Under Gov. Whitmer’s latest orders, everyone over the age of 2 in Michigan is required to wear masks when inside of public places, which means that when schools return, parents who opt to send their kids back-to-school in person, will need to find masks that is both effective and fits them properly.
Here are some places you can buy face masks designed specifically for kids.
These reusable masks feature scenes from your favorite pieces of artwork including Starry Night and The Scream.
Kids can show off their favorite coasters with these cool Cedar Point masks, which come with adjustable ear straps. Choose from Millennium Force, Steel Vengeance, Top Thrill Dragster, Maverick, Gatekeeper or Valrav’n.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Choose from camp, polka dots, stripes and more, all with an adjustable elastic strap that allows you to adjust the knot to your face size.
The best part of these washable masks is not the inclusion of a pocket for a filter, but the strap can be tied around your child’s head (which will avoid complaints about elastic hurting). Small is best for kids and the solid color provides a blank canvas to add an iron-on sticker or emblem.
The Greene Room is reusing cotton t-shirts to make masks for all sizes (small is best for kids). All masks include a pocket for a filter and are washable. Allow a week to 10 days for delivery.
Binky provides face masks for ages 3-12 with adjustable straps to help fit your child’s face. Each face mask also includes three interchangeable PM2.5 filters.
Your older kiddos will love to sport a mask in a floral pattern or polka dots. Sophia Reyes has plenty of options for kids ages 7-10. For every five face masks sold, they donate one surgical cap to a healthcare provider.
This Chicago boutique sells kid’s masks with Peppa Pig, Spiderman, Snoopy and The Avengers on them. These masks are not only ridiculously cute, but they have filters!
With bunny and floral designs, this boutique is as aesthetically pleasing as they are adorable. The masks are for children 4 years and older.
Talking to kids about wearing face masks
In order to ensure that kids keep their face masks on properly, it is important that parents talk to them about proper face mask use. Here are a few recommendations from the CDC to help you get that conversation started.
- 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
Try these tips to help younger kids understand about mask use. Remember that no one under age 2 needs to wear a mask.
This post was originally published in May 2020 and is updated regularly.