Making paper animal masks is a fun way for kids to let their inner animal out. Snakes, in particular, love to slink and slither around the living room. This craft is perfect for a zoo-themed birthday party or just to use during imaginary playtime. Don't worry, moms, these snakes won't bite. Clear a space and cover it with sheets or newspaper to protect flooring or countertops from unwanted marker smudges. The craft can be constructed with the use of paper plates, construction paper and markers.
Hold the paper plate up to the child's face and mark where the child's eyes are located. Poke two small holes in the centre of the areas where the child's eyes are located.
Insert scissors into the poked holes and cut out the circular areas for the child's eyes. Make the circles approximately the size of a silver dollar.
Draw a green diamond shape on the front of the plate. Draw the tip of the diamond at the top edge of the plate and the bottom of the diamond at the bottom edge of the plate. Make sure you encompass the eye holes into the diamond. Colour the diamond in completely.
Draw a pattern of small diamonds that travel down the centre of the paper plate, using a brown marker. This will create a diamond back pattern.
Cut a long, thin rectangle out of the red construction paper. Hold the rectangle lengthwise. Cut a small triangle out of the edge of the rectangle to create a forked tongue. Place a small dot of glue on the opposite end of the tongue. Glue the tongue approximately 3/4 of the way down the plate.
Add the finishing touches to the snake's face by gluing sequins around the outside of the eye openings. Allow the glue to dry for an hour.
Punch a hole on both sides of the paper plate. Cut an elastic band in half. Tie the ends of the band around each hole. Hold the mask up to the child's face. Tie the remaining ends of the elastic band together, behind the child's head to keep the mask secure.