It’s the circle!!! The circllleeee of….a paper plate! And a paper plate is the shape of a Lion’s head! Making it the world’s most perfect ‘Circle of Life’, Lion King craft! A Mufasa mask from the Lion King to be exact!
Okay, probably a little bit of a stretch, but you have to give me points for trying. And, you get a sweet Mufasa from the Lion King mask out of the deal.
The best part? These simple (and cheap!) paper plate crafts keep my boys busy for at least an hour. This Mufasa mask kept them busy for an hour and two minutes to be exact. Not that I was counting…
That’s a win-win in my book!
Whether you plan to head to the theaters and see the new Lion King movie this weekend, and want to ‘dress up’ a little or just want to bring a little Disney magic home, have fun enjoying this simple craft! Let’s bring a Mufasa mask from the Lion King into your home!
Lion King Mufasa Paper Plate Mask
String About 16″ Long
1. Step One
Gather up all your supplies!
If you plan to make a couple of masks, be sure to plan accordingly with all your supplies.
Setup a spot for painting.
2. Step Two
Paint the paper plates! We used a washable crayola paint so both boys could get a little messy.
Put the plates aside to dry.
Using a paint brush a low key way to have your kiddo practice proper pincer grasp. The feedback provided by the paint on the paper can be very rewarding for a little one.
There are lots of different pencil grasps, but by the time a kiddo hits kindergarten or first grade, having an appropriate grasp is going to make writing so, so much easier!
3. Step Three
Cut your construction paper into strips. The size doesn’t have to be exact, but making the strips long enough to glue into a mane helps.
We have been working on cutting skills over here, and cutting construction paper into small strips is a great practice activity.
Use caution with scissors and make sure your little one has the correct hand position.
Thumbs up towards the sky (meaning the thumb is up in the scissor loop) and then snip away!!
4. Step Four
Time to check your plate! Is the paint dry? If so, let’s keep roarin’ forward!
…Sorry I couldn’t resist!
Take your crayon and draw a nose and two spots where the eyes will be. Add in whiskers and other details if you want.
Cut out the spots for the lions’ eyes. Due to the angle of the paper plate, it might be a little tricky for little ones to cut the paper plate.
5. Step Five
Glue on that mane! We used a liquid washable glue, but you can play around with different types of glue to attach the Lion’s mane.
We found that glue sticks do not work well if you have a coated paper plate, especially if you want to add a lot of layers to your mane.
6. Step Six
Add two hole punches and your string. Your Disney’s Lion King inspired mask is ready to go!!
Using a single hole punch is a GREAT hand strengthening activity for littles. It might be tricky for them to complete at first (some of those hole punches are tough to use!), but give a little help and it will get easier!
Now, go, get workin’ on your roar!!
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