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
- Hole punch
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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