Winter Holiday Pencil Toppers

Winter Holiday Pencil Toppers lesson plan

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

  • 1.

    This is a fun classroom activity to do for a holiday. Students create fun holiday pencil toppers. Students 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. Conduct a classtoom discussion about holiday traditions. How have the celebrations changed over the years?

  • 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 the design. On just shape Model Magic® modeling compound into any design,such as a little square for a gift box.

  • 3.

    Use bits and "snakes" of Model Magic® to add details to the pencil topper. Make new colors or marbled effects. Just blend two or three pieces together and knead until the desired color is acheived.

  • 4.

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


  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.
  • VA: Know that the visual arts have both a history and specific relationships to various cultures.


  • Have available a variety of children's books focused on holiday celebrations practiced in the local culture.
  • Students self-select a holiday celebration to investigate. After completing the Winter Holiday Pencil Topper, students prepare to present their research to classmates. The presentation may be oral, an audio-recording, an original poem, etc.
  • Students create an additional pencil topper focused on the main character in a recently read chapter book. Students present an oral book report on the read, using the pencil topper character during the presentation.
  • Students consider creating a Holiday Pencil Topper for a Mother's Day or Father's Day celebration. What symbols will you use to dedicate to a parent or significant adult in your life?