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How to Make a Hippopotamus Mask

Updated April 17, 2017

A hippopotamus, or hippo, is a wild animal that can live in water and on land. Hippos usually spend the day swimming in rivers or lakes, and wandering on land to graze at night. They often are recognised by their large mouths and small ears. Teach youngsters about these giant beasts by crafting a fun hippo mask, using basic household and crafting supplies.

Turn the paper plate over, so that the bottom is on top. Paint the bottom of the paper plate, using brown paint and a piece of sponge. Let the paint dry.

Cut the plate into the shape of a hippo face. The top should be more narrow than the bottom ---- almost like a pear shape.

Draw in the eyes, nose and mouth, using markers. Cut out the eyes with the X-acto knife or similar cutting tool. The mask eyes should align with the child's eyes.

Cut small ears from the construction paper. Glue or tape at the top of the plate.

Colour in little black dots near the nose and mouth area. To make whiskers, glue short lengths of pipe cleaner to the dots and flatten down.

Glue a Popsicle stick to the bottom of the plate to make a holder. Or for a hands-free mask, staple a rubber band on opposite sides of the plate and wrap around head.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plate
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sponge
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Construction paper
  • X-acto knife
  • Black pipe cleaners or wire
  • Popsicle or craft stick
  • Tape or glue
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About the Author

Since 2008, Jen Kim has been a professional writer and blogger, working for national publications such as Psychology Today and Chicago Tribune affiliates. She holds a Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University.