This is based on an idea from Amanda at Educators’ Spin On It. I love these masks — most masks don’t work well with glasses, they either slide off the glasses or fit poorly under them. But these fit right on the glasses and stay up, because the glasses stay up. I thought they’d be a perfect craft for the Great Glasses Play Day.
Download a printable version of this tutorial (pdf).
What you need:
- 1 craft foam sheet. (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ was the perfect size)
- stickers or markers to decorate
- Place your child’s glasses in the center of the foam sheet with the bottom of the frames touching the bottom edge of the sheet. Use the pen to mark where the arms of the glasses meet the lenses on each side (at the hinges).
- Now trace the top of your child’s glasses and the sides, making sure to stay on the inside of the marks you made at the hinges.
When you take the glasses off, you should see something like this:
- Now draw the shape of the rest of the mask. It could look like ears, or a super hero, or a fancy ball mask. Zoe wanted a butterfly shape. Cut out the mask.
- Cut small slits where you marked the arms of the glasses.
Make sure not to cut all the way to the bottom of the mask. At the end, you should have something like this:
- To put the mask on, you slide it on to the glasses.
- But don’t forget to decorate it with markers and stickers!! (it’s easiest to do that if you take the mask off the glasses first).