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Greetings, Little New-Yorkers! This week’s book and craft show us the power of perspective. In Esmé Shapiro’s charming and thoughtful Alma and the Beast, a furry creature named Alma meets a person she thinks is a beast! But is she a beast just because she’s different? Discover their journey to becoming friends and how they overcome the limitations of their own perspectives. Then, create your own mask for the beast inside of you! Let that beast shine!
Follow along with this post to create with us at home and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm where we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook, all from the comfort of your living room.
- Printed mask template (Print Template Here)
- Glue stick or tape
- Something to draw with: colored pencils, markers, crayons
- String or something to tie the mask
*A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color in your mask
Using your coloring materials, color in your mask, and the special decorations. We chose gray to match Alma’s flowing hair with pops of color to make it our own.
STEP 2: Cut out mask and decorations
Using scissors, carefully cut out the mask and the decorations to attach to the next step.
STEP 3: Attach decorations to your mask
Using glue or tape, attach the decorations to your mask. Do you have furry ears? A flower eyebrow? It’s up to you!
STEP 4: Attach strings to tie your mask
In order to wear your mask, you’ll need to attach some kind of string or elastic. We used a stapler to attach some string to each side of the mask. Make sure if you’re using staples to tape over the back so they don’t scratch you!
STEP 5: Play!
Now it’s time to don your mask and let the beastly parts of you out to play!
By Olivia Sweet