The Task of the Mask

The Task of the Mask

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The Task of the Mask

Per the recommendations of U.S. health officials, many people are wearing masks in public. For children, this precaution can look strange and feel scary. “The Task of the Mask” uses upbeat, reassuring language to address children’s concerns and explain why people are wearing masks.

Written by educator and parent coach Joan Morgenstern of Senders Pediatrics and illustrated by Lucy Williams, the printable story provides age-appropriate information about why people are wearing masks. It’s filled with colorful illustrations and written in lyrical language that children will enjoy. The PDF also includes an activity to help children understand that masks are not scary.


  • 2 and up

Helps with

  • Soothing anxiety by answering questions about people wearing masks


  • Helping children understand coronavirus and related safety measures


  • Printable instructions and story


  • Printed Task of the Mask story
  • Stapler OR hole punch and string (optional)

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