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Hunt for Happiness---during the third week in January or any day---with this delightful hippo mask.
Students read about hippos in children's books and on the Internet. While students read, tell them to think about the way hippo faces look, and make sketches with Crayola® Colored Pencils.
In the book A Picture for Harold's Room: A Purple Crayon Adventure, Harold uses a purple crayon to design a picture of a whole environment. Share information with students about how color influences perceptions. Students combine the ideas of hippos and unusual colors to come up with an exciting hippo mask.
Students shape white Crayola Model Magic into a hippo's face that is large enough to fit their head. Look closely at the sketches when designing the mask. Use Model Magic to make the hippo's nose protrude, to add ears, and to shape other details.
Carefully use Crayola Scissors to cut away eye openings.
Place the hippo mask on a crumpled ball of newspaper to maintain its rounded shape. Dry.
Cover a table with recycled newspaper. Use Crayola Tempera and paintbrushes to paint the mask in an unusual color, such as purple or magenta. Add details with other colors. Dry.
Hang and display the masks in the classroom.