Story Circle


Fairy tales, miniature stages, and scrolls! Students sculpt favorite fantasy scenes, then write their own imaginative tales.


1. Read fantasy picture books or listen to storytellers tell fairy tales. Talk about the imaginary settings and characters. Choose a scene that appeals to you to show in a model Story Circle.

2. Create a miniature stage on an upside-down recycled aluminum pie plate. Sculpt the characters and parts of the setting of your favorite scene with Crayola® Model Magic. To add color to the modeling compound, press the color tips of Crayola Washable Markers into the Model Magic and knead the color to mix.

3. Press on decorative craft items such as feathers, beads, and chenille sticks to decorate the sculptures while the modeling compound is still damp. Dry.

4. Glue the characters and setting to your stage with Crayola School Glue. Dry.

5. Use your stage scene for ideas to write your own fantasy story with a new beginning, middle, and ending. Write the first draft of your story with Crayola Colored Pencils. Edit the story and check spellings.

6. With Crayola Scissors, cut paper into long strips. Use markers to write your story on the story strips. Roll the strips around colored pencils to curl them into scrolls, then remove the colored pencils. Glue the scrolls to your stage. Share your Story Circles with your friends, younger children, or family.

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.


  • Students with special needs work in pairs or use assistive devices as needed to sculpt and write their stories.
  • Create Story Circle book reports. On the scrolls, include information about the setting, characters, plot, and a personal response to the book.
  • Write plays about the characters on the stage. Place one act on each scroll. Write in play format with the characters' names followed by dialogue. Sculpt as many characters as needed to reenact the play.

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crayola supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • decorative craft items
  • recycled aluminum pie plate



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students read fantasy picture books and identify favorite characters and scenes.

  • Students design miniature stages to depict scenes from these stories.

  • Students write their own imaginary story scrolls about the characters and scenes shown on their stages.


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