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Form Model Magic® into decorative animal masks. Create a cast of merry characters based on any story, science unit, or social studies topic!
Conduct a read aloud focused on animals and their habitats or find information about this topic to share with students. Share the illustsrations in the story with the group and ask them to react to the illustrations. Are they authentic? Are they fanciful? Sketch your favorite creature’s face with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Make it authentic or fanciful! Include details to include on your animal mask. Just erase if you change your mind.
Provide students with paper and Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils. Ask them to sketch their favorite creatures' faces. Will these be like the story's illustrations? Will the sketches be authentic to the animal, or fanciful?
Inform students that their sketches will be used to create 3-D masks of the animals. Students begin this process by crumpling recycled newspaper into the basic shape of a mask to use as an armature. Students cover it with masking tape to hold the shape in place. Provide plastic wrap to be placed over the armatures so that the Model Magic® will not stick to the paper.
Students cover the armature with white Model Magic. Create openings for eyes, nose, and mouth. Add raised areas such as eyebrows or lips. Poke holes on the sides or top of the mask to provide a way to hang it when finished. Gently remove the armature. Air-dry the mask for at least 24 hours.
Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Crayola Washable Tempera can be used to paint masks. Encourage the use of either realistic or imaginary colors. Air-dry the paint.
To create interesting surface effects, cover the mask with one or more Crayola Tempera Mixing Mediums: Texture It!, Pearl It!, and/or Glitter It! Air-dry the mixing medium. While masks are drying, ask students to create imaginative names for their animal masks and create a name tag for the mask.
Thread yarn through the hanging holes for display.
Provide time in the school day for students to put on their masks and explain to small groups of peers what their animal is, why they chose this particular animal, and its attributes.
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