Renaissance in Your Backyard


Design the ultimate recreation facility, community center, or other new use. Help bring a rundown area of your community back to life.


1. Look around your neighborhood. Do research about how the environment, economics, and demographics have changed. If possible, ask leaders in your community to help you identify an area in need of rehabilitation. Brainstorm possible appropriate uses with classmates.

2. Design a useful resource for the area, such as a playground, community center, or recreation area that meets the needs of diverse residents. Make a realistic diorama to show your design inside a recycled tissue box. Here are a few ideas for preparing your display.

3. Cut the top off the box with Crayola Scissors. Measure and cut construction paper to fit inside. Extend the space with more construction paper on the bottom of the open box if you need it.

4. Color the paper with Crayola Twistables® to create sky and grass. Attach the background to the inside of your diorama with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry the glue.

5. Use Crayola Model Magic® to sculpt playground equipment, railroad tracks, a picnic area, or other features of your rehabilitated area. When constructing vertical pillars, for example, cover toothpicks with Model Magic. Glue them to the base of the box. Make Model Magic or paper signs, people, and other features of your proposed Community Renaissance. Glue pieces into your diorama. Air-dry the glue.

6. Present your recommended plans with convincing arguments about why the new usage will serve your community well. If possible, share your ideas with local decision makers.

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.

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.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • Research and describe ways you can volunteer in your neighborhood. Compile a notebook of community service projects for your school or community.
  • Gather information about volunteer service organizations such as the Peace Corps. Identify and report the services provided, such as education, agriculture, health, environment, and small business development. Find out how to become a Peace Corps volunteer.
  • Assessment: The rationale for the proposed facility is well-reasoned. Students prepare a diorama that realistically dep

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crayola supplies
  • Model Magic®
  • Twistables®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • toothpicks - wooden
  • recycled tissue box



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


  • Visual Arts
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students gather information about how their neighborhood has changed over time. They include the impact of economics, environment, and population.

  • Students design and build a model of a useful community resource such as a playground, community center, recreation area, or park.

  • Students display their dioramas and deliver an oral presentation on the merits of their proposal.


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