Now that school is out, are you looking for a fun craft activity for the little elves in your life?
Look no further for a quick and easy craft that is a hit with the preschool/early elementary crowd. Our family created Santa masks with supplies you probably already have at home. My testers are 5 years, 3 years, and 1 year and they all enjoyed it. Well, the 1 year old mostly enjoyed stealing cotton balls and playing peek-a-boo with the masks, but he was in on the fun and we had some quality family time.
One of the best parts about this craft is the fun doesn't stop once the craft is made. You can use your Santa mask for acting out a play or story, for fun attire, or just for being silly and making each other laugh.
- Paper plates
- Cotton balls
- Red felt
- Yarn/String/Elastic (if you want to be able to wear the mask without holding it)
- Template for Santa hat
I used a Santa hat template downloaded from About.com Family Crafts, which we then cut out in red glitter felt (leftover from our Felt Christmas tree craft).
Working hard gluing cotton balls to make the Santa hats.
I recommend letting the Santa hats with cotton balls dry well before attempting to attach it to the paper plate. We learned the hard way in the storm of falling cotton balls!
Once you've attached the Santa hat, get creative drawing on a face and gluing on the beard.
You can either leave the mask as is and hold it up to play or you can punch a hole on each side and run a piece of yarn, elastic, or ribbon through to complete the mask and wear it.