Multicultural Mobile


Many cities are home to ethnically diverse people. Toronto, London, New York, Hong Kong—which city will you show in your Multicultural Mobile?


1. Some cities and nations have a long tradition of being home to people from many different countries. The United Nations named Toronto, Canada, as the most ethnically diverse city in the world. Two thirds of its 4 million residents were born elsewhere. Think about the benefits this global diversity brings to a city!

2. Find out about the ethnic diversity in your neighborhood, state, province—or any area in the world. Choose a symbol for the area. Here’s one way to represent ethnic diversity in a mobile.

3. To show Toronto’s population mix, the red maple leaf of Canada’s flag works well as the center of the mobile. Choose a symbol for your selected city. With Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, draw the symbol’s outline on thin cardboard. Cut it out with Crayola Scissors. Trace the shape on more cardboard and cut it out to make two identical shapes. Make a cut down the middle of one shape from the bottom to the middle. Cut the other from the top to the middle.

4. Cover your art area with newspaper. Paint one side of your mobile’s central symbol with Crayola Washable Tempera and Paint Brushes. Air-dry the symbols flat. Paint the other side. Air-dry them flat.

5. Cross the two shapes and slide them together at the cuts to create a 3-D symbol.

6. Research the different ethnic groups living in the area you are studying. Find pictures that show the design and colors of each nation’s flag. Some countries represented in Toronto’s neighborhoods include Jamaica, Ukraine, India, China, and the Philippines. Cut out cardboard or recycled file folder rectangles, one for each culture represented in your mobile. Color the nation’s flag on one side with Crayola Gel Markers. On the other side of the flag, label the country and summarize other information you found.

7. Punch holes at balanced places on the center symbol. Use string to tie on your flags. Ask an adult to poke a paper clip through the top of the center symbol to make a hook. What a wonderful way to demonstrate respect for diversity.

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.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

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.


  • A summer festival in Toronto celebrates the city’s diversity. It’s called Caravan. Ethnic groups set up pavilions featuring their customs, entertainment, food, and clothing. People purchase "passports" to visit each pavilion. Organize your own Caravan-inspired event. Contact local heritage groups to participate.
  • Throughout the year, focus on local ethnic groups for in-depth study and understanding. Invite community members to share their skills, knowledge, folktales, and life stories.
  • Survey your school for the various ethnicities represented. Make a mobile that reflects your classroom’s heritages.
  • Older students examine immigration motivators that brought people to their community.
  • The analogy of a "melting pot" was once used to describe immigrant assimilation. Arrive at and defend a more apt analogy, perhaps a cultural "stew," "tossed salad," or "supreme pizza."

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Gel Markers
  • Artista II® Washable Tempera Paint
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • hole punch
  • paper clips
  • string
  • paper towels
  • cardboard
  • container(s) of water
  • recycled file folders



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students postulate about the advantages of living and working in diverse population centers.

  • Students explore their own neighborhood’s diversity or research that of any area being studied.

  • Students record their finding in concise format by constructing a 3-D exhibit.


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