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Paper Plate Tiger Masks

In this activity, children will create masks to transform into mighty tigers! This role-playing activity allows for lots of social interaction as children pretend to be animals with their siblings or classmates. This play is the key as children learn about cooperation, being fair, and building an understanding of right and wrong as their playing unfolds.

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Ready to roar?!

This activity is a fun way to have your child learning more about tigers. With a paper plate and some orange paint, your child will start to make their own tiger mask. Once it’s dry, add some black paper strips for more detail and of course the final touch of some string to hold it in place around your child’s head. After this, your child can play with a sibling, yourself or classmates to pretend to have a day in the life of  a tiger — roaring included!

📚 Books to explore: The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr; There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart; and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown.

🐯 A jungle of possibilities. Other animals of your child’s choice can be made as well. 

💡 Many learning opportunities. While your child is fascinated with their animal, use this as an opportunity to teach them more about that animal.


For this activity you will need:

Paper plate 

Orange paint 

Black paper

Black marker



Hole punch 


Glue stick

Learning Outcomes




Interacting positively and respectfully


Beginning to develop ideas of, and to practice, cooperation, fairness and justice.


Step 1:

Cut eye holes in the paper plate.

Step 2:

Have your child paint it orange and set aside to dry. If possible, leave some areas around the eyes and mouth white for a more realistic effect.

Step 3:

While drying, have your child cut pieces of black paper into small strips.

Step 4:

When the plate is dry, glue down the black pieces of paper on the plate.

Step 5:

Using black marker, draw a nose and mouth on the face.

Step 6:

Punch a hole on both sides and then tie a string so it will fit around your child’s head.

Step 7:

Put the mask on and pretend to be a tiger!

⬆️ For older preschoolers: Get your child to cut the eye holes and have them make other animals faces out of a mask.

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Help them cut the paper and you will probably have to do some hand over hand while gluing.

Playful Questions

What do you think tigers eat?

What noise does a tiger make?

Is a tiger big or small? 

Where do tigers come from?

Have you ever seen a tiger?

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