Your students will love painting and decorating these masks for a classroom celebration or Lunar New Year parade!

What You Need

  • Paper plates, one per student
  • Paint in assorted bright colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Glue
  • Tissue paper in assorted bright colors
  • Cardstock

What You Do

  1. Have your students paint the cardstock with bright colors. Set it aside to dry.
  2. Hand out the paper plates and have your students paint the backs of the plates in any color. Set the plates aside to dry.
  3. Have your students cut strips of tissue paper while the paint is drying.
  4. Once the cardstock is completely dry, have your students cut out shapes to decorate the masks. Suggest that they make shapes for a dragon — such as horns, noses, and spikes.
  5. When the paper plates are completely dry, help your students cut two eye holes into each plate. They will be wearing the masks themselves, so the eye holes should be roughly sized for each student.
  6. Have your students glue the tissue paper strips and the cardstock shapes to the masks. Set the masks aside for the glue to dry.
  7. Help each student cut a length of string long enough to go around the child's head and fit snugly to hold the mask up.
  8. When the glue has dried, have your students punch one hole on each side of the plate. Then they can tie the string on each side.
  9. You may need to go around and adjust the string as needed to keep the masks on.