Seven-year-old student Brave Sun clearly loves his one-on-one time with teacher, Kate Hooper. Canadian-born Hooper hales from New Brunswick, and has been teaching at Canadian International School of Beijing (CISB) for the past two years. Today Hooper and Brave have decided to make a pumpkin mask. Using much the same materials, you can easily attempt one of the other masks pictured. Like many little boys, Brave is especially enthusiastic about the project’s messier elements; painting, and using the hot glue gun. Hooper is a patient and empathetic teacher, peppering her instructions to Brave with endearments and encouragements, and playing his favorite, soothing music while he crafts. “He’s the sweetest little boy,” she says.
Age 5+ (adult supervision required)
• Paper plate
• Red and orange paint
• Craft knife
• Thin ribbons
• Hot glue gun (or double-sided
1. First, cover the work area with paper, then paint the entire surface of the paper plate with orange paint. Allow it to air dry completely.
2. Pencil in the guidelines for your pumpkin stripes.
3. Mix the red and orange paints to make a darker orange. Paint this onto the pumpkin to give it stripes. Allow it to air dry completely.
4. Draw a face on the paper plate and cut it out with the craft knife.
5. Shape the pipe-cleaner into a pumpkin stem. Using a hot glue gun, glue the stem to the top of the mask.
6. Cut holes at the side of the plate, push the ribbons through the holes and tie a knot to secure.
This article originally appeared on page 40-41 of the beijingkids October 2015 issue. Click here to read the issue for free on Issuu.com. To find out how you can get your own copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: Uni You