Dreams and Dinosaurs

Dreams and Dinosaurs lesson plan

Let your imagination take you back to the Jurassic Period as imaginary dinosaurs are created using Crayola® Model Magic.

  • 1.

    Study a variety of pictures and models of dinosaurs. Find out about their different shapes, sizes, and features.

  • 2.

    Experiment with different methods to create color effects such as these with Crayola Model Magic: <li>Blend white and colored compound to create tints. <li>Blend two primary colors (red, yellow, blue) together to produce a secondary hue (orange, green, violet). <li>Create a marble effect by incompletely blending different colors. <li>For multi-colored layers, flatten two or more pieces by hand or with a rolling pin or dowel stick. Stack the pieces flat on top of each other and roll tightly like a cinnamon roll. Cut segments with Crayola Scissors. Connect pieces to make forms. <li>Roll three coils at least 1/2-inch thick (1.5 cm) and 1 foot (30 cm) long. Pinch the ends together securely. Braid.

  • 3.

    Explore ways to construct forms using these mixed colors. Shape the large dinosaur body form first, then add secondary forms such as legs. Use toothpicks or plastic straws inside the Model Magic for supports. Pinch or pull details from the Model Magic, or add small pieces. Smooth and seal all seams with damp fingers.

  • 4.

    After the sculpture is slightly dry, use a toothpick or plastic knife to add texture, or imprint the surface with textured materials.


  • Students explore the 3-dimensional geometric forms of dinosaurs from the Jurassic Period.
  • Children apply various construction and color-effect techniques in modeling an imaginary dinosaur.


  • Students analyze the ways in which each other's dinosaurs are similar to, and different from, those that lived in the Jurassic Period.
  • Create diorama habitats for the dinosaurs, showing climate, vegetation, and any other creatures.
  • Write creative stories or plays about why dinosaurs disappeared from the earth. Or imagine that the DNA found in bones or petrified eggs could bring dinosaurs back to life. What might happen?
  • Younger children and special needs students may benefit from short practice sessions experimenting with Model Magic techniques before participating in this activity.