|Jessica A. made insects based on scientific observation, but you can see a real sense of personality in each of her characters! I'm fascinated with the giant green cicada flying over the scene!|
This lesson was great fun and considering that it was our last "big" project of the year, it really kept everyone motivated to keep working hard right up until summer vacation! This was due in large part to the use of Crayola's amazing product," Model Magic". I tell the kids that it works like a clean clay: it has all of the properties of air dry clay without the mess or the long drying time. It works especially well for small-scale projects like this since large or thick pieces of Model Magic can tend to stay spongy inside and over time may develop cracks as the moisture evaporates from the product. If you have never used this product with your students I would highly recommend that you give it a whirl. You can paint it, blend markers into it, apply craft materials like beads and stick wires and pipe cleaners into it. It really is a great material and kids of all ages are highly motivated to use it! The only down side is that it can be expensive to use with a large group, so once again working on a small scale might be a smart choice. Buy the white model magic rather than the pre-colored packets, since students can personalize their work with paints once it has dried. This would be the most economical way to go!