Kids and parents in Michigan are required to wear masks when in public places under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’sexecutive order. That doesn’t mean the masks have to be boring.
Kids can show the love of their super heroes, their favorite sports team or find a plain color they love thanks to Southeast Michigan sewers.
Here are a fewrecommendations from the CDCto remember when wearing a mask:
- Cover your mouth and nose with the mask
- Make sure the mask is snug, you don’t want gaps on the sides
- Keep the mask on, and don’t touch the front of the mask without gloves
- Be sure to wash a cloth mask or dispose of a disposable mask after every use
- Wash your hands after you remove your mask
Trythese tipsto help younger kids understand about mask use. Remember that no one under age 2 should wear a mask.
There are several Michigan-based manufacturers and stores that have turned to making masks for adults and children. Demand is heavy for masks, so be prepared for a delay in shipping.
- Cost: $24.95
- To Purchase: diashop.org
These reusable masks feature scenes from your favorite pieces of artwork including Starry Night and The Scream.
- Cost:$12 each plus tax for cash or Venmo orders, $13.95 for credit card, shipping is free with purchases of four or more
- To purchase:248-307-1090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Troy-based company has been creating and providing window coverings since 1961, and quickly switched to the mask-making business. Masks are antimicrobial and made of organic cotton.
- To purchase:inkpressions.com
The straps on the Inkpressions masks are adjustable, allowing the mask to fit most wearers. You can pick from a single color or put your own logo on a mask for $17.95. For each mask purchased, the Commerce Township-based Inkpressions will donate a mask to the MI Behavioral Collaborative.
- To purchase:etsy.com/shop/dcreatedboutique
With adorable patterns, DCreated Boutique – which specializes in organic baby clothing – has developed face masks in four sizes including toddler, child, women’s and men’s. Each mask has three layers, including a non-woven filter layer in the middle.
- To purchase:betterlifebags.com
Hamtramck’s Better Life Bags is selling mask-making kits for adults and children as well as masks in bright colors. The masks are two layers of 100 percent cotton with elastic ear bands.
- To purchase:maskclub.com
For every mask purchased –and there are some cute patterns from Hello Kitty, super heroes, Care Bears and Hasbro – another is donated to first responders. MaskClub, created in four days by Trevco of Madison Heights, has partnered with First Responders Children’s Foundation to provide support and masks. You can make a one-time purchase or join the club and receive a mask each month.
If you’re looking for a crafting project with your kids to let them make their own masks, trythese directions from the CDCfor making sew or no-sew masks. Or,usethis tutorial from the Stitching Scientistfor kid-sized masks orthis one from Cricutfor a no-sew version (if you don’t think your child will keep elastic on, substitute old shoelaces to tie around his or her head).
When making your own, try to pick a pattern that will be attractive and fun for your child (Mickey Mouse, super heroes or unicorns). If you or a friend have aCricutcutting machine, you can create an iron-on transfer to add pizzazz to a solid color. Let older kids help in making the craft so that they have ownership over the masks that they use.