Bird Mask

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Bird and animal masks are great when teaching the animal kingdom, life cycles of plants and animals, and ecosystems. They can be used to provoke discussions and explorations on how animals adapt and survive in different habitats.  Animal masks can also be used in literacy such as readings and plays.

Suggested Reused Materials:

  • poster board or cardstock for mask face
  • fabric scraps, magazine or colored paper scraps, rope, buttons, etc for feathers and details
  • elastic, ribbon, or string for head band

Project Steps:

  1. Cut poster board into rectangles and trim two soft curves symmetrically on the bottom.
  2. Using a sharp pencil, poke two holes on the left and right side of the mask.
  3. Cut holes for eyes.
  4. Bend the rectangle in the middle to provide a ‘beak-like’ structure.
  5. Layer paper over the mask to create the bird.
  6. Dress up with other trim for fun!
  7. Measure elastic to fit the head and cut.
  8. Attach elastic to the back by securing with strong tape or glue

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Applications Across Subjects:

Math
  • Measuring
  • Geometry
ELA
  • How-To books (about making the mask)
  • Non-fiction writing about birds
  • Fiction writing
  • Acting out how birds live and work
Social Studies
  • Birds around the world
  • How birds live and work together
Science
  • Birds as part of the animal kingdom
  • Birds that live where you live
  • Life cycle of birds
  • Animal adaptations
  • Animal habitats
  • Creating bird characters and stories based on habitats and environmental conditions
Social & Emotional
  • Wearing the bird mask to make talking about feelings easier
  • Character traits that birds have/need

Other reuse projects inspired by our feathery friends in flight:

Parrot puppet (Creative Infusion - Summer 2013)

Parrot puppet (Creative Infusion – Summer 2013). Materials reused: large spool for the parrot eye

Owl Mask (Summer 2013 - Creative Infusion): Lots of feathers!!

Owl Mask (Creative Infusion – Summer 2013). Materials reused: Posterboard, fake fur, leather

Eagle mask (Creative Infusion - Summer 2013): Feathers and trim

Eagle mask (Creative Infusion – Summer 2013). Materials reused: posterboard, trim, leather, raffia, and Victoria’s Secret bra straps

Penguin mosaic (Creative Infusion - Summer 2013): beads, buttons, jewelry

Penguin mosaic (Creative Infusion – Summer 2013). Materials erused: beads, buttons, CD case

Chicken Mask (Creative Infusion: Summer 2013). Materials reused: Posterboard, feathers, fake leaves, fabric wallpaper, ribbon

Chicken Mask (Creative Infusion: Summer 2013). Materials reused: Posterboard, feathers, fake leaves, fabric wallpaper, ribbon