Winter Holiday Pencil Toppers


Decorate your colored pencils for the winter holidays with fun Crayola Model Magic® toppers! They make great party favors and gift decorations, too.


1. What fun holiday pencil topper can you imagine? Choose a seasonal symbol such as a turkey, Santa, or dreidel. How about a Christmas tree or an angel? Craft a tiny gift package or shape an ogre. It’s up to you! Talk with classmates to find out about each other’s holiday traditions. How have the celebrations changed since your parents were your age?

2. For round toppers, roll out Crayola Model Magic® modeling material until it is smooth. Cover a small foam ball with the sheet. Trim any excess compound with modeling tools and shape into your design. On just shape Model Magic® modeling compound into any design you like, such as a little square for a gift box.

3. Use bits and "snakes" of Model Magic® to add details to your pencil topper. You can make new colors or marbled effects. Just blend two or three pieces together and knead until you achieve your desired color.

4. Press a Crayola Colored Pencil into the bottom of your topper. Model Magic™ dries to the touch overnight and dries completely in 2 to 3 days. It sticks to the colored pencil. Happy holidays!

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.

Sponges and Foam—Sponges, foam, and other expandable materials should not be used with children 3 years old and younger.


  • Instead of a written book report, students make pencil toppers to represent a character or object from their reading. They orally present information about the character’s traits, setting description, and significance to the book.
  • Students create a 3-D holiday sculpture, such as a gift or centerpiece, using knowledge of sculpting techniques and armatures.

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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crayola supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Model Magic®
household supplies
  • foam ball



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students research symbols that represent winter holidays.

  • Students discuss family holiday traditions and research family life now and in the past.

  • Students create a detailed holiday symbol to place on a colored pencil.


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