Use a paper plate and some paint to begin your animal transformation.
- Paper plates (dinner or dessert size)
- Pipe cleaners or string
Cover your work surfaces in preparation for a program that uses paint and glue.
Print the basic template design to help the kids get started if needed.
Collect books and pictures of various animals to have available during the program to help inspire the kids and provide them with some ideas for the shape of animal faces and their colours.
1. Read the book Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox to the group for inspiration. Show the kids some pictures of different animals. If any of the kids are interested in a particular animal, find a picture of it. Briefly discuss the different shapes and colours of the various faces.
2. Hand out the paper plates. Suggest that the kids try to design their masks using a single plate. Show them the template(s) you have as an example, explaining that the basic parts can be trimmed and shaped to resemble their animals. If they want to make an animal with large facial features (e.g. an elephant’s ears and trunk, or a moose’s horns) they may need additional plates.
3. After they design and cut out the pieces of their masks, use the glue and tape to put them together.
4. Paint the masks suggesting that the kids refer to the pictures for colour selection and patterns.
5. Allow the paint to dry a little. To wear the mask, attach pipe cleaners or string to the holes at the side of the mask or attach them with tape at the back of the mask.
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel
Animals that Changed the World by Keltie Thomas
The Wolf-Birds by Willow Dawson
Lesson for the Wolf by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
Ojibway Clans: Animal Totems and Spirits by Mark Anthony Jacobson