Trace handprint onto construction paper or coloured cardstock.
We prefer yellow -- it's a mardi gras color and is light enough to decorate.
Trace a second handprint. Try to keep your fingers spread about the same as you did the first time.
Cut out both handprints.
Overlap the palms of the handprints with the fingers facing up the same way and glue.
Glue the whole thing onto a sheet of thin cardboard (cereal box).
Make sure you glue the edges firmly so they don't peel up during play.
After the glue is dry, cut out your mask -- this may require adult assistance.
Cut a circle for eyes in the palm area of each hand.
Decorate your mask however you like -- I actually prefer it with just the handprints and maybe a green or purple line of marker or
glitter glue around the eyes. I find if you decorate too much, you lose the fact that it's hands.
If you'd like to practice fine motor skills, encourage the children to draw a border with purple marker all the way around the mask.
If you're using straws, slide one straw into the other one
I crimped the end of one straw.
Kaitlyn struggled for 5 minutes to slide the one straw into the other and finally managed it -- she was very determined to do it herself. Heaven help the mommy who tried to assist!
tape the joint of the two straws.
not all straws are created equally.
Our straws were sturdy enough to hold the mask without bending
(after about 4 hours of heavy duty play, we had to reinforce ours
If yours aren't sturdy, wrap them once all the way up in scotch tape or
masking tape before attaching them to the mask. This will
Optional: Tape some feathers to the end of the straw.
We'd used a bendy straw for the top, so could tilt the feather end a