Most children above two years of age will be able to complete this craft with very little help from you. In fact, its meaning is clearer if they do not have help!
Tell your children that they are going to make sincerity masks – masks that show feelings.
Talk a little about feelings.
Talk about a few common emotions: happiness, anger, fear, surprise, guilt, etc.
Children should decide by themselves what kind of mask they will make, so be sure they understand emotions.
Set out a variety of craft supplies that can be used to create masks.
You might provide:
• cardboard or heavy cardstock
• colored construction paper
• paper plates
• yarn, string, or elastic
• crayons, markers, and pencils
• paste or glue
• scissors, stapler, etc.
Use your imagination – and let children suggest additional ideas for materials.
When the masks are done, talk about how masks hide our real faces. They hide our emotions, too. We may feel very happy wearing a sad mask. The mask is not our true feeling. You see a sad person, but what you get is a happy person.
Teach children that masks are not sincere.
Talk about how important sincerity is:
People want to know who you really are and what you really feel. They do not […]