Lesson Plan

Rainbow Easter Bilby Mask

Kids 

90 min

What you need:

For a full list of required materials, refer to the 'Materials Needed' heading down below.

Lesson Overview

Celebrate Easter the Aussie way by bringing brilliant rainbow Easter Bilbies into your classroom! In this activity, students will discover the process of crafting an Easter Bilby mask by colouring cut-outs, making paper fringing and creating 3D designs using glue sticks. Each mask is individually coloured and decorated to capture the magic of Easter Bilbies and to reflect student personalities.  

Teaching Focus Year Level

Years 3-4 (Middle Year Primary).
This activity can be easily adapted to suit a F-2 class or to go further with Years 5 & 6.

Australian Curriculum Connections

Visual Arts: F-2
Use and experiment with different materials, techniques, technologies and processes to make artworks (ACAVAM107).

Visual Arts: Years 3 & 4
Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks (ACAVAM111). 

Visual Arts: Years 5 & 6
Develop and apply techniques and processes when making artworks (ACAVAM115). 

Science – Biological: Year 3
Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044).

Science – Biological: Year 4
Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive (ACSSU073).

Cultural Considerations

Easter may not be celebrated by all students. It does provide an opportunity to learn about different cultural celebrations and promote understanding of others during this time.  

Learning Continuum of Intercultural Understanding

  • Investigate culture and cultural identity: Identify and describe variability within and across cultural groups.
  • Explore and compare cultural knowledge beliefs and practices: Describe and compare a range of cultural stories and events.
  • Develop respect for cultural diversity: Identify and discuss the significance of a range of cultural events, artefacts or stories recognised in the school, community or nation.

Resources & Downloads

Prepare these helpful resources before the lesson begins.

Easter Bilby Mask Ears
 

A black and white template of a simplified pair of bilby ears to be cut out and turned into a mask.

 
1 copy per student.
Print on A4 white cardstock (150-250 GSM).

Click here to download!

 

Easter Bilby Mask Fringe
 

A black and white template of two paper strips to be cut out. Each has many repeating lines that need to be cut to create a paper fringe for grass or fur.

 
1 copy per student.
Print on A4 white or coloured cardstock (150-250 GSM).

Click here to download!

 

Easter Bilby Mask Face
 

A black and white template of a simplified bilby design to be cut out and turned into a mask.

 
1 copy per student.
Print on A4 white cardstock (150-250 GSM).

Click here to download!

Materials Needed

Gather these items before your session begins for an easy, stress-free lesson. 

  • Faber-Castell colour pencils
  • Faber-Castell crayons
  • Faber-Castell Connector Pens or other Faber-Castell markers
  • UHU Glue Stics, 1 per student 
  • Scissors, 1 pair per student
  • Holepunch 
  • Coloured paper for printing the Fringe template on, if desired
  • Page 1: Easter Bilby Mask Ears, A4 cardstock, 1 per student
  • Page 2: Easter Bilby Mask Fringe, A4 cardstock, 1 per student
  • Page 3: Easter Bilby Mask Face, A4 cardstock, 1 per student
  • Additional creative materials (coloured paper, crepe paper, tissue paper, cotton wool or cellophane)
A photography of an Australian greater bilby on red dirt

Lesson Process

Step 1: Learn About Bilbies

So, what is a Bilby exactly? Where do they live? Why are they important? How are they connected to Easter? Use these questions to begin a classroom chat. 

Basic Bilby Facts: Bilbies live in burrows that are about 2 metres deep. They live in hot, dry desert grasslands in Australia and, as they are nocturnal, only come out at night. During the day, their underground burrows are designed to keep them cool. When they come out at night, they forage for insects, worms, fungi and seeds. They are an endangered species.

Watch these great videos to learn more!

Hands holding a selection of rainbow-coloured bilby masks

Step 2: Easter Mask Demo

Pre-prepare by colouring and cutting out your own Easter Bilby mask, ears and un-cut fringing. Use a variety of Faber-Castell colour pencils, crayons and Connector Pens to create colour gradients, interesting patterns and shapes as you colour. Demonstrate by gluing the ears to the inside of the mask, then create one hole either side of the mask using a hole punch.

Take the fringing strip and demonstrate how to cut the fringe by following the lines all along the strip. Show students how and where they can glue this on their mask. Finish by threading string or elastic through the holes, then tie it to fit your head. Finally, wear the mask to demonstrate.

A hand on a purple desk colouring in a black and white template of a cartoon bilby face with a Faber-Castell Twist Crayon

Step 3: Colouring the Mask

Provide each student with their own copies of the printed templates. Encourage your students to slow down, be mindful and focus when colouring. Capture their imagination by inviting them to create fur gradients and patterns using lines or colour shading with a variety of Faber-Castell colour pencils, crayons and Connector Pens. Foster a relaxed & calm artistic experience to let their creativity shine.
Hands on a purple background using Faber-Castell Classic School Scissors to cut out

Step 4: Cutting Out

Using scissors, instruct your students to carefully cut around the outside of the face, ears and fringing. To finish the fringing, guide your students to cut every few millimetres down the strip, using the printed lines as a guide. Lastly, help your students use a hole punch to create holes for the elastic or string to go through.
Hands on a purple background using a UHU Magic Blue Glue Stick to apply glue to the base of a cartoon bilby ear for attaching to a bilby mask

Step 5: Gluing the Mask

Instruct your students to glue the ears to the inside of the face. Then, if desired, encourage them to decorate the mask with fringing to look like fur. Tease out the paper a little to give the fringe extra texture. Leave until completely dry.
Hands on a purple background tying golden string to the back of a cartoon bilby mask

Step 6: Fitting the Mask

Once the masks are dry, organise the students into pairs so they can fit the mask of their partner for them. Have each student tie a separate string or elastic piece through each of the holes. Instruct their partner to hold the mask to their face, and then have the students tie their partner’s masks into place behind their heads. Once it’s fitting comfortably, have them remove the mask and swap roles. One done, get ready for a wonderful Easter parade!

Terrific Tip

When gluing, make sure there is adequate time for the glue to dry. It helps to run the activity over a few sessions before the Easter parade. Be sure to celebrate the activities with parents and enjoy the colourful creations being made.