Signup for our newsletter to receive pregnancy, parenting and child health updates.

articles and blog

I have trouble getting my 12 year old interested into anything related to visual arts.

For middle school he had to choose between art and band. He went with band. I'm trying to get him back into art with things I know he likes.

He loves Legos. I thought he could make some face masks with them.

Instructions

This activity is perfect for any age, but younger children may need an adult's help.

Have a variety of Duplos or Legos, and a lot of standard ones to start building.

Get Comfortable

You may be laying for awhile, while your child builds a mask.

In our case my son made 3 masks. My son had planned out what he was going to make before I got in there.

Any good mask needs eye holes, and a mouth hole, so we found it best to build around the face.

Mask One

Mask one and two were both a little flat for my taste.

Mask Two

Mask Three

This mask is my favorite. I think my son liked it as well.

I said, "We have to make it rounded." I handed him a piece and said, "Start off with me having a beard." That was the beginning to a fun mask.

Encourage your child to add different things. Some kids are quick to quit.

I said, "I need a better built up nose."

He added that.

Next it was, "I think it would be cool if you added spiky hair."

He gave the mask red hair. 

After that it was, "Eyebrows would look really cool!"

My son put on eyebrows. Then it was finished.

He even wanted to try this one on.

Overall I think my son had fun. It took him awhile to get into the idea to think about flat Legos working their way onto a round face. He also needed to be pushed when it came to details. He enjoyed this over other crafts and visual arts.

One other thing we could have done is have my son draw out the mask he wanted to create before he created it.

Alissa Apel

Art Instructor and Parent Blogger

Alissa Apel is a wife and mom of 2 happy and energetic boys ages 9 and 12. She is a college instructor at the Creative Center. She spends her free time blogging for anapeladay.com, baking, cooking, working on craft project with the 9 year old, and painting. Learn More About Alissa Facebook Instagram Pinterest ...

Learn more about this author

Categories: lifestyle,