Walking Trail Adventure


Create a plan for a neighborhood walking trail or other public facility. Improve recreational opportunities for people and habitats for animals in your community.


1. Work with a small group of classmates to design a recreational area in your community—either real or imaginary. Think about what facilities it might it include: Walking trail? Fish pond? Graffiti wall? Sunflower patch to attract birds? Rock wall? Boat launch? Stage? Ask classmates, family members, and others in your community to make suggestions.

2. Sketch your ideas with Crayola Twistables® Crayons. Determine how much space your trail will need. Recommend where it could be installed. Then prepare a replica of your plan.

3. Start with a flat base of Crayola Model Magic®. Model Magic fresh from the pack sticks to itself. Here are some suggestions for details. Use yellow Model Magic form sunflowers. Roll tiny terra cotta pieces into balls and press on for seeds. Add green coils for stems. Roll out rows of soil. Plant tiny Model Magic tomatoes, lettuce, and corn. Decorate a graffiti wall with thin rolls of Model Magic. Press blue modeling compound into a lake shape. Form an oval fish, attach a tail, and decorate. Roll a thin white piece to form a fishing line and make a pole.

4. Label areas with paper signs. Attach signs to toothpicks with Crayola School Glue. Compare and contrast your group’s plan with others. Consider presenting the most feasible plan to decision makers in your community.

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


  • Ask local recreation experts to discuss ideas with the class. What is the planning process for this type of facility? Who is responsible?
  • Write an article about the need for your facility and submit it to the local paper.
  • Draw a life-size trail design on a safe, large paved area with Crayola Sidewalk Chalk.
  • Assessment: Evaluate how thoroughly children researched the need for recreational spaces. Did they apply what they learned in their model? Is the plan realistic? How well did students work together? Was the choice for a plan to present well reasoned?

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crayola supplies
  • Model Magic®
  • Twistables®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • toothpicks - wooden



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12


  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children identify local needs for recreational spaces by interviewing diverse classmates, families, and community members.

  • Students work in small groups to consider space needs and a possible place for installation. They sketch, make a model of their planned area, and label their replicas.

  • Students compare and contrast their plans to select one for presentation to decision makers for action.


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