Children have so much to express, but they don’t always have the words or language skills that they need to share their feelings. Arts and crafts are such an amazing way to engage in mindfulness. These emotion masks are a great way to practice that mindfulness, really spend time to look inward and express what they are feeling to those around them in a unique way that does not require words.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper plate (9-inch coated)
- Assorted crayons
- Dark colored paint
- Medium pompom
- Large popsicle stick
- Penny (not in the bag but I know you have one somewhere in your house)
It is our mission here at “In the Bag Kids’ Crafts” to make crafting with your kids actually do-able, no matter how busy life gets. Creating is a great way for kids to learn and grow, but also, it’s just dang fun and can bring families together in amazing ways. In order to help you find the time, we have a unique approach that we hope you will adopt too. Every craft here is made form the same master list of supplies that fit into one bag. By sticking to this list, you are always ready to make something, no matter how little time you have. And you have access to hundreds of crafts to choose from, without ever having to buy one more thing at the store (because who has time to constantly be running to the craft store anyway!?!) Happy crafting!!!
Step 1: Color
- Using crayons, color the middle circle on the bottom of the plate in a random design, varying the colors as you go.
- *Cover the entire center circle and use heavy pressure on the crayon so that there is lots of wax on the bottom of the plate.
Step 2: Paint
- Place the plate on the newspaper and squeeze out a small puddle of paint.
- Pinch the pompom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush”
- Paint the entire middle of the plate, covering the crayon design completely. You may need to go back and add a second coat if the crayon is peaking through.
- Let the paint dry thoroughly.
Save this activity for later! Pin it to your favorite Pinterest board…
Step 3: Scratch
- Once the paint is completely dry, use the penny to scratch out a face that shows how you are feeling today. You can also scratch out a picture of something that expresses your emotions (eg-heart, sun, etc.)
- You can repeat this process to make scratch art of other emotions for using to express yourself when words are not enough.
Step 4: Add the Handle
- Tape a large popsicle stick onto the bottom of the plate to use as a handle. This will make the scratch art into a mask.
I had a special chance to share this craft with my friend, Hank the Health Hero. It was so much fun to be a part of what they are doing to help children grow up healthy, both mentally and physically. Check it out…