That's Me

Why

Create a mini Model Magic® YOU! Think about body proportions and postures as you make a sculpture of yourself doing one of your favorite things.


Steps

1. Look at yourself in a full-length mirror as you do different poses of yourself as you think you look doing favorite activities such as dancing, kicking a goal, and playing an instrument.


2. Use a tape measure to measure and compare body proportions, such as arm length in relationship to head size. Think about how you will make a sculpture of yourself that reflects the true proportions of your body.


3. Use Crayola® Model Magic to sculpt a figure of yourself engaged in your favorite activity. Optional: To make a necklace with this sculpture, poke a hole in the top with a paperclip while the Model Magic is fresh.


4. Dry the sculpture overnight.


5. Cover a work area with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Washable Watercolors, Paint Brushes, Washable Markers, and/or Washable Multicultural Markers to embellish the sculpture. If desired, thread a ribbon through the hole to make a necklace. Attach ends of ribbon with clear adhesive tape.


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.

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.

Adaptations

  • To create a pedestal base, paint a small box. Write the sculpture title, artist name, and date on the box.
  • Choose an imaginary activity for these personal sculptures, such as flying like a bird or walking on the moon.
  • Younger children, or those with some types of disabilities, might be more successful in creating sculptures of each other. The model poses in the chosen activity while the artist works. Or take photos of each child to use as a reference.

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Multicultural Markers
  • Washable Watercolors
  • Watercolor Brushes with Plastic Handle
  • Model Magic®
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • paper towels
  • ribbon
  • container(s) of water
  • paper clips (optional)
  • clear adhesive tape (optional)

Overview

grades

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

subjects

  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Children depict themselves in a sculpture that reflects their body proportions and postures when they are engaged in a favorite activity.

  • Self-esteem is enhanced as students observe individual differences and similarities in their features and interests.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards