Topic: Drawing Lesson
The kids drew mardi gras masks working from my demonstration drawing, a basic eye mask shape. We brainstormed some pattern ideas (lower left hand corner). They put designs on their mask drawings as they wished and went to town coloring. Then they made real masks from a stiff paper. They folded the paper, drew their own basic 'lens' shape with eyehole shape, and cut this out. Before they cut one must check that everyone has drawn the lens off the fold. The tricky part was cutting out the eyehole. It needs to be pinched a bit and snipped in order to get the scissor in the hole. Once shown, every child was able to do it alone, even the 5 year olds. They do need direction, without much talk, on how to hold the scissors... I made straws out of paper strips rolled on the bias for mask sticks. A little piece of tape at the end keeps the strip tightly rolled. The stick can be taped to the back of the mask. Click the link below to see the kids' masks.
Basic Mardi Gras eye mask