CM March 29, 
1996. Vol. II, Number 24

image Gifts to Make with Crayola Model Magic.

Kim Fernandes. Photos by Wally Randall.
Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1996. 31pp, paper, (includes two packages of "Model Magic"), $10.99.
ISBN: 0-590-24902-9.

Subject Headings:
Modeling-Juvenile literature.
Handicraft-Juvenile literature.
Creative activities and seat work-Juvenile literature.

Preschool - grade 4 / Ages 4 - 9.
Review by Joan Payzant.



Crayola Model Magic is perfect for making all kinds of crafts. It is lightweight, clean and easy to work with. Best of all, it air-dries in a day to turn your creations into permanent treasures.

image This sampler kit, packed in clear bubble plastic, contains a colourful booklet illustrating the possibilities of Model Magic, and two foil packages of the material itself. In this particular package one was of blue Model Magic and one of yellow.


Kim Fernandes's booklet is full of ideas to use with Model Magic, each project well described and beautifully illustrated by photos in this glossy production.

Unfortunately there does not seem to be enough of the modelling material to produce a satisfying number of items. It is also almost crassly commercial, so that parents and teachers might well be irritated by the list of other Crayola products that would be useful supplements to the kit. Although the booklet is well written and expensively produced I felt it was decidedly a promotional gimmick for Crayola.

Recommended with reservations to parents and grandparents as a gift if they are prepared to supplement it with additional colours, glaze and paint from Crayola.

Not recommended for schools unless there is an adequate supply of these Crayola materials on hand.

Joan Payzant is a retired teacher/librarian living in Dartmouth, N.S.

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