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When it comes to imaginary play, you can never get enough of it. My son’s favorite forms of this kind of play are the times when he gets to be an animal…. So, I love to give him opportunities to make costumes for these fun personalities he’s developed when he acts out his animal characters’ ideas. This cow mask is super simple, no-sew, and a perfect craft to make at play dates and more.They also cost less than 50 cents to make, making them the perfect craft to do together!
You’ll want to start by cutting a superhero-mask type cutout that fits your child’s head to be the base of your cow mask. I just tried to aim for a jellybean shape about the size of my child’s head, then free-handed it, but you can measure, too. Then, make some eye holes about where your child’s eyes are– I found it was roughly 1/4 of the way into the mask on each side.
You’ll also need a few cow spots, cut out of black fabric, some ears cut out of pink and then also black or white (or one black and one white like we did), and an oval nose.
You’ll need one set for each child making a mask– these were simply cut from felt, which is fairly durable for play, and is also incredibly affordable (around 25 cents a sheet, and you don’t use the full sheet on a single mask, so you have leftovers for other fun projects!)
Your child can then glue the felt in place to create the mask– I used school glue, which isn’t as long lasting, but fabric glue would work well, and if an adult is making the mask instead of a child, you could also use hot glue– just be aware that hot glue kind of seeps through felt, so you’ll want to lay down a protective surface like parchment paper, and not press down the spots with your fingers, but instead using a tool to hold them down.
If you’d like to, you can abandon the no-sew nature of this mask and stitch the elements onto it, but provided you used a strong enough glue, you really don’t have to.
Let your cow masks dry for awhile if you used a glue like school glue or fabric glue… this is the perfect time to enjoy a snack while you wait, especially if you’re making these crafts at a play date!
I’m personally a big fan of Horizon™ at snacktime… the Horizon™ single serve milk boxes are something I can feel proud about serving my son because they have 8 grams of protein in each box and are an excellent source of calcium. The best part? They taste amazing in both flavors they come in– chocolate, which is sweetened with organic cocoa, and vanilla, our favorite, which uses an organic vanilla extract. And I feel good about serving it to my son because I know there’s no high fructose corn syrup in it– at all!
We pick up our Horizon™ products, like the single-serve milk boxes and Horizon™ Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers or Cheese Sandwich Crackers at our local Walmart store, which is super convenient.
If your child attends school and you send their lunch, you’ll definitely want to grab Horizon™ single serve milk boxes at your local Walmart next time you’re there– because they’re shelf-stable, they’re a great alternative to juice boxes when packing a child’s lunch, and they provide so much protein, which really helps kids’ brains get through the day.
The Horizon™ peanut butter sandwich crackers are also delicious, and the best part is they include real ingredients like organic peanut butter. Who doesn’t love knowing that they’re serving their kids something with real ingredients?
When you’re on the go, it helps to give your children better-for-them options that are shelf-stable and easy choices, well within their reach. With the shelf-stable nature of the Horizon milk, you can rest easy while putting it in a snack basket on your shelf.
When it comes time to pack a lunch for your child in school, to serve your child and his friends at a play date, or to pack something for the trip to the science museum, or to just have something on hand for your kids to enjoy, life can be a little bit hectic, but when you have Horizon™ products on hand, there’s no need to think twice– you know your serving your kids something good!
Once you’ve had a snack, your cow mask should be good and dry, making it the perfect time to try it on! Simply poke a couple of holes, one on each side of the mask, and tie on some elastic or some string to secure the mask!
Then, it’s time to moo, graze, put on a show, and maybe even practice the cat/cow pose in yoga! Those are all great ways to wear this mask and enjoy being a cow!
What sort of imaginary play do your kids enjoy? And what is your favorite lunchbox essential? Let me know in the comments below! Don’t forget to also check out some new ideas with Horizon™ at the social hub, or find Horizon™ at your local store!