How to Make Policeman Masks or Puppets for Kids

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How to Make Policeman Masks or Puppets for Kids
Use strips of newspaper to make a paper mache mask. (newspaper image by Angelika Bentin from Fotolia.com)

Children love to pretend that they are policemen. Make a policeman mask or puppet to stir your child's imagination. This is a quick, easy and fun project when you use a basic paper mache procedure. You won't even need to visit a crafting store -- supplies for this project are inexpensive and easy to come by. It's also appropriate to have your child help with this project.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Balloon
  • Bowl
  • Flour
  • Glue
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Wooden dowel
  • Glue

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Blow up a balloon until it is about the size of a head. Tie the end of the balloon in a knot.

  2. 2

    Mix equal parts flour, glue and water in a bowl to make a paper mache paste.

  3. 3

    Tear strips of newspaper and dip them in the paste mix. Drape the damp strips over one-half of the balloon. Let it dry.

  4. 4

    Pry the hardened paper from the balloon and paint it a skin colour. Let it dry. Then paint a mouth and eyes onto the face. Let these dry.

  5. 5

    Paint the outline of a blue police hat on top of the face, where a hat would hit. Let it dry. Paint a silver oval in the centre of the hat to look like a badge. Let it dry. Write the word "Police" over the badge with a black pen.

  6. 6

    Glue a wooden dowel to the bottom centre of the mask. This serves as a pole that you use to hold the craft over your face or to move your puppet. To use your craft as a puppet, bob the police face above a small puppet theatre stage.

Tips and warnings

  • Wash any mixture from your hands to prevent stained clothes.

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