Magical Dragon Mask

Why

Make a Model Magic® mask of your favorite dragon character.


Steps

1. Read fiction books about dragons. While you read, think about the way the dragon in the book might look. Sketch it with Crayola Colored Pencils.


2. In the song "Puff the Magic Dragon," Peter, Paul, and Mary (the recording artists) describe Puff as a friendly dragon (see Learning Activities for a link to the lyrics). Is the dragon in your story friendly or frightening?


3. Shape a dragon's head mask, large enough for you to wear, with white Crayola Model Magic. Look closely at the sketches you made to shape the dragon's ears, teeth, and other details.


4. Carefully use Crayola Scissors to cut away eye openings. An adult may need to assist some children with motor disabilities.


5. Place your dragon mask on a large, crumpled ball of recycled newspaper so it will hold its shape as it dries. Dry overnight.


6. Cover a table with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Tempera Paints and Paint Brushes to paint your mask. Add details with color. Dry.


7. Use Crayola Glitter Glue to lend sparkle. Dry.


8. With Crayola School Glue, attach an elastic band to the back of your mask. When you're not wearing your mask, hang it from your wall.


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.

Costumes & Masks— CAUTION: When children wear hand-crafted costumes and masks, make sure the crafts do not obstruct the child’s vision, hearing, or impede movement. Do not use feathers, fabric, or raffia on wearable costumes and masks because these items do not pass costume flammability tests. Wearable masks are those held in place on the face with elastic, yarn, or other materials. Keep away from open flames.

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

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

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.

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.

Adaptations

  • Create both a friendly and a frightening dragon mask, then write a conversation between the two. Have the friendly dragon convince the frightening dragon to be a kinder creature.
  • Design a family of 3-D dragons from Model Magic. Sculpt their whole bodies, then decorate them with Tempera Paint and Glitter Glue.
  • October 31 is National Magic Day. The famous magician Harry Houdini was born on that day. Make your own magic art to celebrate!

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Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Colored Pencils
  • Washable Kid's Paint
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • white paper
  • paper towels
  • elastic
  • container(s) of water

Overview

grades

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

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Students read about dragons in popular fiction.

  • Children visualize dragons as they read.

  • Students design a dragon mask, based upon their experiences.

    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.


Cirriculum

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