Transformation: Dressing up, wearing a mask, using our imagination are all ways to transform, to transform into another being.
One key skill the young child learns through this transformational play is empathy. As a child transforms into a Rabbit about to be snatched up by a fox, they begin to feel the feelings of that rabbit. To expand upon this we can help them shape shift by making masks.
Making masks also develops fine motor skills, patience, hand eye coordination and more. This craft will require your help – so it can be a family ‘in breath’ as Kelly described in our newsletter, a time where we are present together. Masks can be as simple or elaborate as your children can imagine. This is also a great craft for older siblings to be a part of.
What you need:
- Felt (felted wool sweaters work great too)
- Glue (optional)
- Buttons, feathers, sequins and other fancy decorations
1) Decide what you would like your mask to look like (encourage your child to draw a picture so you have a better idea of what they are imagining)
2) Draw the outline on your felt, including where the eye holes should be- measure to fit your child
3) Cut out your felt
4) Cut holes on the sides or stitch on the string or elastic
5) Use elastic (if you have it) or thick string to tie your mask on
Glue feathers on or other lightweight decorations on
If this was a fun project for your family and you want to make more masks, there are some great templates online. I really enjoy First Palette’s animal mask templates!