Now, more than ever, we need to take care of the earth. The Amazon Rainforest is the largest tropical ecosystem on the planet, hosts the most biodiversity on earth, and is home to many indigenous people. If we maintain our current interaction with the environment, the Amazon Rainforest, and the human and plant life that lies within it, could be gone in 40 years. There is a lot at stake. But, things don’t have to end up that way. We hold the power to reshape our relationship with our environment and to educate our children how to take respect the land.
We often neglect the fact that plants and animals are living. We forget about the human life that relies on the physical environment. In order help children realize that humans and nature are connected and rely on one another, we have created a mask-making activity for you to share with kids!
Mask are often used during rituals and ceremonies by tribes around the world. The reasons why and how they are used vary across cultures and tribes. Rather than appropriating the use of mask making from another culture, today we encourage you to create your own ritual with mask making. Make your own ritual of giving thanks to the earth as you collect the objects and celebrate the connection between humans and nature by creating a mask out of these natural elements!
I always recommend starting by preparing your mind and your materials. Take a moment to look over the activity and its meaning.Take a few moments to let it sit and breathe deeply with kids, and then begin! By organizing yourself first, you make the activity more enjoyable and meaningful for everyone!
- Exacto knife / Scissors
- Hot glue / Elmers glue
- Natural elements: leaves, grass, rocks, bark, etc.
1. Prep Materials
2. Get outside
How can you make an impact?
- You can symbolically adopt an acre of land using Amazon Aid's Acre Care program. 100% of your donation goes directly to our partners on the ground with the Amazon Conservation Association and its sister organization in Peru la Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica in the Madre de Dios region.
- You can symbolically adopt a tree to be planted in a reforestation concession near the Manuani river in Madre de Dios to help reforest an abandoned gold mine.