Pete the Cat an Easter Mask
Masks have been around since early man. Ancient civilizations had much respect and honor for the mask. When I was in college I was fortunate enough to take a Children’s Theater class with a world know artist, Larry Hunt. To pass the class I needed to take part in a masked play production at ECSU. It was an amazing experience, and I have a lot of respect for the art of mask making and theatrical arts. Which is part of the reason I am encouraging the use of the mask project, to be more than a craft project.
Kids love to make crafts! I am a believer that there are lessons in all craft projects. While conducting a craft in the classroom or in the home there could be a meaningful academic purpose associated with even the simplest craft.
Click on the image to watch a short PBS clip on Larry’s art of the mask. Sadly, he passed away a few years ago. Through the use of technology and YouTube I can share this with you.
The Pete mask can be used as a retelling tool for the story “Pete the Cat; Big Easter Adventure. Read the book, make the mask, re-read the book and have students retell, either in small groups or partners.
Let’s Make a Mask
- Paper Plate
- Blue Acrylic Paint
- Card Stock
- 2 Cotton Balls
- 2 Silver Sequins
- Large Craft Stick
- Elmer’s Glue
- Construction Paper (pink, yellow & black)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Paint Brush
- Black Marker
Depending on the age and ability of fine motor skill development of children, there is a lot of prep work to do before hand. Like cutting out the center of the plate, cutting the construction paper and the like, use your best judgement. I prepped a lot and I used the hot glue gun, too. If your kids LOVE Pete the Cat, it is worth it!
- Cut out the center of the paper plate.
- Using the center of the plate, make the small cat ears and the bunny teeth.
3. Cut out construction paper…pink for the inner bunny ears…yellow for the eyes… and black for the whiskers.
4. Paint the cat ears, the paper plate and the craft stick. Let dry. It takes a while to dry. If you are in a classroom atmosphere I would recommend students paint before a special or before lunch. If you are at home a hair dryer can speed up the drying time.
5. Using card stock cut out ears a little bigger than the pink construction paper. Glue the pink on top of the white card stock bunny ears — add the blue cat ears.
6. ADULTS – using the hot glue gun attach the ears and the craft stick to the back of the plate.
7. Using the marker color the pupils of the eyes black and glue on the sequins.
8. Let dry.
After the mask is complete and dry, re-read the story and have children retell to their friends. Save the masks to use the following day for the second use of the mask; “I’m Going on an Easter Egg Hunt.”
I’m Going on an Easter Egg Hunt
This year is the 30 year anniversary of Michael Rosen’s book, “I’m going on a Bear Hunt.” For years children have loved this story. “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” has been set to music and read aloud many times, in many ways. Michael Rosen performs his book on video, and you can share with your children by clicking on the book cover— it will bring you to YouTube.
I love this book so much and have shared it with many of my students. For the St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Leprechaun Spectacles blog , I wrote a homage to this classic for a leprechaun hunt. It was liked by many, so I decided to create an Easter version, this is included in the Easter STEM Packet.
It is also available as a FREE download on TpT.
After Pete the Cat is finished helping the Easter bunny with the eggs, in Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure. He can help his friends look for the eggs. Kids can pretend they are Pete and they are going on an Easter egg hunt, using their Pete the Cat masks. As they are going on the egg hunt, they notice all the pretty things the Spring has brought, in nature, after winter. Including flowers, birds, the sky and the lush trees.
If you read the poem to the tune that Michael Rosen sang in his reading have the kids make movements with their masks, along with the chorus. This is a great activity when kids need a break with some movement.
Thank you for reading this blog post, and should your schedule allow extra time to make this mask with your young learners, have fun. If time is unavailable, I recommend at least watching “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” it is a classic and part of literature history. If you like our information, please consider following us on social media. We are at STEMHAX. Visit out TpT Store for FREEBIES. Thank you, Have a happy Easter! See you soon!!!