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Level: Primary and up
Grades: K and up | Age: 5yrs and up | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt.] Illustration: Geoff Slater

Masks are a way to make kinderart faces,
that lift and transport us to new and wild places.
From a bird to a beast to a sad happy clown,
masks make you laugh, make you jump, make you frown.
Using paper and scissors and objects you find,
You can make masks of all colors and kinds.



Historical: Creation: Appreciation:

What You Need:
What You Do:

When making masks, take the opportunity to discuss masks from around the world. Children could even take part in a discussion about how everyone wears different "masks" from day to day... when we are sad, happy or scared.

  1. Draw an oval shape on the large piece of paper. The larger the better... masks can cover more then just the face. Cut the oval shape out of the paper.
  2. At both the top and bottom of the oval, make a 1" cut. (You will later take these cuts, fold the paper across itself and staple so the mask has some dimension).
  3. Draw and cut out where the eye holes and mouth and nose holes (if any) are going to be.
  4. Decorate the mask by using bright crayon colors or bright paint colors.
  5. Even more details can be added with magic markers and crayons.
  6. Now, where you made you made your cuts, fold the paper and staple in place. This will give your mask more dimension.
  7. Glue found object decorations on the mask. Anything from feathers and string to beads and tissue paper.
  8. Staple string onto the mask so it can be tied around the head.

An excellent resource for masks from all over.

Recommended Books/Products:


African Punch-Out Masks
by A. G. Smith, Josie Hazen
Kids can make their own masks.

The Art of African Masks
by Carol Finley
Exploring Cultural Traditions

The Cedar Plank Mask
by Nan McNutt
This best-selling series offers the only activity books that teach children about Northwest Coast Indians. Each book includes various games and activities, plus a teaching guide.

Masks Tell Stories
by Carol Gelber
Looking at masking traditions around the world, from ancient Greece to the present day, an illustrated guide explains the use and meaning of masks and shows their relation to the structure of society.

Press-Out Masks to Make and Decorate from Around the World
by Vivien Frank, Deborah Jaffe
Contains ten full-scale traditional ceremonial masks--inspired by such faraway places as Japan, New Guinea, and Bolivia--that can be removed, decorated, and worn with the included elastic bands.

by Alice K. Flanagan
A lively book that teaches children about masks of the world.

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