Badger mask complete with making materials

National Badger Day Mask

Photograph of a badger

What’s black and white and likes eggs for dinner? The UK’s largest land predator of course! This week we celebrate the European badger; an omnivore that likes to snack on small mammals, birds’ eggs, worms, fruit and plants.

Discover more about how scientists are Conserving Britain’s Carnivores here or delve into the details of a badger’s skull with our Exploring Skulls video:

Creating your badger mask…

You will need:

  • Badger mask template
  • Colouring pencils or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • String
  1. Cut out the mask pieces – a face, snout and nose.
  1. Fold the snout along the lines, and fold the tabs backwards. Fold the tabs backwards on the nose too.

Tip: If you’d like to add some colour to your badger mask, do this now before gluing it all together!

  1. Put glue onto the tabs and stick the snout to the face, and the nose inside the end of the snout. Hold these in place for a few moments while the glue dries.
  1. Measure a piece of string so that it is the right length to fit around your head.
  1. Carefully pierce a hole into each side of the mask, thread the string through both holes and tie a knot in the end of the string so that it stays in place.
  1. Your mask is ready to wear. Why not wear it while you share how excellent badgers are with friends and family.

Learn more about badgers from the Wildlife Trusts here: European badger

Like badgers but not foxes? Kate Howlett talks about why perceptions matter when it comes to wildlife conservation: Insects are animals too: why perceptions matter

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