Venetian Masks

Ciao! That means 'Hi' in Italian. 

Today Múinteoir Ray took you on a journey to the Carnival of Venice in Italy.  

We learned that every year the people of Venice hold a colourful carnival just before Lent.  They dress up in masks and costumes and there is a spectacular parade along the canals of the city.  

Here is a video of some of the masks and costumes from last year's carnival.  It might give you some inspiration when coming up with the design for your own mask.

Before you start making your mask you can do a Mood Board to plan out what kind of mask you are going to make e.g. Will it be based around a certain animal?  What colours will you use? Will you use crayons, paints, or markers? What decorations will you use? 

Has anything else given you ideas on what to do e.g. patterns on wrapping paper, a piece of fabric, a mask you saw online, the colour of your favourite t-shirt? Put all your ideas down on your mood board.

This is Múinteoir Ray's Mood Board

Here is a template for your mood board


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How to make your Venetian Mask 

What you need: cereal box or card, a white sheet of paper, some glue, scissors, sticky tape, ribbon or string, colours (paint, markers, crayons), and some decorations. 

  1. Draw or print out the shape of your mask (the template is at the end of the worksheet).  If you are drawing it, make sure the eyes are in the right place.

  2. Glue your page to the piece of cardboard.
  3. Cut out the mask.  Ask for help from an adult to cut out the eyes.  

  4. Now it's time to colour and decorate your mask however you want to.  Look back to your mood board to see what you had planned to do.  

  5. Tape or staple the ribbon or string to the two sides of the mask.  Be careful with staples they can be sharp so tape over them so that they don’t catch your hair or scratch you.  Or, instead or ribbons, you can tape your mask to a stick, pencil, or chopstick and hold the mask up to your face rather than tying it around your head.

Italy is famous for its pasta.  Have you ever made your own pasta sauce?  Here's a really simple recipe that everyone can make. 

 Ciao down on Easy Peasy Pasta Sauce

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium sized onion diced (chopped up)
  • 1 garlic clove crushed in a garlic crusher or chopped up very small. 
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 sundried tomatoes (optional), chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • Salt and black pepper
  • A big handful of fresh basil leaves chopped
  • 300 g of pasta e.g. penne, fusilli, spaghetti or whatever you have at home 
  • Grated cheese e.g. parmesan or cheddar 


IMPORTANT - Get an adult to supervise you chopping and using the cooker.  Do not do it alone. 

  1. Pour the oil in a saucepan and turn on the heat to a medium low setting.    Add the onions to the saucepan and cook for about 10 minutes, until the onion is looks like it has softened. Stir every so often and don't let them burn or turn brown. 
  2. When the onion has softened add the garlic and cook for another minute. 
  3. Then add the tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, oregano, a pinch or two of salt and pepper and half of the chopped basil. Turn the heat up a little until the sauce starts to bubble, then turn down the head to low and cook the sauce for 10 – 15 minutes stirring every so often.  
  4. While the sauce is cooking it is time to cook your pasta.  Put a large saucepan of water on a high heat and bring it to the boil (when it starts to bubble a lot!).  When it is boiling add your pasta and cook for as long as the packet tells you to.  
  5. When the pasta is ready, get an adult to drain the pasta, saving a couple of tablespoons of the pasta water.  Stir the pasta into the sauce and add the pasta water.  
  6. Serve the pasta and sauce with a generous sprinkle of cheese and the left-over basil leaves. 

Buon appetito!

Tip: If you like a smooth pasta sauce use a hand blender to get rid of any lumps.

Pizza Problemo

Did you know Naples in Italy is where pizza originally comes from! 

Can you get this Italian chef to his pizza?

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