Magnificent Merlion of Singapore


What do you get when you combine a lion head with a fish tail? The Magnificent Merlion, a famous landmark in Singapore.


1. Research information about Singapore. Find a picture of the Merlin or Merlion statue of Singapore.

2. Use white Crayola® Model Magic® or make a light color. You can create a light color in two ways: knead the modeling material with color from a Crayola Washable Marker or blend white with another color of Model Magic.

3. Sculpt a replica of the statue of Merlion with the body of a fish and the head of a lion. Look carefully at pictures of Merlion and make your replica as close to the original as possible.

4. Mix Model Magic with blue and purple marker colors. Shape into waves on the bottom of the statue.

5. Attach the statue with Crayola School Glue to the top of a small recycled box that resembles a pedestal. Cover the box with Model Magic. Dry.

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  • 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.


  • Find out more about the four major cultures of the people of Singapore, (Chinese, Malay, Indian, and European). Create other noted landmarks from this fascinating country, whose Independence Day is August 9, 1965.
  • Design a symbol that will illustrate either information about your own family or important facts about your community or country.

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
household supplies
  • recycled boxes



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students research information about the fascinating and diverse city and Republic of Singapore.

  • Students research and learn about Singapore's official symbol, the monument of Merlion, with its lion head and fish tail standing more than 8 meters high.

  • Students design and build their own replica of a Merlion statue.


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