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Magic: the crafting

Learn all about the colours of Magic and create your own card in this crafty introduction to Magic: The Gathering.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • See lists below

Before you begin

  • To help with the card design, you could order a Magic: The Gathering Welcome Deck or look up examples online and print some for everyone to use as inspiration.


Introduce Magic: The Gathering

  1. The person leading the activity should use some of the information above about Magic: The Gathering to introduce the game. They should explain more about the different colours of mana using the information in the Magic glossary at the bottom of the page.
  2. Everyone should split into smaller groups.
  3. In their groups, everyone should think about which colour they’d choose. Does one colour best suit their personality, or how they might approach solving a problem? Did anyone choose the same colours?
  1. Everyone should get into a pair with another person who chose the same mana colour.
  2. The pairs should chat and try to find one thing they both share in common.
  3. After a minute, each pair should find another pair who chose the same colour and chat again as a group of four.
  4. If there are more than five groups (one for each colour), the groups of four should join together.
  1. The teams should chat about why they chose that colour and take it in turns to share some thoughts with the wider group. Which team managed to find something they all shared in common first?
  2. The person leading the game should explain that a big part of Magic is building a deck and choosing cards that use mana of a colour that suits your personality and play style.
  1. The person leading the game should explain everyone will craft some things to help them play Magic. They should decorate them based on the colours of mana they’ve been chatting about.
  1. At the end of the session, everyone should get back into their coloured groups and share some of their creations.

Get crafting

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Scissors
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Rulers

You will need

  • A4 card
  • Scissors
  • Pens or pencils
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Rulers
  • Erasers
  • Devices with access to the internet (optional)

You will need

  • A4 card
  • Scissors
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Natural materials (optional)

A Magic glossary


In Magic, players craft their own decks by choosing cards that suit their playing styles and strategies. All of the different colours have different strengths and weaknesses, but none of them are better than the others! This activity involved learning some things that were probably new to a lot of people. Don’t forget that everyone learns in different ways. Which part of the activity did people enjoy the most? Perhaps people enjoyed chatting as a group, crafting the play mats, or using their imagination and creating their own creatures.

Give people the chance to share what they’ve made during the reflection. It’s always nice to see what everyone’s created, but sharing their work will also help them describe the activity in their own way and make it more memorable. Are people comfortable sharing ideas? No one should feel put on the spot, but it’s good to give everyone the chance to have their say.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.


Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.