Armadillos are unique creatures that can make for equally unique costumes and masks. Native to the central, southern states of the U.S., armadillos delight many wildlife lovers in their special ability to roll up into an armoured ball for protection against predators. Making wildlife masks is an excellent way to teach children about the animal world through art. Masks can be made in any species, including armadillos, allowing for children's creativity to run as wild as the animal world and all the amazing creatures who inhabit it.
Hold a paper plate over the face of the costume wearer and lightly sketch with your pencil the location of their eyes, nose and mouth.
Cut out ovals for the eyes and mouth of the costume wearer.
Punch two additional holes on either side of the mask approximately 1 inch in from the outer edge, above the location of the costume wearer's ears. Tie an 8-inch string through each of the holes to be used for tying the mask around the wearer's face.
Roll a piece of construction paper into a cone shape by folding one corner in towards the centre of the paper and rolling the paper over itself. Secure the cone shape in place by running a bead of glue or piece of tape along the edges of the paper. The cone will be used to create the long snout of the armadillo.
Fold the part of the cone that is only one layer of paper thick at the opening of the cone down, over the opening of the cone creating a base for attaching the nose to the mask. Apply glue or tape to the back of the base and secure the snout nose in place on the mask over the location of the costume wearer's nose.
Cut out two 4-by-3-inch rectangles from your construction paper. Use scissors to trim off the top corners of the rectangles in a rounded fashion creating the basic shape for the armadillo ears. Fold the bottom 1/2 inch of the ears up, creating a tab for securing the ears to your mask. Make a small slit in the centre of the tab and fold the two sides of the tab in towards each other slightly to give the ears shape.
Run a bead of glue or strip of tape along the ear tabs and secure them to the top edge of the armadillo mask.
Decorate the armadillo mask with paints and markers to your liking. Place the mask over the costume wearer's face and secure it in place by tying the two strings together at the back of her head.
Don't stop with just an armadillo mask; complete your armadillo ensemble with an armadillo body and tail. Cut armadillo scales out of fabric scraps and sew or hot glue them onto the back of an old sweatshirt in a layered pattern creating the hard shell of the armadillo. Armadillos also have a long stiff tail. Sew a long tube out of fabric or use an old tube sock and stuff it firmly with old fabric scraps to give it shape. Attach the tail to the back of your shirt or trousers with a large safety pin to complete the full armadillo costume.