3-D PICTURE GRAPH – Shape, Colour, Data

Students create a 3-d picture graph using construction paper and Model Magic shapes.

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3-D PICTURE GRAPH – Shape, Colour, Data


  • Crayola Model Magic - Assorted Colours
  • Crayola Construction Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Glitter Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Rulers
  • Rolling Pins or Dowels
  • Small Cookie Cutters


Step 1
  1. Make 3 batches of shapes.
  2. Make each batch a different colour.
  3. Make at least one batch a mixed colour.
  4. To make a mixed colour choose 2 primary colours and blend them together.

Step 2
  1. Choose one batch of Model Magic and roll it out until it is about .5 cm (1/4”) thick.
  2. Use a variety of cookie cutters to make some shapes.
  3. Repeat with the other 2 batches to make a total of about 15 shapes.
Step 3
  1. Use small pieces of Model Magic, glitter glue or beads to add details to each shape.
  2. Set the shapes aside to dry overnight.
Step 4
  1. Mark 4 cm spaces on each side of the paper.
  2. Join the dots on opposite sides of the paper to create a grid.
Step 5
  1. Use glitter glue to trace over all the lines on the graph.
  2. Glue from the top of the line to the bottom so your hand does not get in the way.
  3. Put the paper aside to dry.
Step 6
  1. Sort similar shapes into groups.
  2. Use a tally sheet to count the number of shapes you have in each group.
  3. Each time you count a shape, make a mark in the column for that shape.
  4. Add up the total for each shape and write it on the bottom of your tally sheet.
Step 7
  1. Use Crayola Washable Glue to attach your shapes to the grid.
  2. Make sure you place similar shapes in the same column to make your picture graph.
Step 8
  1. View your picture graph with fresh eyes.
  2. What does it tell us?
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