Paper Plate Masks
Small white paper plate -- (the flimsy kind, not Chinet) , scissors, string or yarn, hole punch, construction paper, paint, markers and/or crayons
Use a small white paper plate as the base for a child's mask. Cut two holes about where the child's eyes will be, then punch one hole on either side of the paper plate and tie a piece of string or yarn through each hole. This will be what you use to tie the mask on the child's face. Once that's done, you can turn the plate over so you're working on the back side and decorate however you and your child wish. You can make a lion mask by painting the back of the plate yellow and gluing strips of yellow construction paper around the edges of the mask for a mane. You can make a bear mask by painting the plate brown and attaching two small brown circles of construction paper to the top of the mask for ears. Or you can let your younger child color as he or she wishes to create a fun abstract mask, a la mini-Picasso!