Make animal masks

Includes: Indoors, Arts and crafts, Nature and the great outdoors

Activity time:
1 meeting


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The task is the mask...

Animal-inspired masks can be fun and educational.


  1. Cover surfaces with newspaper.
  2. Mix together one part flour to two parts water in a bowl, to the consistency of thick glue. Add more water or flour as necessary. Mix well to remove any lumps.
  3. Ask each girl to blow up a balloon to the size of her face, and tie it (Rainbows and Brownies might need help). Then balance the balloon in a jar or stick it to a flat surface with masking tape.
  4. Cover half the balloon with three or four layers of newspaper strips and glue mixture. You can also create noses, eyebrows and mouths by shaping newspaper and moulding it onto your mask. Don’t forget to leave eye holes.
  5. The papier mache can take a couple of days to dry so you will need to wait until the next meeting. Once it's dry, pop the balloon. Then you can paint and decorate the mask. Make a small hole in each side and thread the elastic through the holes and tie it to fit your head.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

With arts and crafts activities, watch girls at all times to make sure they are using scissors, glue and other items safely.

Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

How many adults are needed?

Use this calculator to find out the ratio of girls to adults that is required for this activity

2 adults needed