What's the Scoop?


Who likes plain vanilla ice cream? How about pecan mocha fudge? Or cotton candy? Create a 3-D classroom graph with Crayola® Model Magic® to show which ice cream flavors are tops.


1. Take a classroom poll to find out each student’s favorite ice cream flavor. Arrange your findings in a picture graph to make it easy to tell which flavor has more, or fewer, or the same number of votes.

2. On oaktag or posterboard, use Crayola Washable Markers to write the title of your graph in capital letters along the top. Use markers to write the names of the flavors along the bottom of the graph.

3. Use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to draw a small ice cream dish (or cone) on oaktag. Cut it out with Crayola Scissors. Use it as a pattern to draw identical dishes above each flavor name. Color the dish with Crayola Gel Markers.

4. Experiment with blending two or three colors of Model Magic to create your own ice cream colors. Lightly twist two colors together for a swirled effect. Add white to any color to get an icy, pastel look. To make scoops of ice cream, roll a small ball of Model Magic to represent each vote. Flatten slightly and air-dry overnight.

5. Use Crayola School Glue to glue scoops in place on the bar graph. Air-dry the graph flat.

6. With markers, mark the numbers of votes along the left side of the graph, starting at the bottom and going up. Make sure each scoop lines up with a number. Add a key indicating how many scoops equal one vote for an ice cream flavor.

7. What does your graph show? Explain it to your classmates. Which flavor received the most votes? The least? Did any flavors receive the same number of votes? How many more votes did the most popular receive than the least popular flavor? How many people voted altogether? Present your findings to the class.

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.


  • Do a school-wide or families poll to discover favorite ice cream flavors.
  • Find out how new flavors are invented.
  • Choose an appropriate day and ask for permission to make and sell homemade ice cream in the school cafeteria or for a school event. Take orders, determine needed ingredients, take out a loan (maybe from the school’s petty cash fund), and shop for ingredients. Elicit help from families or staff members who have ice cream makers. Make the ice cream and allow it to cure. After the sale, repay the loan, write thank you letters to all who helped, and use profits to purchase your own classroom ice cream maker.
  • Individually collect data and organize it into picture graphs that others can interpret. Topics could include: favorite books; preferred activities at recess; walks/rides to school; numbers of brothers/sisters; eye color; hair color; birth month; bedtimes; breakfast foods; type of shoe worn that day; lengths of names, attributes of rocks. Display your graph with a written analysis of your findings.
  • Discover other graph forms. Create bar, pie, or line graphs from the data displayed in picture graphs.

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Gel Markers
  • Model Magic®
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • oak tag or poster board



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3


  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students collect data, identify the most popular ice cream flavors, and record the results on a picture graph, using colored Model Magic to add dimension.

  • Students individually analyze their data to determine which ice cream flavor has more, less, or the same number of votes, and present their findings during a class discussion.


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