Duration: any

Age: toddler, child

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun, Mind Builder


Make your own lion mask. It’s lots of fun to wear and ‘roar’.

With a little imagination and a few craft supplies your child can become any animal they want to simply by making a mask. Here’s some easy steps to make a lion mask so you can roar away.

It’s also a great activity to help your child begin to distinguish between different shapes and colours.

You will need:

  • Paper plates or firm cardboard
  • Paper and paints or coloured construction paper (ideally white, yellow, black, orange, pink & brown)
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Elastic or a Paddle Pop stick or straw

Get started

  1. Cut out a large circle of cardboard big enough to cover your child’s face or get your paper plate ready.
  2. Paint it yellow and allow to dry.
  3. If you are painting your paper you’ll need to cover entirely each piece in black, brown and orange and allow to dry. You’ll also need a small piece of pink paper for the tongue and white for the eyes.
  4. Using the finished image as your guide, from your coloured paper cut one set of the following for each:

    • 6 whiskers (black)
    • 1 set of eyes (black and white) or these can be cut out of the mask so your child can see through.
    • 1 nose (black)
    • 1 mouth (black)
    • 1 tongue (pink)
    • 1 set of cheeks (orange)
    • 1 set of ears (orange)
    • About 20- 30 strips for the mane (brown)
  5. First add the orange cheeks, then mouth, tongue and nose. Glue all the mane pieces around the outside, then add ears, whiskers and eyes. Cut eyes out from the mask at this stage.
  6. Then create a hole in each side of the mask and thread through ribbon or elastic to secure to your child’s head. Or,  you can add a Paddle Pop stick or straw to the back of the mask to simply hold in front of your child’s face or use as a puppet.

Our tip – make the lion mask and use this as part of the Jungle Safari activity