Face masks have become part of our everyday experience, and that includes our children too. The government advice states that a non-medical face covering is mandatory on public transport and in shops, supermarkets and shopping centers and rules are also in place in places like museums and galleries to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
When they are open, secondary schools in England have the discretion to ask pupils to wear face coverings in situations where social distancing is not possible, and in Scotland and Northern Ireland face masks must be worn between lessons. Both Unicef and WHO recommend that children aged 12 and over wear face coverings in the same situations as adults. Children aged three and over can safely wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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Getting kids to wear masks can be tricky - but they will be happier to put on something bright and fun
The advice presents a bit of a problem for many parents, especially those with young children – who well know that getting children to wear something they don't want to can be a bit of a battle, to say the least. But children may be keener to wear a mask that comes with a fun design and there are many colourful face covers out there.
While finding an online mask stockist for adults is easy, finding one in the correct size for little ones is more tricky. But don't worry, If you're looking for a reusable face mask for your kids, we've rounded up some of the best you can buy online right now – just keep scrolling.
Where to buy the best fun face masks for children online
This is a great value five-pack of durable 2-ply cotton masks that feature elasticated ear loops and adjustable toggles to ensure comfort and fit. Each face covering has an antibacterial coating to keep them fresher for longer and can be washed up to 40 times. Suitable for ages three and up.
5 pack adjustable and reusable kids face masks, £4.75, Marks & Spencer
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Scattered with a cute donut-like sprinkle design, this three-layer pink face covering for kids will fit most kids ages 3 to teens thanks to the elasticated ear loops and metal nose adjuster. The face mask features a repellent finish and an antibacterial treatment lasting for up to 50 washes.
Sprinkle print kids face covering, £8.50, Oliver Bonas
This cute organic cotton mask comes in two sizes - small fits ages three to six and the medium is suitable for eight to 12 years.
Bonnie Mob face mask for children, £10, Selfridges
Mango's masks for kids come in three different sizes - small for three to five years, medium for six to nine years and large for ten to 12. This design also comes in pink polka dots and there are many other prints available.
Reusable homologated kids face masks, £7.99, Mango
The rainbow and unicorn version is great too!
Cotton unicorn mask small, £4, Claire's
These funky face coverings are suitable for children ages five to 12 and come in a pack of three. There's also a two-pack version in more neutral colours and the delivery is super fast.
Pink monogram face coverings three-pack, £7, River Island
Mini Star Wars fans will love this set of masks which are available from Disney. And the jewel in the crown of the four-pack is the one featuring The Child - aka Baby Yoda. They're available in sizes small to extra large, so adults can get involved in the fun too.
Star Wars face coverings, pack of 4, was £20 now £10, Disney Store
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These Marvel-themed masks are perfect for little superheroes. The five-inch size fits children under five, and the six-inch size is for ages five and up. Choose between four designs and two styles - ear loops or lace ties.
Marvel heroes masks, £8.49, Etsy
Perfect for the Harry Potter fans in your life, this set comes with a burgundy Gryffindor face mask, a Platform 9 ¾ style and a black covering printed with Harry's iconic glasses and scar.
Harry Potter Face Masks (set of 3), £13, Claire's
These masks come with activated carbon filters which have a filtering efficiency of up to 95%. As well as helping to protect your little one against the spread of coronavirus, they're also anti-pollen, anti-dust and anti-fog.
4 Face Masks with activated carbon filters, £12.99, Amazon
This luxury, two-layer soft cotton kids face mask is so special! Ultra-cool London designer Siobhan Molloy has created the ultimate fairy tale mask and it's so pretty! It fastens with self-tie bows either side of the head for a comfortable fit for little ones who don't like the feel of elastic or ear loops.
Siobhan Molloy kids face mask with bows, £29, Wolf & Badger
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Don't be put off by the higher price of this mask - it's a bestselling, five star rated mask which is made with a superior polyester-cotton silver ion fabric, which kills 99% of bacteria for up to 50 washes. There are many other fun prints for kids apart from the game one - inlcuding unicorns, dinosaurs and space.
Antibacterial face mask game print, £17.95, Pacamask
This machine-washable children’s face mask is ideal for ages three and up and has a lightweight inner layer that wicks away moisture. Straps are adjustable too. If dinosaurs aren’t your kid’s bag then there are other bright designs available including hearts and planets.
Kids dinosaur mask, £13, VistaPrint
Children who love animals won’t have a problem wearing these. Choose from multiple designs including lion, tiger, dog, cat and panda.
Kids animal face mask, £7.16, Etsy
These cute children’s face masks are particularly good for little ones with glasses - the mouldable nose piece means glasses are less likely to steam up. They also come with a removable PM 2.5 activated carbon filter. Designs include stars, pandas, hearts and rainbows.
Whimsical children's face mask, £9.50, Not on the High Street
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More colourful wildlife fun – these cotton animal face masks come in two sizes – small for children three to ten and the large fits age ten to adult. Choose between many different animal designs, including lion, shark, bunny, cat and dog.
Kids cotton Animal face mask, £10, Not On The High Street
These facemasks are suitable for kids up to the age of 10 and come in a range of colourful designs that children will love to wear.
Kids garden tie-dye mask three-pack, £4.99, Just The Hype
Made with soft, lightweight cotton so your littles are covered comfortably, you can shop Gap's three-pack of masks in a number of patterns and prints. Not suitable for children under four.
Kids unisex face mask three-pack, was £12.95 now £2.99, Gap
This solar mask is designed with a permanent filter inside so you don't need to worry about swapping them out.
Planets mask, £13, Vista Print
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