Super Power-Boosting Masks

Why

Create Native American-style masks. Those who wear them are thought to be granted super powers! Imagine what powers your mask might have.


Steps

1. Research the types of masks worn by various Native American tribes, both past and present. Compare masks from North, Central, and South American cultures. For what are the masks used? How do the forms and colors on the mask reflect these uses? Some masks were believed to give their wearers extra powers. Think of super powers you would like to possess! Imagine how those powers might be reflected in the shape and colors of your mask.


2. Use a clean, dry paper plate for sculpting a mask. You may wish to form a crumpled newspaper armature on which to shape your sculpture. Use masking tape to hold the paper in the form you want.


3. Press out a slab of Crayola Air-Dry Clay and place it on your armature. Mold a mask that could contain the powers you identified. Will the mask be in the shape of a face, animal, or an imaginary creature?


4. Create forms on the mask that represent the powers it holds. For example, lightning bolt lips could make you a very fast talker! Use craft sticks or other modeling tools to mold, cut, and impress detailed designs on your mask. Add thin, twisted rolls of clay for hair, beards, or other decorations.


5. While it is still wet, lightly paint your mask with Portfolio® Series Watercolors. Choose colors that will enhance your powers, too. For example, if you want to be a better swimmer, you might paint your mask blue. Air-dry your mask for at least 3 days.


6. Add a coat of one or more Crayola Tempera Mixing Mediums for amazing surface effects to match the mask’s powers. Choose from Texture It!, Pearl It!, and/or Glitter It! Air-dry your mask before displaying it.


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.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Modeling Tools—Use the least dangerous point or edge sufficient to do the job. For example, craft sticks, plastic knives and forks, and cookie cutters can cut or carve modeling materials.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points

Adaptations

  • Gather into small groups and write skits that use the super powers depicted on the masks. Present skits to students in younger grades!
  • Create a mask for a favorite actor, hero/ine, musician, athlete, educator, leader, or other positive role model to celebrate that person’s skills.
  • Research masks from several different cultures (such as Native American, African, Japanese). Compare and contrast the appearances, functions, and materials of each.
  • Assessment. Students present their masks to each other. They identify the powers of each mask based on the forms sculpted.

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • Portfolio® Series Acrylic Paint
  • Arts & Crafts Brushes
  • Air-Dry Clay
  • Tempera Mixing Mediums
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • Party Express paper plates
  • craft sticks
  • paper towels
  • masking tape
  • container(s) of water

Overview

grades

  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12

subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Children explore the uses of masks in Native American cultures.

  • Children identify forms and make connections between forms and functions.

  • Children imagine and create forms that symbolize powers and abilities they would like to enhance for themselves.

Cirriculum

Research Canada Standards
Research UK Standards
Research U.S. Standards