Making an African mask can be a fun project for your home or your classroom. Whether your class is studying African cluture or you're just getting ready for Halloween, African masks are a good way for kids to let their creativity show. Arfrican tribal masks can be made with many items you have around the house already.
Making an African Tribal Mask
Take a large piece of paper and draw the shape of your mask. This shape should be large enough to cover a child’s face. You can make an oval mask, a rectangular mask, a triangular mask or one in a shape of your choosing. The key is to include a child in the making of the mask.
Use scissors to cut out the mask's shape. Cut holes for the eyes and the nose. Hold the mask up to the child’s face to decide where to cut the holes.
Use markers or paint to draw the lips and any designs for your mask. African tribes use different shapes to mean different things. Let the child pick a shape and talk about what the shape means.
Use stones, beads, sticks and shells to decorate your mask. African tribes use everything in their surroundings as part of their culture, so putting beads or sticks on your mask makes it realistic. Glue the stones, sticks or beads to the mask.
Have your children or students put on their masks and read them a story about African tribes.