Masks make an ideal part of make-believe play for children, allowing them to assume the persona of any animal or person. Squirrels are common animals most children are familiar with already, which makes a squirrel mask a suitable project for children. Research some of the squirrel species indigenous to your region to make a mask that looks like the squirrels roaming around your neighborhood. If you live in an area without squirrels, stick with a red squirrel mask since they are one of the most recognizable species.
Things You'll Need
- Paper plate
- Colored pencils
- Craft glue
- Cotton ball
- Fake eyes
- Construction paper
- Craft stick
Draw two lines on the back of a paper plate, creating a pie slice shape that is one-sixth the size of the plate. The lines should stretch from the center of the plate and to the edge of the plate.
Color every part of the plate outside of the triangle light brown with colored pencils. Leave the inside of the triangle white like the chin of a squirrel.
Place a drop of craft glue at the center of the paper plate. Stick a pink cotton ball at the center plate on the glue. Allow it to dry it in place.
Glue two plastic eyes above the pink nose on the brown section of paper plate. Allow them to dry.
Cut six pieces of black pipe cleaner to 3 inches in length to make whiskers. Glue three whiskers on either side of the pink nose.
Cut two teardrop-shaped pieces of brown construction paper. They should be 4 inches long and 2 inches wide. Cut two 1 inch wide and 2 inch long pieces of pink construction paper into teardrop shapes and glue them to the center of the brown pieces.
Glue the brown pieces of construction paper to the front of the paper plate so they overlap the side of the plate just above the ears. Position them so the pointy side faces outward, just like a squirrel’s ears.
Draw a W-shaped mouth with black marker on the mask below the nose for the mouth on the white triangle. Draw a couple of square-shaped teeth just below the mouth.
Glue a wooden craft stick to the back of the squirrel mask. Position it below the mouth. When it comes to using the mask, hold the craft stick and use it as a handle to hold it over your face.