Proud to Be Pig


Pigs are big in children’s literature! Choose a favorite porker, maybe from Charlotte’s Web, and make a colorful paper maché model.


1. Read Charlotte's Web by E.B. White or other books in which pigs are characters. Research information about these animals. How are your ideas about pigs changing as you learn more? How realistic are the fictional portrayals?

2. Cover a table with recycled newspaper. Tear additional newspaper into short, thin strips. Mix two parts of Crayola® School Glue with one part water to create a thin mixture for paper maché.

3. Crumple up recycled newspaper into a ball. Dip strips of newspaper into the glue mixture. Apply damp strips to the ball, overlapping them as you go. Cover the ball with at least two layers of newspaper. Dry completely, which may take several days, depending upon temperature and humidity.

4. Glue additional body parts to the ball, such as a snout, legs, and tail. Use corks, recycled plastic bottle lids, or recycled film canisters for the snout and legs. Cover them with more paper maché if you wish. A curled chenille stem works well as a tail. Push it slightly into the firm paper, then apply glue to the entry point. Cut ears from felt, construction paper, or scraps of fabric. To stiffen fabric, apply a coating of the glue and water mixture used for the paper maché. Dry.

5. Paint your pig with Crayola Tempera Paints and Brushes. Dry.

6. Finish your pig sculpture by making eyes with Crayola Markers or gluing on small black buttons.

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 Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

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.


  • Create other animals depicted in the fiction you read. Write a short play, using your figures as the main characters.
  • Build a barnyard for your animal creations by using recycled objects, such as cardboard boxes for stalls and barns. Place your paper-maché creations in the barnyard.
  • Get to know some pigs. Visit a farm, petting zoo, or other animal facility. How does their hair feel? How do they smell? How do pigs spend their days? Why are so many pigs raised on farms?

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Markers
  • Washable Kid's Paint
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • chenille sticks (optional)
  • buttons (optional)
  • container(s) of water
  • recycled plastic containers
  • corks (optional)
  • fabric scraps



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students read fictional literature that includes pigs as characters, such as Charlotte's Web.

  • Children research information about pigs, including their habits and anatomy.

  • Children create an imaginative or realistic paper maché pig.


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