COLOURFUL FALL BIRDS – Colour Mixing, Texture, Form

Students create imaginary fall birds using 2 primary colours of Model Magic that they mix to make secondary colours. They add details to their birds using natural objects such as pine cones and leaves that they have gathered, sorted and classified.  

Required Time

20 Minutes

Grade Level

Kindergarten to Grade 1


Language Arts
Visual Arts


colour detail form texture


Crayola Model Magic Classpack, Assorted Colours Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue Crayola Scissors Natural Objects - leaves, pine cones, pebble, etc. Paper Plates - 1 per student

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COLOURFUL FALL BIRDS – Colour Mixing, Texture, Form - Step One

Step One

  1. Sort all the objects into separate piles.
    - How big are they?
    - What do they feel like?
    - What do they smell like?
    - What sounds do they make when you move them?
COLOURFUL FALL BIRDS – Colour Mixing, Texture, Form - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Choose 2 primary colours of Model Magic.
    - red and yellow
    - red and blue
    - blue and yellow
  2. Use a small ball of each colour.
  3. Make 2 feet for your bird.
  4. Use 1 primary colour for one foot.
  5. Use a different primary colour for the other foot.
COLOURFUL FALL BIRDS – Colour Mixing, Texture, Form - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Use 2 big balls of each colour of Model Magic.
  2. Mix the colours together to get a new colour.
  3. Use the new colour to make the body of your bird.
COLOURFUL FALL BIRDS – Colour Mixing, Texture, Form - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Roll a small ball of 1 primary colour of Model Magic.
  2. Roll a smaller ball of a different colour Model Magic.
  3. Place the smaller Model Magic ball on top of the first ball.
  4. Press them together.
  5. Poke the centre with a pencil.
  6. Press the eyes onto the face of your bird.
COLOURFUL FALL BIRDS – Colour Mixing, Texture, Form - Step Five

Step Five

  1. Use the rest of the Model Magic and the natural objects to add details to your bird.
  2. Use your own ideas to make your bird special.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • create a bird sculpture using Model Magic;
  • sort and classify a variety of natural objects;
  • work independently and self-regulate;
  • share their ideas with peers; 
  • demonstrate a sense of accomplishment.


Have students:

  • explore sorting and classifying using the Interesting and Beautiful Stuff lesson plan available on this website;
  • explore ideas about birds using the Bird Watching lesson plan available on this website;
  • apply what they learned about Model Magic to make puppets using the Stick Puppet lesson plan available on this website.


  1. If possible take your class on a nature walk to observe signs of fall and gather natural objects such as leaves, twigs, pebbles, and pine cones.
    - if this is not possible gather natural objects to bring into the class
  2. Gather and make available, books about birds and signs of fall such as, Birds, Nests, And Eggs, by Mel Boring; Fall Mixed Up, by Robert Raczka, and Chad Cameron; Leaf Man, by Lois Ehlert; Look What I Did with a Leaf!, by Morteza E. Sohi; National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America: The Best Birding Book for Kids from National Geographic's Bird Experts, by Jonathan Alderfer; The Listening Walk, by Paul Showers, and Aliki; Math Counts (Updated Edition): Sorting, by Henry Arthur Pluckrose; and If You Find a Rock, by Peggy Christian, and Barbara Hirsch Lember.
  3. Set up an art centre with Model Magic, pencils and paper plates to place the sculptures on.
  4. Set up a sorting table with all the found natural objects and small containers to place the objects in.


  1. Discuss the objects they found on their nature walk.
    - the number of different things 
    - the kinds of things 
    - the ways things are the same
    - the ways things are different
    - how to sort the things into like groups
  2. Conduct a read-aloud with a book such as Birds, Nests, And Eggs, by Mel Boring.
  3. Focus on the characteristics of birds and make connections to birds they have seen in their neighbourhood.
  4. Introduce the art centre.
  5. Introduce the sorting centre.
  6. Introduce the challenge.


The Challenge

  1. Use the Model Magic to create a bird sculpture.
  2. Use natural objects to add details to your sculpture.
  3. Make your sculpture in your own creative and unique way.
  4. Explain how you made your artwork.

The Process

  1. Ensure that students understand the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when I:
    - use my own ideas to make a bird sculpture 
    - mix new colours 
    - use natural objects to add details
    - explain how and why I made my art
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in the lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work.
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.


  1. Gather students to view and discuss their art. Ask students to share:
    what they learned about making a bird sculpture
    - how they mixed new colours

    how they used different natural objects to add details to their artworks
    - what they like best about their artworks
  2. Display all the artworks in the classroom.
  3. Encourage students to view the artworks and notice how they used the Model Magic and natural objects in different ways.


  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss their artworks – speaks with a clear voice, looks at audience while speaking, holds artwork to the side, provides accurate information, answers questions from the audience effectively.
  3. Observe students as they listen – looks at presenter, asks effective questions, supports ideas with evidence found in the artwork.
  4. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads - ColourfulBird_tracking.pdf)
  5. Have grade one students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads - ColourfulBird_self-assessment)