Age: toddler, child
Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun, Parties celebration
Plain paper plates become the canvas for these wearable works of art.
Children to love to play dress-up. And parents should be glad for it: These make-believe play sessions are great boosts to kids’ imagination and their understanding of what’s real and what’s not. As a bonus in this activity, the masks are as fun to make as they are to wear while playing.
A Dashing Disguise
- Fold a plain paper plate in half and cut a small triangle in the center to create a nose. Then cut out the eyes. (Blunt toddler-safe scissors make it difficult to cut out tiny details, so you may have to do the cutting for them.)
- Have your child decorate the mask with crayons, paint stamps, and glitter glue.
- Help her glue on pieces of fabric to create funny hats or hair.
- Punch holes on either side of the mask, and thread a shoelace through as a way to fasten the mask.
Wall Wonders: When your child is finished playing with her masks, you can create a whimsical wall hanging for your child’s bedroom or playroom by mounting three masks in a row on a rectangular piece of cardboard and then frame.