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Bark Tribal Masks

Recently, we played around with painting on texture and painted on bark from our wood pile.  We enjoyed painting the bark. Our finished bark had a very tribal look to it. It was cool and they reminded me of tribal masks. Since that day, I have wanted to try to make tribal masks using bark and paint. It took a few weeks to get to, but we finally had an opportunity and a couple of good pieces of bark to work with.
Bark tribal mask craft for kids. Painted nature arts ans crafts.

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Paper Plate Rudolph & Friends Inspired Masks

Paper Plate Rudolph & friends character masks - Christmas Crafts for the kids

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This holiday season with our daughter has been a fun one. She has a greater appreciation and understanding of the holidays this year & all the magic and wonder in her eyes make my heart smile. This is the first year of her watching the Christmas classics with us. She has enjoyed each and every one. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer was on the other day. At first it frightened her because of the Abominable Snowman, but once we explained that he was nice, she loved him.

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Paper Plate Shape Monster Masks

Build a shape monster mask - we did this at a recent Halloween craft party for the kids & it was a huge hit.

A friend of mine had a Halloween craft party for the kids this weekend. There were cocktail weeny mummies, a backyard graveyard, pumpkin cookies & a variety of fun Halloween themed crafts. My friend had asked if I could help with one of the crafts. I jumped at the chance to be able to do a group craft with the kiddos. Since monster crafts are fun & so easy to make, we decided to make monster masks. My daughter helped me prepare for the craft on the morning of the party.

We pre-painted the paper plates in a wide array of colors for convenience. We let them dry & glued Popsicle sticks on the back for the mask handles.

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I cut different shapes for the mouths, noses, tongues, eyebrows & horns out of foam. I purchased several packages of googly eyes for the project.

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The kids each picked their favorite colored mask and sat on the floor armed with glue sticks & shapes.

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It was great to watch all of their smiling little faces working so hard creating their masks. When they were finished, they all showed me their finished creations. There were lots of laughs & lots of roars.

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All of the children had a great time. They continued to craft the day away by painting pumpkins, making ghosts and painting witch faces.

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‘Home’ Inspired Paper Plate Masks

Home Inspired Paper Plate Masks

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Last weekend we took a mini vacation to the beach with some family friends. We had a great time & made some wonderful family memories.

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The drive to the beach was long though & the drive home seemed even longer. Mai’s uncle downloaded her a movie on the Ipad before we left for our trip. It was for just in case she started getting punchy during the drive. She did great the first hour, but then started to get antsy. We started the movie for her. It was Dreamworks ‘Home’.

As we drove, all I could hear were squeals & laughter coming from the backseat. She loved the movie & quickly started to imitate the characters.

My daughter loves to pretend play. To encourage her pretend play, we often make paper plate masks. Last night, she very enthusiastically helped make ‘Home’ – inspired masks. Here is how.

What you will need:

A paper plate for each mask

Paint in purple, blue, white, light brown, dark brown, red & green

Craft sticks

Purple foam or construction paper

Glue gun (for adult use – use caution)

Black sharpie

Directions:

Draw a slightly curved lined about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of a paper plate.

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Paint on the top of the line in purple. I helped my daughter by painting a strip of purple for her along the drawn line. I let her paint the rest.

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Paint under the purple in blue.

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Outline between the blue & purple with a darker purple & then draw a curve to form Oh’s uniform. Paint a purple circle in the middle of the curve as show, Paint in the white’s of the eyes & use a Sharpie to draw in the mouth & eyebrows. The face does not have to be perfect. Your child will know who it is supposed to be.

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Cut long ovals out of purple foam & glue them to the side of the head.

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Glue two craft sticks together & then glue them both to the back of the mask.

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Paint in the eyeballs to finish off your mask.

Paper Plate Mask - Inspired by Oh from the movie home

To make a Tip – inspired mask:

Paint the plate in light brown.

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Paint in the hair using a swirling pattern to form curls. The headband is optional.

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Draw in the face. Markers work best on smaller details.

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Paint in Tip’s green eyes & her sweatshirt. Add the craft sticks for the mask handle.

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Mai could barely wait until these were finished. She stood next to me anxiously waiting for the masks to be ready.

She loved them of course.

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Paper Plate Team Umizoomi Masks

Paper Plate Team Umizoomi Character Masks - Milli & Geo

I love doing daily crafts with my daughter. It is fun to see what she can do & to come up with new ideas together. There are days when I can’t think of anything. I get a sort of crafter’s block. Luckily for me, when I can’t think of anything, my daughter weighs in her own ideas. Last night she wanted to make Umizoomi crafts. We were going to make egg carton Umizoomi characters, but as it turned out, we had use up all of our egg cartons. We decided to make paper plate masks instead.

Paper Plate Team Umizoomi Milli & Geo Masks

What you will need:

Paper Plates

Paint (red, blue ,pink, peach, yellow & white)

Red foam

Sharpie

Glue

Craft Sticks

Directions:

Lightly draw a circle on the bottom of your paper plate as shown.

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Paint within the circle with the peach paint & let it dry.

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Paint a yellow outline around the peach.

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Paint the rest of the plate in blue to form Geo & then in pink on another plate to form Milli.

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Paint in the hair & eyebrows on both characters. Use a sharpie to draw in the eyes & mouth. Add in a little tongue & cheeks for Milli. Dab a bit of white into the eyes.

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Glue two craft sticks together & then glue both sticks to the back of the plate to form your mask handle.

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Meet Milli

Team Umizoomi Milli Paper plate mask

…And Geo

Team Umizoomi Geo Paper Plate mask

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‘Inside Out’ Paper Plate Masks

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Yesterday we took our daughter to the movies to see ‘Inside Out’. She had been asking us to go all week & finally broke us down. She was so excited all morning & could hardly wait until we got there.

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I knew that our daughter would love it, but I had heard mixed reviews & was not sure how I would feel about it. As it turns out, I loved it too. It was full of emotion, which made sense since all of the characters were actual emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger & Disgust all played a part. I found myself crying through much of the movie. My husband even got a little choked up during it.

When we were leaving Mai asked us if we could go again tomorrow. “Maybe not tomorrow, baby.”

Joy was her favorite character. When we got home she wanted to change into a green dress because Joy wore a green dress. “I wish I had blue hair.” she told me. She started calling me Disgust & calling her daddy Anger. “Disgust, can I have some more juice please?” Even our dog Duke became a part of it. He was Sadness. All she could talk about the rest of the day was the movie. It seemed only fitting that we made a craft inspired by it.

Since she wanted us all to play our parts so badly, I thought that masks would be the most fun.

We painted 5 paper plates, one in the color of each character. We painted peach for Joy, blue for Sadness, green for Disgust, purple for Fear & red for Anger. We let them dry.

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We did Sadness first.

I cut white ovals out of construction paper to make the eyes. I drew in eyeballs with magic markers & then glued the eyes into place.

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I used another paper plate as a template & cut the hair out of construction paper.

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I drew in eyebrows & then formed Sadness’ glasses out of pipe cleaners & glued them into place.

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We finished off our mask by drawing in the nose & mouth & I used a lighter shade of blue paint to paint in the turtle neck of her sweater. I used blue magic marker to add the sweater’s details. I added two craft sticks to the back for the mask’s handle.

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Inside Out Character Paper Plate Mask - Sadness

We finished off the rest of our cast of characters in the same fashion using construction paper & magic markers.

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Inside Out Character Paper Plate Mask - Joy

ANGER

Inside Out Character Paper Plate Mask - Anger

DISGUST

Inside Out Character Paper Plate Mask - Disgust

FEAR

Inside Out Character Paper Plate Mask - Fear

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Paper Plate Wig Masks

IMG_34041My daughter loves to pretend play. She has a vivid imagination & it is fun watching her explore her world of make believe. She loves to play baker and bake us beautiful cakes. She will take the little cherries out of he Hi Ho Cherry-o game and decorate her stacking cups with them and make tiered cakes. Last week when I didn’t feel good she made me a bowl of chicken soup complete with ABC magnets & a plastic drumstick. Delicious!

One of her favorite cartoons is Sheriff Callie. She has a cowboy hat that she wears & a pink hamper that she calls Sparky her horse. Giddy Up Sparky.

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She loves wearing dresses & twirling around & saying “Look Mama, I look like a princess.” Yes you do.

With her growing interest with the world of dress up & make believe, I thought we could have a little dress up fun.

Paper Plate Wig Mask.

What you will need:

Paper plates

Yarn

Glue

Pipe cleaner or string

Scissors

Directions:

Cut a whole out of two paper plates following the line of the first inside circle in the plate.
Cut a hole out of two paper plates following the line of the first inside circle in the plate.
Glue the two paper plates together for a sturdier mask base.
Glue the two paper plates together for a sturdier mask base.
Measure out how long you want your bangs to be & cut a piece of yarn at the desired length.
Measure out how long you want your bangs to be & cut a piece of yarn at the desired length.
Measure out and cut several more pieces of this length.
Measure out and cut several more pieces of this length.
Glue the bang pieces into place. Do not worry about them lining up perfectly, you can trim them later.
Glue the bang pieces into place. Do not worry about them lining up perfectly, you can trim them later.
Trim along top and cut until flush along the curve of the plate.
Trim along top and cut until flush along the curve of the plate.
After you have placed your bangs, add a strand of yarn on the out edge of the plate following the curve of the plate about a 1/4 of the way down & then let the yarn hang straight down & cut to desired length,
After you have placed your bangs, add a strand of yarn on the outer edge of the plate following the curve of the plate about a 1/4 of the way around & then let the yarn hang straight down & cut to desired length.
Add another piece of yarn  right up against the other following the same pattern. Do this until you have worked your way to the inner edge & then switch sides & repeat.
Add another piece of yarn right up against the other following the same pattern. Do this until you have worked your way to the inner edge & then switch sides & repeat.
Continue  until both sides are finished.
Continue until both sides are finished. Trim the uncovered portion of the plate.
Insert a pipe cleaner or string between the two plates or to the the back of the plates to create the backing to your mask.
Insert a pipe cleaner or string between the two plates or to the the back of the plates to create the backing to your mask.

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And for the boys…

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Cut out a half circle within your paper plate.
Sketch out & cut a mustache shape.
Sketch out & cut a mustache shape.
Start with one side of your mustache, laying down strand by strand similar to above.
Start with one side of your mustache, laying down strand by strand similar to above.
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Working from the top end of one side of your mustache work to the edge of the plate and follow downward along the curve of the circle until you meet the opposite side of the mustache.
My big kid enjoyed his mask too.
My big kid enjoyed his mask too.

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30 Farm Animal Crafts & Activities

It has been a busy year and we have not been posting nearly as much as we would have liked. We are ready and hoping to get back into the crafting swing of things. Last year was a big year for us with the release of our first children’s book, ‘Farmer Pete Has Stinky Feet.’ We are getting ready to print our second book and couldn’t be more excited. But, before that hits the presses, we wanted to share with you a collection of fun farm animal crafts, in honor of our favorite stinky farmer.
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Paper Bowl Yarn Heads

Paper bowl heads & faces with yarn hair. A fun arts & crafts project for kids

My daughter & I love making paper plate masks. We have made tons of them together over the years.  Last week, I made her a Shopkins one as a surprise. Last, my little girl want to make a craft of her own. She asked me where the paper plates were & I told her. She came back with a bowl instead. She said she wanted to make a girl. “Mama. are you going to make a boy or a girl?” I told her that I was going to make a girl too, just like her.

Paint the paper bowl in a flesh tone & let dry. After the paint dries, glue large googly eyes onto the bowl.

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Use markers to draw in the rest of the face. Cut lengths of yarn to form the hair & glue into place however you like.

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My daughter’s girl had long brown hair with a bow.

Paper bowl heads & faces with yarn hair. A fun arts & crafts project for kids,.

Try different hair styles with the yarn & draw in different expressions or faces. We had a lot of fun making heads. My daughter even came her girl a hair trimming to try to even out her end. Adorable!

Paper bowl heads & faces with yarn hair. A fun arts & crafts project for kids.

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Shopkins Inspired Paper Plate Mask

My daughter loves the Shopkins. We have a bunch of those little Shopkins baskets and characters all around our house. My daughter loves all of those little characters.

Paper plate mask inspired by Shopkins Green Apple Blossom - kid's character crafts and activities for pretend play

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What she also loves are masks, more specifically paper plate masks. I have made her many over the past couple of years & we still have every one. Our latest is inspired by the green apple from Shopkins.

We have a ton of pre-painted paper plates left over from a mask making activity that we had at a kid’s craft party, so I just grabbed one of those.

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I drew a simple flower on white foam using a green outline with magic marker & drew a simple stem on brown foam.

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I cut out the flower & the stem & glued them to the top of the plate.

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I cut a worm out of pink foam and leaves out of green. I drew in details to both and added googly eyes to the worm.

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I glued extra-large googly eyes to the plate & drew in the rest of the face using Sharpies.

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I added the little feet in at the bottom to finish it off.

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My little girl loved her new mask.

Paper plate mask inspired by Shopkins Green Apple Blossom - kid's character crafts and activities for pretend play

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