Playing dress up is one of the many wonders of childhood. As a matter of fact, my youngest son wore his Spider Man costume for an entire year…really! He only stopped wearing it because all the seams were ripping out and the legs up to his knees (plus I threw it away while he was sleeping…hey, a mom has to do what a mom has to do). Aren’t there days when you just want to be someone else for a little while. This rainbow mask kids’ craft is a fun addition to any costume or enough to just wear on its own. How could anyone be sad while they have something like this on…THEY CAN’T!
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper plate (9 inch coated)
- 2 pipe cleaners
- Black Sharpie marker
- 4 colors of medium sized pompoms (mine took 17 for the biggest row)
- Elmer’s glue
- Cotton balls
- Hole punch
In case you are new around here, let me remind you that if you make up your kit according to the instructions on the “fill your bag” page, you will not only have everything you need for this craft, but everything for every single craft on this site! Just think, hours of fun with your children at your fingertips. You prep once and then let me do all of the hard work coming up with idea after idea. Happy crafting!
- Draw a line across the middle of the plate with the sharpie. Add a small arch in the middle for the nose and 2 ovals on each side for the clouds.
- Draw eye holes as pictured
- Cut on the lines to form the base of the mask
- Use the hole punch to put a hold on each side of the mask, just above the ovals
- Apply a generous layer of Elmer’s glue
- Place a line of pompoms, all the same color, on the outside edge of the plate. Add extra glue as needed. Do not put pompoms in the oval area. Leave this open for the cotton clouds.
- Repeat this process for each line in the rainbow.
- Be careful not to glue a pompom directly over the holes punched on each side which will be used for the “tie”
*A rainbow does not have to be just the traditional colors. Your rainbow can be whatever colors you choose.
This is a great activity for working on identifying colors and sorting. Mix the pompoms up and ask your child to “find a red pompom”, etc. If that is too much of a challenge, hold up just 2 pompoms and ask them to “find red”, etc. from just those limited options. You can also start out by sorting the colors into separate piles. Then line them up and count how many of each color you have. So, as you prepare for making this beautiful and fun mask, you have worked on promoting color identification, matching, sorting, counting, fine motor coordination, isolation of the index finger (when counting) and potential for working on addition and subtraction, and patterns. So many skills promote…and they’ll be having so much fun they won’t even know they’re learning.
- Pull a ball of cotton so that it is fluffy. Repeat until you have enough cotton for each cloud.
- Use the Elmer’s glue to put some cotton at the end of the rainbow on each side.
- Attach a pipe cleaner into each hole to use as a “tie” for the mask
- Put the mask in place and twist the pipe cleaners together at the back
- Have fun!!! And make other items to go with your costume if the inspiration hits.
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