Theatre Crafts for Kids

Lion Mask
Tape on newspaper for the snout.
Tape on newspaper for the snout.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Make a Lion Mask in this theatre craft that celebrates a Chinese New Year tradition. On the third day of the Chinese New Year the Lion Dance begins. Some people believe putting money in the lion's mouth will bring them luck! Why not try your own luck with this indoor craft?

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • 2 paper egg-carton sections
  • Tape
  • White glue
  • Water
  • Measuring cup
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spoon
  • Tempera paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Beads
  • Sequins
  • Feathers
  • Ribbon scraps

How to Make Lion Mask:

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Cut a slit in each side of the paper plate. Pull the edges of each slit together, and overlap them. Staple the edges together. This will bend the plate into a face shape.

Step 2: Tape on the egg-carton sections for bulgy eyes. Make a fist-size ball of newspaper, and tape it in place for the lion's snout. Crumple up some newspaper, and put it under the mask so it will keep its form while you work.

Step 3: Tear 7 to 8 newspaper pages into strips. Mix 1/2 cup white glue with 1/2 cup water in a large mixing bowl. Soak the newspaper strips in the glue/water mixture.

Step 4: When you take the strips out of the mixture, run them between your fingers to remove the excess liquid. Cover the mask front with a layer of newspaper strips. Let the mask dry overnight.

Cover mask front with newspaper strips.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Step 5: Add a second layer of strips; smooth the strips over the mask with your fingers. Let the mask dry overnight.

Step 6: Paint the mask with two coats of red tempera paint. Let dry.

Step 7: Paint on the lion's mouth; decorate the mask with beads, sequins, and feathers. Tape a loop of ribbon to the back of the mask to hang it on your wall.

Decorate the mask with beads and sequins.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

The next theatre craft is a mask that get hilarious results, and more than likely a few smiles, out of magazine clippings.

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