How to make animal masks for children

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How to make animal masks for children
Making animal masks is inexpensive. (mask image by Renata Osinska from Fotolia.com)

Whether required for a school project or as a rainy-day activity, mask-making is craft in which children of almost any age can participate. Using supplies commonly found at home or that are readily available at a craft store, creating animal masks can be inexpensive and fun. Making animal masks is a hands-on activity and a creative way for children learn about the animals they see in books, magazines or on television.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • White paper plate
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • White glue
  • Yarn
  • Pom poms
  • Felt squares
  • Construction paper
  • Elastic
  • Hole punch

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose your animal thoughtfully. Some animals may require more intricate detail than others. If a child is creating the mask or helping an adult to make the mask, consider his age and crafting ability before deciding on an animal. A pig, bunny, dog and cat are relatively simple while a lion, tiger or dragon mask may require more dexterity.

  2. 2

    Cut holes for the eyes. Hold the paper plate in front of the child's face and carefully use a pencil to mark a light dot where his eyes are. Cut out the two small circles in the plate with scissors.

  3. 3

    Paint the plate. For a realistic look, use colours as close as possible to those of the living animal. Since paper plates have a slight curvature to them, the back or bottom of the plate should be used to make the animal mask. This will allow for a more comfortable and natural fit.

  4. 4

    Add a nose, ears and mouth. Paint a nose and mouth on the face of the mask or glue ears and facial features cut from construction paper to the plate.

  5. 5

    Add distinguishing animal details. Use black paint, black pom poms or small pieces of black felt for a leopard's spots. Cut black felt into stripes and glue to an orange mask to create a tiger. Cut yarn into 2- to 3-inch pieces, attaching it to the perimeter of a mask, to create a lion's mane. Attach pipe cleaners near the nose to emulate an animal's whiskers.

  6. 6

    Attach the elastic. Hold the plate mask to the child's face to estimate how much elastic is necessary. Use a hole punch to create two holes in the mask just above where it hits the child's ears. String the elastic through one hole and secure with a knot. Place the mask on the child's face before securing the second knot to ensure the elastic is not too long.

Tips and warnings

  • Foam craft pieces may be used in place of a white paper plate.
  • Pom poms, buttons or stickers may also be used as noses.
  • Masks may be glued to a wooden craft stick instead of using elastic.
  • For a more open mask, cut the bottom of the paper plate off just below the nose before painting begins.

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