Lion King Mufasa Paper Plate Mask
String About 16″ Long
Yellow or Orange Washable Crayola Paint
Construction Paper (Red, Orange, Brown and Yellow)
1. Step OneGather 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 TwoPaint the paper plates! We used a washable crayola paint so both boys could get a little messy. Put the plates aside to dry.
Therapeutic Note: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 ThreeCut 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.
Therapeutic Note: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 FourTime 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.
Grown-ups: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 FiveGlue 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 SixAdd two hole punches and your string. Your Disney’s Lion King inspired mask is ready to go!!
Therapeutic Note: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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