Let’s Make A Mask

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let's make a mask

This is the first in a series of DIY art activities for kids.



The Lion and the Mouse

By Jerry Pinkney

Sometimes even the king needs help . . . and little friends may prove to be great friends. In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's stunningly rendered wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted.




  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Paper Plate
  • Dowel (if not on-hand chopstick, straw or bamboo skewer)
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick or Hot Glue Gun (with adult supervision)
  • Permanent Marker
  • Oil Pastels
  • Watercolour Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Yogurt Container or Cup for Water
  • Scrap Pieces of Cardboard Pieces
  • Accessories such as pipe cleaners, pom poms, feathers, foam paper, jewels
  • Piece of Elastic Cord or a stick (popsicle stick, branch or dowel) to affix to the back of the plate

WHAT to do

1. Think of an animal or character for your mask.

2. Draw a picture of what you want your mask to look like.

3. Have an adult help you to cut holes in your plate for eyes, a nose and a mouth.


4. Have your adult poke a small hole on either side of your plate and lace a piece of elastic cord through so that you can wear your mask once it’s finished. Or glue a stick to the back of your plate.

5. Cut out pieces of cardboard or foam paper to make ears, a mane or whiskers or anything else you’d like your creature to have.

6. Draw shapes or lines to show what your mask will be. If it is a lion maybe you could draw wavy lines to show fur. Don’t forget about adding these details to the cardboard pieces as well.

7. Now let’s add some colour to your creature by using oil pastels and watercolour paint to bring it to life. You’ll need to let your mask dry for a few minutes.


8. If you’re using cardboard pieces now is a good time to glue those pieces to your paper plate.

9. Once your mask is dry, make it even more special by adding things like feathers, pipe cleaners, yarn, jewels, or anything bright and colourful you find in your house. If you are having trouble keeping these pieces on your mask you will need to have your adult to use a glue gun to stick it to the plate.


10. Now put your mask on and become your character!

Add Some Drama & Music

  • What sounds does your creature make?
  • How does your animal move?
  • What does your animal eat?
  • How would your animal say hello or talk?
  • Write a biography for your animal character.
  • Write a story or a play that stars your animal character.
  • Choose a song that represents your character.
  • Sing the song and create an interpretive movement piece. Add it to your play.

We'd love to see your masked creatures! Leave us a comment below or share it with us on social media.