Storytelling with props
Book: You're Safe With Me, by Chitra Soundar and Ponnam Mistry
Craft: Mask Making
If we really love a book in our house then often I will use it to start a related craft. We call them storytelling props. We have talked about them previously on The Rainbow Tree. It can simulate further play and extend their learning and imaginative play. This week we posted a book review of the book, 'You're Safe With Me', by Chitra Soundar and Poonam Mistry. Find that review below:
It is a really wonderful story and the illustrations are inspired by Indian fabrics. They have muted colours and are decorated with lots of spots and lines. When I spotted the front cover, the animals adorning it were just waiting to be made into masks. So that is the angle we decided to go down for this craft.
It is up to you whether you make them into proper masks with string, we used fly swatters and made them more into like decorative opera glasses or venetian masks with sticks to hold.
What you will need:
A3 White paper/card
A fly swat/ stick / or string
- Decide which animal face from 'You're Safe With Me', you want to draw to make a mask.
- Turn your A3 sheet of paper horizontally and begin to draw the mask in pencil, using the rubber to adjust any mistakes. Draw all the main shapes in the mask, as well as the eyes.
- When you are happy with the design and shape, cut out the outline and the eye holes.
- Design your mask with the colours used in the book and either copy the design or just use loosely to create your own.
- Talk to your Little Feet as ask them what little shapes they can see in the patterns of the animals in the book. Are there little circles decorating their faces? Any triangles?
- Once finished turn over and place the stick part of the fly swatter into the middle of the mask, so that it lies between both eye holes. Stick down with sellotape.
- If you are masking it into an actual mask you will need to make a little hole in each side and slide the thread through each one and tie in a knot so not to slip out.
- Now play!
The Little Feet have had a lot of play with these masks. And only partially because at the other end is a hand swat...
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