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Make a Model Magic® mask of your favorite dragon character.
Share fiction books about dragons with students in a read aloud setting. While reading, ask students to think about the way the dragon in the story may look. After the read is finished, invite students to sketch the dragon from the story using Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils.
In the song "Puff the Magic Dragon," Peter, Paul, and Mary (the recording artists) describe Puff as a friendly dragon (see Learning Activities for a link to the lyrics). Have students listen to the song and share the lyrics. What terms are used to describe Puff as a friendly dragon? How might someone describe an unfriendly, or frightening dragon? Write student contributions on a classroom white board using Crayola Dry Erase Markers. Ask students if the dragon in their pictures is friendly or frightening. How can they tell?
Return students to their work areas and ask them to cover this area with recycled newspaper. Provide each student with white Crayola Model Magic. Invite students to shape a dragon's head mask, large enough for them to wear, with the Crayola Model Magic. Students look closely at their sketches to shape the dragon's ears, teeth, and other details.
Students carefully use Crayola Scissors to cut away eye openings. An adult should be available to assist students as needed.
Students place dragon masks on large, crumpled balls of recycled newspaper so they will hold shape while drying. Allow Model Magic to dry overnight.
Cover a table with recycled newspaper. Students use Crayola Tempera Paints and Paint Brushes to paint masks. Add details with color. Dry.
Invite students to use Crayola Glitter Glue to lend sparkle to their masks. Dry.
With Crayola School Glue, students attach elastic bands to the back of their masks. When not wearing the masks, students hang them from hooks on the classroom wall.
Create an original pop-art repetitive portrait based on a study the life and work of Andy Warhol.
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