Lion Mask

The Virtual Book Club for Kids author of the month is Marcus Pfister. We enjoyed reading many of the awesome books he has written. One of my favorite Marcus Pfister books is How Leo Learned to  be King. I always read it to my kindergartners in the classroom, and we’ve read it a number of times for our home preschool activities.

Last year when we learned about the animals of Africa we read the story and made a lion mask for each child. They were great for both pretend play and role playing social skills related to the story.

Paper Plate Lion Mask-fun fine motor craft for pretend play

About How Leo Learned to Be King

In the story Leo the lion king is not a very kind ruler. Soon the animals of the savanna have had enough and they banish him. During this time Leo learns what it really means to be a leader. This book is great for talking about cooperation and consideration.

How Leo Learned to Be King

Lion Mask Craft

To make our lion masks I cut the center hole out of a paper plate. I set those paper plates out with strips of paper approximately 1/2 inch by 3 inches in orange, brown, and yellow.

The kids glued the paper strips around the circle leaving an open whole for their faces.

Lion Craft for Kids

Then we added a little fine motor practice by rolling the ends of the paper. We used crayons and the kids curled the bottom half of the paper around the edges. This takes a bit of time so the kids may want to take a break instead of doing all of the curling in one sitting.

But they’ll be delighted with the finished lion masks. We used ours for pretend play and singing lion songs during our Africa theme. And there were definitely a lot of very loud, “Rooooaaarrrs!”

Lion Fine Motor Craft

You can also use the masks as a way to act out social situations related to cooperation and consideration. One child might be the lion and the others might be the animals in the story. You could focus on specific examples from the story or use the opportunity to role play about things happening in the classroom or at home (like sharing toys, taking crayons, helping a friend, etc).

Now that we’ve shared our activity with you, we’re excited to see what you came up with! Please link up your Marcus Pfister inspired posts to the blog hop linky below. 

There are a few rules for this blog hop that we ask you to follow, so make sure to read them:
  1. Link up only posts inspired by Marcus Pfister’s  books that share book inspired crafts, activities, recipes, etc. Any other posts will be deleted.
  2. Visit other blog posts on the linky and comment on or share the ones you love!

Virtual Book Club for Kids

Stop by and check out some of the other blogs that participate in The Virtual Book Club for Kids.

Toddler Approved– The Educators’ Spin On It– Rainy Day Mum– 3 Dinosaurs– Learn~Play~Imagine – Crafty Moms Share – Reading ConfettiInspiration Laboratories – Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas – Kids Yoga Stories – Enchanted Homeschooling Mom– Ready-Set-Read – Boy Mama Teacher Mama – PlayDrMom – Fantastic Fun and Learning – Growing Book by Book– Royal Baloo – The Outlaw Mom® Blog – Kitchen Counter Chronicles – Teach Preschool – Mama Smiles – Coffe Cups and Crayons – Juggling With Kids – Here Come the Girls

If you are looking for more book-related activities to try now, check out the Virtual Book Club for Kids Pinterest Board.

Looking Ahead to Future Virtual Book Club Authors

Below is the author list for the upcoming year.  Mark your calendars so you can join in and read along with us! Virtual Book Club Author List for 2013-2014 Pinnable image photo credit: tiverylucky via This post has been shared at some of these fantastic link parties.

You Might Also Like...

Speak Your Mind