Winter Holiday Pencil Toppers

Winter Holiday Pencil Toppers lesson plan

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

  • 1.

    What fun holiday pencil topper can you imagine? 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. It’s up to you! Talk with classmates to find out about each other’s holiday traditions. How have the celebrations changed since your parents were your age?

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

  • 3.

    Use bits and "snakes" of Model Magic® to add details to your pencil topper. You can make new colors or marbled effects. Just blend two or three pieces together and knead until you achieve your desired color.

  • 4.

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


  • Students research symbols that represent winter holidays.
  • Students discuss family holiday traditions and research family life now and in the past.
  • Students create a detailed holiday symbol to place on a colored pencil.


  • Instead of a written book report, students make pencil toppers to represent a character or object from their reading. They orally present information about the character’s traits, setting description, and significance to the book.
  • Students create a 3-D holiday sculpture, such as a gift or centerpiece, using knowledge of sculpting techniques and armatures.