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Accessories for the Body

Newspaper clothes

Marker pens
String, wool etc
Staples and stapler
Paint, crayons etc


Draw around the child's shoes or feet onto cardboard and cut out the shape. Cut out 2 extra thin strips of paper (or use string) and staple together to make a 'flip-flop' type shoe.


Tear and stick sheets of newspaper around a child to form a cloak, long skirt, coat, apron, etc.


Simple cone shapes which the children can decorate are easy and stay well on a child's head.

1. Decorate with paint, crayons, buttons, stars, string, cotton wool etc. Use a double sheet of newspaper, folded length-ways, to make a good, strong, simple crown.

2. Have the children decorate their crowns before they are stapled to the correct size for the child.


The strongest and easiest bags are made out of small cardboard boxes.

1. Seal the box with sellotape and then have the children decorate the box with whatever they wish.

2. Cut the box as shown by the dotted line in the diagram to make a flap that will open
and close.

3. Also punch 2 holes in the sides and have the child pass through string or thick wool.

4. Then the teacher can knot the string or stick with sellotape.


Paper plates
Paints, crayons, felt-tip pens etc
String and elastic bands
Small pieces of cloth
Silver paper and glitter, if available

Paper plate masks

Paper plates can be made into simple masks.


1. It is easier if the teacher cuts the eyes out first for the child and allows the child to hold it in front of their face, whilst standing before a mirror, so that the child gets some idea of what they are attempting to make.
2. If the mask is supposed to represent a particular face then help the child to roughly mark what should go where, eg nose, whiskers or teeth.
3. The child then decorates the mask with paints, crayons, felt-tip pens and/or sticks on small pieces of cloth, paper, string etc.
4. The teacher can then help the child to add extras such as ears and nose for a pig or ears and trunk for an elephant.
5. Then attach either string or elastic at the sides to keep the mask in place.

It is very important that the children can see themselves in a mirror whilst wearing the mask.

Cut-out Faces


1. Use thin plain card to cut out a face shape, eg an animal face.
2. Give the children equipment to decorate their masks.
3. Tie the mask at the sides with elastic or string and allow the children to look at themselves in a mirror.

This is more time-consuming for the teacher but it is probably more likely to be recognisable than a paper-plate version.

Ballroom Masks


1. Use the template on page 23 to make masks out of thin card and allow the children to decorate them. Silver paper and glitter look especially good on these: if possible, cut the masks out of a dark coloured card.

Many children do not like having their whole face covered and so may prefer these as they cover just the eyes. Also many children do not like the feel of a mask touching their face so instead of using string or elastic, a stick or straw could be stuck at the side of the mask so that the child can hold it against their face.

Children should always be supervised when using scissors.

Mouth masks

These are very easy masks that almost all children could attempt.


1. Cut a paper plate in half.
2. On one side draw a sad, unhappy mouth and on the reverse draw a happy, smiling mouth.
3. The children can then colour these in.
4. Staple a straw at the side for the children to hold their mask against their mouth.
5. Stand the children in front of a mirror so that they can see how they change expression by switching the mask back and forth.

The children could also add a beard, moustache, scar or spots.


Use template on the following page to cut out glasses frames in thin card.
Clear plastic in strips, just wider than the eyepieces of the glasses frames
Permanent markers
Felt tips or crayons


1. Give each child cardboard frames for them to colour.
2. Give each child a strip of clear plastic, which they colour using the permanent
markers. Either colour the strip in one or two colours.
3. The child then sticks the plastic strip to the inside of the glasses, covering the
4. When the glue has dried, the teacher trims the plastic to fit the frames.
5. Make sure the child can see in a mirror when they try their glasses on.
6. Now everything they are looking at should have changed colour!


2 toilet roll tubes
String or wool
Hole punch
Clear plastic
Permanent marker pens


1. The children decorate the outsides of the cardboard tubes.
2. Give each child 2 squares of clear plastic and help the children tape these over the ends of the two tubes.
3. Staple the two tubes together.
4. Help the children to punch a hole each side of the binoculars and thread through the string.
5. The teacher then ties a knot or sticks the string with sellotape.