In general, students find it intriguing and interesting to put on something different. They get even more excited when they get to wear their creation along with their friends. Making a bird mask gives them the perfect opportunity for this. Students can pick their favourite bird and make the mask that best represents their bird of choice. This activity also serves as a way for students to learn more about the characteristics of their favourite birds, and even get to know the respective bird calls. Now, let's dive right into it!
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Materials Required per student:
Coloured paper/chart (multiple colours) or waste newspapers
Bird feathers (if available)
Creativity | Resource efficiency
Note: The coloured papers can be replaced with waste newspaper to ensure that minimal resources are used for this activity. Students can also use feathers to add distinguishing features respective to the bird they are trying to make a mask of.
Special Instructions for Teachers:
Presentation on bird characteristics
Ask the students to present their mask to the rest of the class and talk about some of the bird's characteristic features or even an interesting fact about the bird.
Introduce students to bird calls
Teach children that the different bird sounds are called bird calls and that these sounds can be used to find the type of bird. Then, ask them to find out the birdcall of the bird they have picked for their mask.
Ensure efficient use of resources
Since this activity requires a good amount of coloured paper, students might go overboard with the resources. Make sure that they use just the required materials. You can even announce that students who utilise newspaper for their masks get special applause from the rest of the groups.
Explain historical mask-making practices
Use this activity to kindle students' curiosity about different cultural heritages and practices. The Chhau mask-making community of West Bengal does an elaborate process to make the masks required for the Chhau dance. Ask students to find out more about its cultural importance.
Have fun making and share the works of your students with the hashtag #projectprayogshala to get featured!