Children find animals, such as cheetahs, fascinating. The scientific name for cheetahs is Acinonyx jubatus, but the Hindu word for cheetah actually means "spotted one." In fact, cheetahs are big yellowish cats that are covered with black spots. They are considered one of the fastest animals, with the capability to run 65 miles per hour. Children will enjoy creating a cheetah mask out of a paper plate, and then running around pretending to be quick like a cheetah.
Lay several sheets of paper over your table to protect it from the paint. Then put on a smock or apron to protect your clothing while making the cheetah mask.
Flip a paper plate upside down and cut out two circles to form the eye holes of your mask.
Paint the surface yellow. This is the base colour of your cheetah.
Wait for the yellow paint to dry. This may take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Then paint on plenty of black spots.
Paint a triangular black nose underneath of the cheetah's eyes, and then add a line under the nose to form a mouth.
Cut three black pipe cleaners in half. Glue three pipe cleaner halves on each side of the cheetah mask to form whiskers.
Cut two triangles from a sheet of black felt. Glue them to the top of the cheetah mask to form ears.
Punch one hole in the middle of each side of the mask and thread a 12-inch piece of yarn through each. Tie one end in a knot while the other end hangs down.
Put the mask on and tie the two loose pieces of yarn around the back of your head to keep the mask in place.
If you don't have black paint, you can use a permanent black marker. If you are not good at painting your own cheetah, use a template.
Tips and warnings
- If you don't have black paint, you can use a permanent black marker.
- If you are not good at painting your own cheetah, use a template.