Encouraging your kids to use their imaginations helps them to be creative and solve problems. One way to teach your child to use his imagination is to give him a mask of an animal, such as a cheetah, so he can pretend to be that animal. With the right materials, you won't even need to buy a mask. Using mostly household items, you can create the mask in about 10 minutes and your child will be able to "play pretend."
Punch a hole into a paper plate at about the 2 o'clock and 10 o'clock positions. This hole should be on the fringe part of the plate, about half an inch from the edge. Tie each end of a 1-foot string of elastic into the punched holes. The elastic should loop around the back of the plate, so that when you put the plate on your face, the front is facing out.
Put the plate on your face so that the elastic is in the back of the head and the front of the plate points forward. Mark the place where your eyes are with a pencil, or have someone do it for you. Take the mask off and cut out these holes so that you can see through the mask. You can also create a hole for the mouth, if desired.
Draw a triangle for the nose. The triangle should be an equilateral triangle with 60 degrees in each corner. It should point down so that the flat, bottom part of the triangle is closest to the eyes. Colour it in with a black marker or crayon.
Cut out two more triangles of the same shape, only a little bigger, from orange construction paper. Glue one triangle at the 1 o'clock position and the other at the 11 o'clock position. These will be the cheetah's ears.
Draw the mouth by extending a black line from the bottom point of the nose. This should extend for about 1 inch. Create a line that curves out both to the left and to the right. It should intersect with the line that comes down from the nose. Each side should look like a shallow "U." Draw little dots between the mouth and nose section to mimic whiskers.
Colour the entire mask orange and draw black dots all over, including the ears. You can leave the bottom half of the plate white to help it look like a face, but it will still look like a cheetah if you colour the whole thing.