Things You'll Need
- White poster board
- Black construction paper
- Popsicle stick
Masks help to foster a child's creativity and sense of imagination by helping him embrace more fully the worlds and scenarios that children envision when they play make-believe games. Letting kids create their own masks not only empowers them, but also opens their eyes to the endless possibilities in the world of arts and crafts. There are all kinds of masks that animal-loving children can construct. A simple one to introduce kids to the craft of mask-making is with a cow mask.
Trace a large bell shape on a piece of poster board. Make sure your outline fills the majority of the paper.
Round the edges and bottom portion of your bell.
Cut out your bell shape and set it aside. The is the face of your cow.
Draw two identical egg shapes on another piece of poster board. Each egg should be slightly smaller than an actual egg.
Cut them out and set them aside.
Draw two identical cones about 1½ inches high on your remaining poster board. Cut them out.
Glue each egg-shape to either side of the top of your cow's face. These are its ears.
Glue each cone shape to the either side of the top of the cow's head, pointy side upwards. These are the cow's horns.
Hold the mask up against your face as you normally would with one hand. Hold a pencil in your other hand and feel where each of your eyes is beneath the paper. Make a little mark to denote where your eyes are with the pencil.
Put the mask down and cut circles around each pencil marking. These will be your eye holes. Make sure you create eye holes that are large enough to see out of.
Cut two to three spots and squiggly shapes out of black construction paper. Glue them onto the face of your cow.
Glue a Popsicle stick to the back of your cow mask, just beneath the chin. This will be the holder.
Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."