In order to keep one another safe, the CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 2 wears a face masks and some schools in southeast Michigan are also requiring kids to wear masks while they’re in class, which means that it’s important to find a mask that both fits your kids and that they want to wear. Here are some of our five of our favorites options and some tips to help your kids wear their masks properly, too.
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.
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.
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.
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