Stone & Bone Inuit Carvings


Research the native Inuit people of Canada then create your own sculpture of a natural figure, using Crayola® Model Magic to simulate stone or bone.


1. Locate the Inuit native lands in Canada's Nunavut province. Research information about the Inuit tradition of carving. What materials do the Inuit use in their sculpture? What tools are traditional? Look at examples of Inuit carvings or pictures of them.

2. Choose a natural figure from the far northern hemisphere such as a person, turtle, seal, fish, whale, owl, bear, or bird to sculpt in the Inuit style with Crayola Model Magic.

3. To create the effect of a gray rock such as soapstone, knead color from gray or black Crayola Washable Markers into white modeling material. For bone, antler, or animal teeth colors, add a little yellow or brown marker. For a marbled effect, partially knead color into the Model Magic.

4. Use your fingers and/or craft sticks to shape your carving. Include as many details as possible, such as facial features, feathers, beaks, or claws. Dry.

5. If you wish to add more stony or bony color to the surface of your sculpture, cover your work area with newspaper. Soak the bristles of a Crayola Paint Brush in Crayola Washable Paint. Lightly spatter your carving by gently tapping the brush on your finger. Or paint shadow areas of the carving with a dark color. Dry.

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.

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


  • Research more information out about Canadian Inuit origins and culture. Where are carvers still active today? What materials do they use? Find samples of their work on the Internet and in museums, such as the Art Gallery of Ontario.
  • Discover other forms of Canadian native art such as totem pole carving, painting, or masks.
  • Encourage younger children or those with special needs to learn more about Inuit life, and how people deal with the cold weather and long, dark nights of winter. What do they wear? In what kinds of homes do they live? How do they travel? What foods are traditional?
  • Write about the meaning of this statement by Luke Tunguaq, a contemporary Inuit carver: "Inuit carve what is traditional. They carve what they have seen, what they remember. Since they didn't write on paper, they put their thoughts into their carvings."
  • Younger children and those with special needs may benefit from short practice sessions experimenting with Model Magic sculpture techniques. Add color to small pieces of white Model Magic® to get the desired effect then create miniature sculptures to practice using hands and craft sticks to shape forms.

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Markers
  • Washable Kid's Paint
  • Model Magic®
household supplies
  • craft sticks (optional)
  • paper towels (optional)
  • recycled newspaper (optional)



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Science


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children research information about Canadian Inuit history, geography, and culture.

  • Students study many forms of art created by the Inuit, including sculpture with stone, animal bones or teeth, and other items found in their northern Canada environment.

  • Students create their own Inuit-style sculpture with authentic subject, style, and color choices.


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