Look Inside–-Get to Know Me


What do you know about other students in your club, camp, or class? Clues are hiding in these cool cups!


1. Here’s a fun way to get to know classmates during the early days of school, clubs, or camp. Write clues about yourself and wrap them up!

2. Create a tie-dye lid. Cover your art area with newspaper. Fold a coffee filter in half. With Crayola® Washable Gel Markers, make colorful designs. Draw s-l-o-w-l-y so the dye seeps through the filter. Unfold the filter. For a tie-dye look, spray with water. Air-dry the filter.

3.  Add clues. What do you adore? Pick a favorite hobby, animal, place, or game, for example. Create a replica of your symbol with Crayola Model Magic.

4. Use Crayola Scissors to cut strips of paper. On each strip, describe yourself to others using Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils: "I love anchovies." "I have a black belt in karate." If you make a mistake, just erase! Place clues and your replica inside a recycled plastic container.

5. Tie it up. Place your decorated filter on the recycled plastic container. Ask a partner to hold the filter while you tie it with ribbon.

6. Look inside! Each day, your group can choose two or three cups. Use the clues to figure out who your new friends are!

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.

Recycled Containers—Must be clean and safe. Do not use containers that contained bleach or other harmful chemicals (for example, household cleaners, dishwasher or laundry detergents). Do not use recycled metal cans that have sharp edges (for example, lids removed by household can openers).

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.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • Do a similar project when a new student joins your class.
  • Students with special needs may need assistance to decide what item or description to place inside the Pringles’ cup. Help them make a list of their favorite things first, and then choose.
  • Children research and write biographical descriptions of authors, world leaders, scientists, or other famous people. Classmates try to identify the individuals. Do similar projects with places, animals, or other topics you study.
  • Sculpt numerals out of Model Magic and place them inside cups. Randomly draw a cup and write number facts for that numeral.

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crayola supplies
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Gel Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • paper towels
  • coffee filters
  • spray bottle filled with water
  • Hallmark ribbon
  • recycled plastic containers



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


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students are introspective and make replicas of items that represent their interests and personalities.

  • Students create an appealing holder for clues about themselves.

  • Students get to know their classmates and develop friendships by learning about each other’s interests and hobbies.


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