Merry Animal Masks


Form Model Magic® into decorative animal masks. Create a cast of merry characters based on any story, science unit, or social studies topic!


1. Read a story or find information about animals and their habitats in the world. Sketch your favorite creature’s face with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Make it authentic or fanciful! Include details to include on your animal mask. Just erase if you change your mind.

2. Crumple newspaper into the basic shape of your mask to use as an armature. Cover it with masking tape to hold the shape in place. Place plastic wrap over this armature so that the Model Magic® will not stick to the paper.

3. Cover the armature with white Model Magic. Create openings for eyes, nose, and mouth. Add raised areas such as eyebrows or lips. Model Magic fresh from the pack sticks to itself. Poke holes on the sides or top of the mask so you can hang it when you are finished. Gently remove the armature. Air-dry the mask for at least 24 hours.

4. Cover your art area with newspaper. Paint the mask with Crayola Washable Tempera. Use either realistic or imaginary colors. Air-dry the paint.

5. To create interesting surface effects, cover the mask with one or more Crayola Tempera Mixing Mediums: Texture It!, Pearl It!, and/or Glitter It! Air-dry the mixing medium.

6. Thread yarn through the hanging holes for display.

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.

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.


  • Read or write an animal story or poem. Create masks to depict the major characters.
  • Make a caricature of a famous historic or contemporary person. Exaggerate the features. Arrange the masks in a timeline of birth dates. Ask other students to identify the people represented.
  • Use these techniques to create authentic masks based on cultures, time periods, or holiday celebrations.

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crayola supplies
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Artista II® Washable Tempera Paint
  • Arts & Crafts Brushes
  • Model Magic®
  • Tempera Mixing Mediums
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • white paper
  • yarn
  • paper towels
  • masking tape
  • plastic wrap
  • container(s) of water



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children study animals in literature, science, or social studies.

  • Children design an animal mask based on the information they collect.

  • Children create a 3-D animal mask and embellish it with details.


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