Distinct Dispositions


Facial expressions are often the first clues to people’s moods. Create a mask that shows a Distinct Disposition.


1. Break into small groups. Identify a mood that kids your age usually have, such as thrilled, worried, or puzzled. What adjectives describe the features on people’s faces when they’re in this mood? How do their eyes, mouth, and eyebrows look?

2. Make a mask that shows the mood your group described. Sketch a large face and hair on paper with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. If you change your mind or make a mistake, they erase easily.

3. Draw large eyes, a nose, mouth, and other facial parts that show a Distinct Disposition. Cut out the face and eye holes with Crayola Scissors.

4. Cover your art area with newspaper. Color the face and hair with Crayola Oil Pastels. Blend and polish the pastel colors with your finger or a bit of paper towel. Don’t they feel luxurious?

5. On separate paper, draw and color accent pieces such as glasses, a tiara, or a baseball cap. Cut them out and attach them to your mask with a Crayola Glue Stick.

6. Add details such as tears, diamonds, or sparkling eyes with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry the glue.

7. If you want to wear the mask, punch holes on each side of the mask. Thread elastic through the holes and knot.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Costumes & Masks— CAUTION: When children wear hand-crafted costumes and masks, make sure the crafts do not obstruct the child’s vision, hearing, or impede movement. Do not use feathers, fabric, or raffia on wearable costumes and masks because these items do not pass costume flammability tests. Wearable masks are those held in place on the face with elastic, yarn, or other materials. Keep away from open flames.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • Students with special needs may benefit from discussing pictures of different facial expressions or observing themselves in mirrors as they change their expressions. They may also need assistance in cutting out the eyes on their masks.
  • Display all the masks and try to identify the moods expressed in each. Group them by mood. What are the similarities? Differences?
  • Put on a skit about moods and dispositions.
  • Create exaggerated clown faces to tell a story.

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crayola supplies
  • Crayola® Oil Pastels
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks
  • Glitter Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • hole punch (optional)
  • elastic (optional)
  • paper towels (optional)



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12
  • Special Needs


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students realize that facial expressions often reveal the emotions a person is feeling.

  • Students recognize that a mask can hide the real feelings or identity of a person.

  • Students create a mask that shows details of a distinct disposition.


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