The Land of Pebbles

The Land of Pebbles lesson plan

Imagine an environment unlike any on earth. Use Crayola® Crayons and Markers to create a unique landscape, blending the marker colors with a wet Crayola Paint Brush.

  • 1.

    Compare a variety of ecosystems, and the animals and people that live there. What aspects of those environments are important to their survival? Imagine an environment unlike any on earth.

  • 2.

    Cover a table top with recycled newspaper. On construction paper, draw an environment, including landscape, plants, and creatures with Crayola Crayons. For a pebbled effect, press and twist the end of the crayon (opposite the point) on your paper.

  • 3.

    In larger areas, use Crayola Washable Markers to fill in color. Use a wet Crayola Paint Brush to blend the marker for a watercolor effect. Dry on a flat surface.

  • 4.

    Use markers to add details.

  • 5.

    Write a short story about the environment you created, and the creatures that inhabit it.


  • Children research different ecosystems, environments, and inhabitants of each, and then imagine an original environment and its inhabitants.
  • Children create an original artwork depicting a Land of Pebbles or their own imagined environment.
  • Students write about their imagined environment and its inhabitants.


  • Create a drawing for each type of environment (arid, rainforest, woodlands). Fill environments with animals who live there, and show people in appropriate clothing.
  • Use Crayola Model Magic to sculpt the creatures in an environment. Paint them with Crayola Tempera Paint.
  • Find information about the Italian epiphany festival each January in which a kindly witch, Befana, bestows gifts to well-behaved children and pebbles or lumps of coal to others. Write about which you deserve (gifts or pebbles) and why.