How to Make Paper Animal Masks

Written by megan shoop
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Many children enjoy playing make-believe, especially when the games involve pretending to be an animal. Animal masks make these games seem more real and making them can be a great way to fill a rainy afternoon. When the masks are finished, you can teach your children a little about the animal they made--- what they eat, where they live and so on. Gather several children together and have them make animal masks from the same part of the world. Create a game to go with the masks, instructing the children to use their new knowledge to act like their chosen animal. Use these things to put a spin on hide-and-seek and tag.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper plates
  • Pencils
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • String

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  1. 1

    Paint the back of each plate the appropriate base colour for each animal. Use pink for a pig, yellow for a lion or grey for an elephant. Paint stripes or spots over the base coat as appropriate for zebras, tigers, cheetahs and leopards.

  2. 2

    Draw a face for your animal, including a nose, mouth and large circular eyes about the size of a quarter. For animals with long noses, draw the appropriate shape and cut it out. For instance, for a horse, draw the long nose starting near the middle of the plate and down to the bottom. Cut away extra plate along the nose's edges.

  3. 3

    Make ears, manes and whiskers with the edges of the plate. Draw ears on the edge of the plate and cut them out. For a lion, snip a fringe into the edge of the rest of the plate's edge. For a cat's whiskers, snip fringe only near the cat's mouth. For a zebra or horse, snip fringe between the ears for a forelock.

  4. 4

    Cut out the eyes of each mask by poking a hole in the edge of each circle with scissors and using the opening to snip along the circle's edge. This creates holes so your children can see.

  5. 5

    Punch holes on either side of each mask, close to the edge and parallel with the eyes. Tie a piece of string to each hole and tie the strings together behind each child's head to hold it on.

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