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Level: Junior, Middle School
Grades: 3-8 | Age: 8-14yrs | Written by: Carla Fontenot
[Carla is a 3rd grade teacher at King's West in Bremerton, Washington.]

Students can create wild and wonderful animal masks using balloons and paper mache.


Students will create a 3-D animal or mask, paying close attention to details such as; color, shape, size, texture and facial features.

Participation: Students should demonstrate a willingness to learn about other cultures by positively contributing to the discussion at least twice during the lesson.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Students blow up balloons.
  2. Mix half glue and half water mixture into container.
  3. Student dips newspaper strips into mixture, wiping any extra off into the container with index finger and thumb.
  4. Student lays strips onto the balloon, covering the balloon with at least two layers.
  5. Hang over newspaper to dry.
  6. Students may need to add another layer to balloon and repeat the drying process.
  7. When dry, teacher needs to cut the balloon in half with an exacto knife.
  8. Student chooses one half (2 students can share one balloon).
  9. Using masking tape and newspaper, student builds up eyes, ears, nose, and other features.
  10. Cover with another layer of strips covered with glue mixture.
  11. Let dry.
  12. Student is ready to paint. Cover entire mask with one base color.
  13. Let dry.
  14. Paint details.
  15. The animal mask is ready to display in the hall with a report or essay.

More Information:

National Geographic Animals for Kids

Recommended Books/Products:

Making Masks
A step-by-step guide.

Making Masks (Kids Can Do It)
Masks are a great way for kids to explore, play and have fun. Step-by-step instructions make the thirteen unique masks featured a snap to create and decorate.

EduCraft® Animal Color-Me™ Masks (pk/24)

EduCraft Animal Color-Me-Masks (pk/24)

Fun-filled animal masks to decorate with markers. Great for dramatic play and celebrations! Includes cardboard masks in assorted printed designs, elastic cord, non-toxic markers and instructions. For even more fun, add fun fur, sequins and other trims. 8-1/2" x 10-1/2". Features lion, frog, tiger and wolf. Includes a FREE EduCraft Guide.

Animal Masks Activity Pack (pk/24)

Animal Masks Activity Pack (pk/24)

Kids can design and make their own animal masks, each of them unique. Pack includes 24 blank precut masks in assorted animal shapes, elastic cord, animal skin paper, tissue and construction paper, assorted pompons, jumbo chenille, fluff feathers, Color Splash non-toxic glue and instructions.

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