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Mask Tips
1.  If necessary, tape handles to the back of masks. Good choices for handles are
    tongue depressors, paint mixing sticks, popsicle / craft sticks etc.
2. Ways to use masks for oral language activities include:
     Recite a poem.
     Re-tell a favorite story.
     Tell an original story.
     Sing a song about the mask's character
     Have a conversation with another character.
     Act out a simple play with several other characters.

Elephant Nose Blowers
Anne promotes health awareness and teaches the proper nose blowing technique during this activity which culminates in mask making. 

Materials: Paper plates, facial tissues, glue sticks, markers, hole punch, yarn and
Hap Palmer song, The Elephant.

Description: Young children often have trouble blowing their noses.  This is an 
activity to help them practice.  I start in circle by playing Hap Palmer's 
The Elephant song. We move to the music and then talk about the elephant's trunk.
I ask them to tell me what part of their body is their trunk. We talk about colds and what would an elephant do if he had a stuffy nose. That's a lot of blowing!
I ask them to close their mouths and feel how they breathe through their noses.
Can they feel the air moving in and out? When we blow our noses we need to move air out of there to take away all the stuffiness. But we don't want to blow too hard!
Then I introduce the art activity, making elephant masks to help us practice 
blowing.

At the art area, we color paper plates, gray or brown or whatever color the kids 
want. Those who can use scissors can cut their plate in half and cut holes for eyes.
I help those who need it, usually most of them. Then we glue a tissue along the cut edge of the plate and use the hole punch to make holes in the sides to attach yarn ties. I make myself one, too!

Then with our masks on, we practice closing our mouths and gently blowing with 
our noses to make the tissue flutter. If the tissue moves, we know that we are blowing with our noses!

There are more health awareness activities in the Health Theme.
 

Turkey Mask
Zondie offers this mask saying, "Have the children make their own custom made turkey mask in order to put on a short Thanksgiving skit.

Materials: Large paper plate, brown and yellow tempera paint, red construction 
paper, white poster board, a stapler, child safety scissors, a medium size beak and a waddle pattern, a hold puncher, and any color yarn.

Description: Have the children cut the entire center of a large paper plate out 
and discard the center. Let them paint the outer shell brown. Sit it aside to dry. Next, fold white poster board in half. Place the medium sized beak pattern on the fold and cut out. Open the beak and paint it with yellow tempera paint. Set aside to dry.

Now trace the waddle pattern onto red construction paper and cut out. Once everything is dry, you are now ready to put it together. Teachers staple the waddle onto the paper plate, then staple the beak over top of the waddle. Punch a hole on each side of the plate, and attach a piece of yarn to it. The yarn can be tied around the child's head, and walla - You have a turkey mask.

I took this poem and turned it into a skit. The parents loved it!

Short Skit:  Five Little Turkeys

 Five little turkeys flew around a tree,
 The 1st one said "There's a man I see"
 The 2nd one said "He's coming this way"
 The 3rd one said "It's Thanksgiving Day"
 The 4th one said "What's he gonna do?"
 The 5th one said "He's coming after you"
 Then chop went the ax, before they flew away.
 They all were on the table on Thanksgiving Day.


Monster Masks
Paola encourages the use of fine motor skills as youngsters create their own 
paper bag monster masks.

Material:  Paper bags (one for each child).  Scissors, glue, magazines, recycled materials and felt tip pens.

Description:  Help the children cut out three holes from the bags.  Two holes for the eyes and one for the nose.  It is easy if you draw 2 round shapes for the eyes and 1 
triangle shape for the nose.  Try first with one mask and wear it in order to center the holes properly. Then ask the children to decorate their masks.  I use recycled material such as colorful plastic bags, newspaper cuttings to make hairs, colors, beads, confetti, wool threads etc.  Children are very good at finding ideas.

With younger children I found it easier to cut out cardboard mouths and ears for them to stick on the bag.  While decorating our masks we talk about our faces and our feelings (a red crescent can make a happy or a sad face). The final result is always astonishing. Even if the pattern is the same,  children's decorations and personal ideas make the difference.

When finished and dry we put our masks on, switch off the light and wait for the 
parents to come. It is a great fun to ask parents to recognize their children.
 

Mache Heads
Josie shares this activity for older preschool & kindergarten children by saying, "This activity develops great sharing skills and imagination. It is also wonderful for decision making and fine hand control."

Materials: Balloons, newspaper for newspaper strips, paints, craft materials, cel-mix (available at hardware & craft stores), and child safety scissors.

Description: Mix the cel mix and the paper strips in a large tray. Blow up the balloons and pair off the children. Each pair will cover their balloon with paper. You need to do about 6 layers. Let the paper dry, this will take all day. Cut the balloons in half to create 2 masks. The children can now have their own mask to paint and decorate. These masks will last a long time and are very strong if made correctly. 
 

How do You feel?
Students discuss many different feelings, listen to a story and use fine motor skills to draw with crayons the emotion of their choice on a paper plate mask during this preschool and kindergarten teacher directed lesson plan from Lori H

Materials: Paper Plates (with eye holes already cut out), tongue depressors or popsicle sticks (already attached to paper plates when handed out to the students),
crayons, yarn for hair (optional), book Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis,
glue (for the hair) and a stapler, for teachers only, to attach depressor or popsicle stick to the plate.

Description: Preliminary Readiness Activity:
The teacher will introduce the topic of feelings by asking the students how they 
feel on this particular morning. The Feelings & Emotions Theme has ideas for introducing this topic.
Anticipatory Set:
The teacher will ask, "Has anybody ever had a very good / bad day?"
Then the teacher will ask how that day made them feel. 

Lesson Development:
After a brief discussion of the many different feelings, the story I Feel Silly by: Jamie Lee Curtis is read to the students. While reading the book the teacher pauses at appropriate times to model the corresponding face (Happy face, Mad face) to the children and ask them to do the same.

After reading the book, the teacher & children talk about the book, feelings, and the 
many different emotions. The teacher, at this time, reviews the facial expressions that correspond with each emotion. The teacher shows the students a pre-made feelings mask and explain to the students that they can make a mask. While explaining the teacher can make a new mask while the children watch for further understanding of the instructions

Independent Practice:
The teacher now provides the supplies for the art activity and encourages the students to draw, with crayons, the emotion of their choice (concentrating on the shape of the mouth).

Closure
After the masks are complete the teacher reviews the many different feelings and emotions, along with the corresponding face to go with each. Volunteers share their masks.

Making Life Connections
The teacher discusses with the students that everyone has feelings and how it is OK to feel the way that you do.

Assessment:
The teacher assesses the discussion by the students participation and by the drawings.  Does the face drawn on the mask correspond with the emotion that the 
student says they are drawing? (focus on the shape of the mouth).
The teacher will assess the students listening skills by their participation and responses during the discussion of the book.
 

Go Away Big Green Monster
Preschool & kindergarten children use fine motor control as they cut and they also use sequencing skills during this activity by Suzanne O

Materials: Divided styrofoam or paper plates, green tempera paint, paintbrushes, glue
scissors, construction paper, yarn, hole puncher, velcro (optional) and the book,
Go Away Big Green Monster book

Description: Read Go Away Big Green Monster. List in order the construction of the monster.  You will need to paint the plates first to allow drying time.  Let 
each child construct their own shapes in the order that the book shows.  If you 
would like to "unbuild" the monster, you can use velcro on the pieces. If you wish to make masks. punch holes in the sides of the plates and attach yarn.

Comments: The children loved the masks. I must confess that I did not use the velcro, because I just thought of that option!
 

Valentine Mask
Try making this Valentine mask by Linda D. in February. 

Materials:
1. red construction paper
2 .cotton or lace
3. crayon or makers
4. popsicle sticks

Description: Cut heart shapes from red construction paper larger than children's faces. Cut holes for the eyes and then draw remaining features with crayon or 
 markers. Next, glue the cotton or lace around the outside edge of the heart then
 attach popsicle sticks to the point on bottom of hearts.
 

Easy Paper Plate Theme Masks
Kenna D. helps children create their own original paper plate masks, using different themes, such as;  animals, holidays, people, etc. 

Materials: Paper plates, scissors, scotch tape, yarn, markers, crayons, glue, glitter, buttons, paints, etc., anything that your theme mask might need to use &  popsicle sticks (for hand held masks).

Description: Take the paper plates and after a theme has been decided upon assist the child, as little as possible, to make his or her own mask. Teachers cut eye & nose holes into the mask. Use the back side of the paper plate for coloring or drawing the facial features.  When dry, the mask can be held in front of the face, or holes put in the sides, and yarn attached to tie it in the back.

Comments: This is simple and a lot of fun for all. Some of the kids I've done this with
have saved their masks to play with, again and again. Then we make new ones, Lots of laughs and giggles.
 

Storybook Imagination Masks
Megan H. promotes the use of imagination and creative dramatics when  she encourages children to participate in this mask making activity. 

Materials: A story book, I like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, paper plates - 1 for each child, tempera paints, glitter, feathers, sequins, etc.

Description: Read the story you have picked out a couple of times and discuss it so that the children really understand it.  Have each child pick their favorite character 
from the story.  Help the children make masks out of their paper plates to resemble their favorite character. Make sure there is one child for each main character.
While they are making their masks, you may want to read the story again.  When the masks are done, help the children "put on a play" with their storybook masks. They may want to trade masks and characters and repeat their play several times.

When I did Goldilocks, we just set out three chairs, three bowls, and three pillows.  You could also add costumes if desired, but children are great at using their imaginations, so it's not necessary.
 

Circus: Elephant Mask
Here is a mask from Danna H. that can be included in your preschool or kindergarten circus or animal theme. 

Materials: Paper plates, gray construction paper for ears (or if you choose - color or paint paper for the ears), 2" by 9" strip for nose, paper for eyes or use wiggle eyes.

Description: Talk with children about the different jobs that an elephant might have in the circus. Such as pulling heavy loads and putting up tents. Also, how they like to eat peanuts and how they spray water with their trunks. Provide paper plates & let children color or paint them gray. Give each child 2 ears cut from gray paper or choose to color ears out of different paper. The older preschoolers can cut out their own ears. Fold the 2" by 9" strip accordion style for a nose. Glue all the pieces together. You can make own eyes out of paper or use some wiggle eyes. 

Comments: The children really like to use the wiggly eyes instead of making their own. I almost always have the children cut out their own ears. It's funny to see how they all come out different.
 

Circus: Lion masks
Youngsters use fine motor skills and engage in dramatic play during this mask making activity from Daphne G

Materials: Paper plates, glue, yellow yarn or crepe paper streamers, yellow or brown construction paper, scissors, crayons or felt markers, narrow ¼ inch elastic or tongue depressors and for the teacher a stapler.

Description: Teacher preparation: Pre-cut yarn or crepe paper streamers for the
lion's mane. Trace small triangle shapes on construction paper for ears - 2 per child. 
Cut elastic about 6 to 10 inches long to go around the child's head.

Have children draw the lion's face on the back of the paper plate with crayons or felt markers.  They can cut out the triangle ear shapes. Glue or staple the ears and mane to the plate. If older children are allowed to use the stapler, then teachers must assist and closely supervise the children. The children may need assistance with cutting out the eye holes. Teachers staple a piece of elastic to the mask (to go around the child's head). Or you may staple a tongue depressor to the bottom of the mask for the child to hold.

Children use their masks to:
1.  Tell what a lion looks like.
2.  Tell where you would go to see a lion.
3.  Tell what a lion can do in a circus.

Comments: Three year olds will need more assistance to draw the lion's face and cut the ear shapes.
 

Easy Lion Mask
Young children create their own idea of what a lion looks like during this mask making activity by Darlene J.

Materials: Paper plate, orange paint, yarn, tongue depressors, wiggly eyes and markers, cut ears out of construction paper for the youngsters.

Description:
1.  Have child paint plate orange (allow to dry).
2.  Have children decorate their lion with the material listed above. 
3.  Glue tongue depressor to the back of the plate.
4.  Children's masks are ready to use.
 

Nylon Mask
Stimulate creative expression, encourage role playing and foster language competence with this activity by Kelley M

Materials: Wire clothes hanger, nylon stocking, glue, yarn, masking tape, fabric, felt scraps and child safety scissors.

Description: Teachers bend the hanger into a diamond shape and bend the hook end to form a handle. Stretch a nylon stocking tightly over the hanger and pull the end of the stocking over the handle. Tape the stocking to handle. 
Cut out facial features from felt and fabric and glue onto the mask. Glue yarn on for hair
 

Paper Plate Pigs Masks
Children explore materials during this farm mask making activity by Lisa G

Materials: Paper plates, pink paint, cupcake liners, wiggly eyes, tongue depressors &
glue.

Description: Provide all materials in center of a table.  Ask the children to paint their paper plates pink.  Next, children glue on a cupcake liner where they want to place the nose.  Then glue on eyes and a tongue depressor to create a paper plate pig mask.
 

Animals: Walrus Mask
Michele W. shares this mask saying, "During our winter theme we always spend some time talking about animals that live where it is winter all of the time.  One animal that we discuss is the walrus."

Materials: Paper plate (8 inch), brown paint, brown, black, white construction paper,
and large craft stick.

Description: I pre cut a half circle shape in the paper plate, this is where the 
children will look through. This project takes us 2 days.  On the first day we paint the paper plates brown. These we let dry overnight so that the glue will dry the next day.  The next day the children trace out a large heart shape out of brown construction paper - this is glued upside down on the bottom part of the mask.
A black circle is added to to the heart for a nose.  The children then cut out two long strips for tusks (in the shape of long skinny bananas) which are then glued to the back of the heart. We then tape or glue a large craft stick to the back. The children truly become walruses once they put these on these masks.
 

Animal Masks
Rachel shares this mask making activity saying, "Kids can create their favorite animal through this fun art project!"

Materials: Pre-made masks (can be bought at a local art store), or construction 
 paper in the shape of a head.
                         Yarn
                         Feathers
                         Glitter
                         Markers or crayons
                         Paint
                         Construction paper
                         Glue
                         String (optional)
                         Popsicle sticks (optional)

Description: The pre-made masks can be bought at a local art or craft store. 
Before the activity, adults can use an X-Acto knife to cut out the eyes and 
mouth if kids want to wear them.

Kids then use yarn, glitter, feathers, and other material to create their favorite creature. Construction paper can be cut out to create ears, whiskers, or other parts.
After, discuss with kids why they chose that particular animal. Holes can be cut 
on the sides and tied with string so that kids can wear masks. An alternative idea 
is to glue popsicle sticks to the inside front of the masks so as to enable a handle 
for holding.
When they're done, they can make the sounds of their favorite animal!

Comments: Young children may need assistance with gluing and cutting materials. 
 

Face Mask of Yourself
Angie says that, "The object of this activity is to let the children express themselves through pictures."

Materials: You need old magazines, paper plates, craft sticks, child safety scissors, and glue for this activity.

Description: You need to cut out spaces in the paper plates for the eyes.  Let 
the children cut out objects that they feel describe them (favorite color, food, 
etc.).  The children then glue the objects onto the paper plate and they also glue the 
craft stick on for holding the mask.
 

Paper Bag Masks
Ola F. encourages youngsters to construct paper bag masks and demonstrate emotions with this preschool and kindergarten craft activity.

Materials:
1. One large paper bag for each child
2. Child safety scissors
3. Crayons
4. Transparent tape
5. Glue
6. Paper strips or yarn
7. Small paper cups

Description:
1. Develop a "feeling" discussion before the construction of the  masks.
"How can you tell if a person is happy?"
"How do you act when you are happy?" 
"How can you tell when a friend is sad?"
"Was there a time when you felt scared?"
"What makes you mad?"

2. Prepare the bags ahead of time by cutting out the eye holes.
3. Have the children use crayons to draw a face representing a particular 
    emotion. Each child may choose his or her emotion to illustrate.
4. Use small paper cups for noses and paper strips or yarn for hair. Glue these 
    into place.
5. Ask the children to take turns putting on their masks and displaying the 
    particular emotion. Simply accept what the children say and acknowledge how 
    they feel when they are expressing their emotions. 

Comments: Children will be really very happy doing this activity.
 

The masks in this theme can be used in many of the Resource Room themes. 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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