If you’re looking for a fun and easy-to-use sculpting material, then Crayola Model Magic is for you! This mess-free, non-toxic modeling clay dries lightweight and won’t crumble the way self-hardening clay does. Once dry, it can be embellished with paint or markers.

Materials:

 

  • Model Magic
  • Tempera paint or markers
  • Brushes
  • White glue
  • Embellishments such as feathers or google eyes

 

Instructions:

 

Begin by showing children examples of objects or reproductions of objects made of clay. Give them a ball of Model Magic, about the size of a tangerine, and encourage them to first practice using their hands as tools to manipulate the clay in a variety of ways including by pinching, pulling, poking, squeezing, rolling and patting. Once they have decided on a subject, have them start by modeling the biggest shapes first and attach smaller pieces by overlapping them and smoothing out where they join. Clay creations can be 3D sculptures or 2D reliefs and can depict people places or things. Have them experiment with adding texture to their sculpture using a variety of household objects or embellishing their sculpture with feathers or google eyes. Leave sculptures to dry overnight.

Model Magic comes in a variety of colors and is a wonderful way to teach color mixing. Have children practice mixing two primary-colored clays together to create a secondary color or add black to create a shade. If using a white or a natural colored Model Magic, try painting it with tempera paint or coloring it with markers after it dries. A thin coat of white glue diluted with water is recommended to seal the paint in.

Display:

 

Model magic is so light when it dries that it can be suspended using fishing wire or attached to fabric. Discuss creative options for displaying the final creations with your children.

By Agnieszka Chalas, Director of Public Programs and Education, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery

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