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Level: ECE, Primary, Junior, Middle School
Grades: PreK - Gr. 8 | Age: 2-14yrs | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt.]

A simple way to make paper masks.

What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Draw an oval shape on your large piece of paper. The larger the better ... masks can cover more then just the face.
  2. Cut the oval shape out of the paper.
  3. 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).
  4. Draw and cut out where the eye holes and mouth and nose holes (if any) are going to be.
  5. Decorate the mask by using bright crayon colours. Press hard so the colour is nice and bold.
  6. (OPTIONAL) Using the black (or other dark colour) tempera, do a light wash across the crayons. The crayon areas will resist the paint and "shine" through. Let dry.
  7. Now, where you made you made your cuts, fold the paper and staple in place. This will give your mask more dimension.
  8. Glue any decorations you wish on the mask (although with the crayons and paint, it probably won't need much else.)
  9. 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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