King of the Jungle

[ 0 ] March 27, 2007 |

Lion Masks
Lions have been living in our house for years now. Many of the characters from books, theater and movies come to life in our living room, where our boys put on shows almost daily. I am not sure which lion book first got the boys’ attention, but seeing the Lion King on stage at PPAC last year was mesmerizing.

We made these simple masks at home from paper plates so the boys could put on their own production of The Lion King. My son E shared his mask with his nursery class – it inspired almost all the kids to make their own.

DIY | Lion Masks
– paper plate
– hole punch
– pipe cleaners
– scissors
– paint or markers
– string or elastic
– optional: felt, paper

Use a pencil to mark the eyes, nose and mouth on paper plate and then cut them out. Let the kids paint, draw or glue paper onto plate. Hole punch around the edge and twist pipe cleaners to create mane. Use elastic string to tie one side to the other, so the mask will slip on and off your child’s head.



– The The Lion King soundtrack.

– African mask making at PBSkids.

– If you want to go beyond the lions in the jungle, Making Masks by Renee Schwarz is full of more great ideas.

Category: crafts, free / cheap

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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