I printed off 3 copies each of the lion, tiger and monkey templates from this website. I painted each one and left them to dry. Then the next night I retraced over the black lines with a thick permanent marker, UHT glued each mask to some card stock, and then cut out the face and the eyes. To finish, I masking-taped a paddle pop stick (aka craft stick) to the back. And voila, masks are done!
(The paddle pop sticks make it a lot easier for a young toddler to play with. But if you had an older toddler / preschooler, you might want to add elastic to the masks instead.)
On the day of JJ’s birthday party, it was such a lovely sunny day, that the kids were having playing mostly outside and the masks didn’t get used a whole lot. But we’ve played with them plenty of times at home since. It accidentally worked really well that we have 3 copies of each mask, because then there is one for Mummy, Daddy & JJ to role play with. She likes to hold them up and roar for the lion and tiger ones, and ooh ooh for the monkey ones. It’s been 2 months since, and as you can see, they’ve held up quite well…
Or, if it’s masks you’re after, I’ve also made some Space themed ones – here is how to make Sun and Saturn face masks.