A mask-making project with paper plates is ideal for preschool. These masks are simple to make and can be incorporated into lessons about types of weather and the seasons. They can be used at story time and as props during a singing session. Sing songs such as "The Sun Has Got His Hat On" and "You Are My Sunshine," and enjoy a class full of sunny faces.
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Use a plain paper plate as the base for this craft. Have an adult cut out the centre of each plate so there is a large enough circle for the child's face to peek through. Cut a large quantity of triangles out of orange and yellow construction paper to use as the rays of the sun.
Making the Mask
Have the children decorate the orange and yellow paper pieces with marker pens or by gluing on glitter and sparkly shapes. This will make the craft a little more complicated and turn it into a longer activity. It also helps the children to personalise their masks. When the pieces are dry, have the children glue them into position around the circumference of the plate. Either glue the different colours in a pattern or let the children apply them at random.
Glue on a craft stick or tape a dowel rod to the back of each plate so the child can hold the mask in front of his face. Have him peek through the centre and show him how he looks in a mirror or take a photograph. Flower masks can be made in the same way and have more scope for variety in terms of colour and petal shape.
Solid Sun Mask
As an alternative, make a solid sun mask from a paper plate by just cutting out eye holes instead of the whole centre of the plate. Add the sun's rays in the same way as before. Children can then paint the centre of the plate and draw on a smiling face, adding a nose and mouth. Some children may prefer to have a solid mask to hide behind if they are shy or nervous.
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