Skip to content
Would you like to visit your local site?


We noticed you’re located in New Zealand. There isn't a local site available. Would you like to visit the Australian site?


Would you like to visit your local site?


Would you like to visit your local site?


Would you like to visit your local site?


Would you like to visit your local site?


Would you like to visit your local site?


Would you like to visit your local site?


Would you like to visit your local site?


Would you like to visit your local site?


Would you like to visit your local site?


Skip to Content
Back to Become a Creative Champion with Crayola
Sign Up!
Skip to Navigation

Winter Holiday Pencil Toppers

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

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    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!
  • Standards

    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.

  • Adaptations

    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?


Share this Lesson Plan

  • Creativity.
  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
Back to top