WORD WANDS – Exploring Shapes, Texture, Pattern

Children create a Word Wand using Model Magic and a variety of decorative materials. The children use their Word Wand to explore the classroom looking for words and letters.

Required Time

60 Minutes

Grade Level

Pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten


Language Arts
Visual Arts


capital letters explore lower case letters rhyming words search upper case letters


Paint Stir Sticks Pipe Cleaners Buttons Beads Cookie Cutters Rhinestones Googly Eyes Crayola Model Magic


WORD WANDS – Exploring Shapes, Texture, Pattern - Step One

Step One

  1. Place all the supplies needed in the centre of a table for easy access.
WORD WANDS – Exploring Shapes, Texture, Pattern - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Using Model Magic, create a ball-like shape or allow children to choose from a variety of cookie cutters. 
  2. Press the ball onto to a paint stir stick. Make sure the stick goes all the way to the top of the ball, and that the ball is firmly stuck to the stick. 
  3. For cookie cutters, place one cut-out shape on one side of the stir stick and another one on the other side, so they attach firmly, and the stick is sandwiched inside the two Model Magic shapes.   


WORD WANDS – Exploring Shapes, Texture, Pattern - Step Three

Step Three

  1. Decorate the wand using other colours of Model Magic, pipe cleaners, pompoms, buttons and beads. 
  2. Allow to dry for 72 hours.
WORD WANDS – Exploring Shapes, Texture, Pattern - Step Four

Step Four

  1. Comment on patterns children have created.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Work independently and self-regulate;
  2. Share their ideas with peers; and
  3. Explore different elements of design (colour, shape and texture).


  1. Reading Centre - Provide children with a variety of alphabet and letter books.  After they read the book they can go on a hunt for specific letters around the class.
  2. Writing Centre - Place clipboards with paper out for children to use to keep lists of the words they find.


  1. Collect or purchase paint stir sticks. 
  2. Have a variety of decorative materials on hand such as, pompoms, pipe cleaners, buttons, beads and Crayola Glitter Glue.
  3. Place all the decorative materials in the centre of a table for easy access.


  1. Introduce the idea of creating word wands
  2. Have a class discussion about what materials you might want to use to create the word wand. 
  3. Look in your art cupboard together and see what decorative materials interest the children.
  4. Introduce Model Magic and ways to manipulate it.  
  5. Talk about primary colours and how you can create secondary colours. 
  6. Together as a class create secondary colours using the Model Magic.
  7. Share ways they can use the word wands with the children. 
  8. Look around the room with the class and go on a word hunt as a class. 
  9. Ask the children to look for words that begin with the letter of the week, the letter of their first name or for words that rhyme.
  10. Allow each child to share what they found on the word hunt. 
  11. Have small clipboards at the writing centre for the children to take around on their word hunt. 


The Challenge

  1. Children challenge themselves to use their imagination and problem-solving skills as they explore ideas in this activity.

The Process

  1. Demonstrate how to create a shape with a cookie cutter and how to attach it to the stick.
  2. Repeat this process with a small ball shape.
  3. Think out loud as you start to add decorative materials to the Model Magic. Let children guide you as you make choices.
  4. Invite children to make their own Word Wand.
  5. Allow the wand to dry for 72 hours. This is very important because the Model Magic will remain soft and pliable until it dries so the wand will get damaged if children start to use it immediately.
  6. Teacher Prompts/Making Connections
    What does the Model Magic feel like?
    I see you have the colour green on your wand. How did you make the colour green?
    What details did you add to your word wand?  Why?
    What do you like the best about your wand?
  7. After the Wands Have Dried 
    - How about you go on a word hunt with your wand? 
    - Look for all the words in the room that begin with the first letter of your name “H”. 
    - You can even take a mini clipboard and write down the words that you find.  ”I can’t wait to see how many words you find!”
    Why do you think the word Conner has a capital?


  1. Allow children to share their Word Wand. It’s a piece of art they created using their imagination and creativity skills.
  2. Invite children to ask questions of the presenter.
  3. Have children share the list of words they found. They could even write them on the white board to present to the class.