforces counting and computation skills.


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