This fall, children across the country will head back to school and daycare as our nation slowly re-opens for business in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. And whether they attend just a few hours or days a week or full-time, it seems clear that face masks for kids are going to be necessary to help keep everyone safe and healthy — students as well as teachers.
To help make this new reality a little easier to adapt to, we’ve rounded up a selection of face masks for kids that are comfortable, stylish, and affordable. Whether you’ve got a Disney-loving toddler, a newly style-conscious tween, or a too-cool-for-school teen, there’s a mask they’ll love. Be sure to order several of their favorites, so you can wash them frequently (and then double the amount in your cart, since kids are famous for losing things).
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Where to buy: $19.99 for 4, DisneyStore
- Made of a polyester/cotton blend with elastane straps
- Machine wash cold, tumble dry low
- Comes in four different patterns per 4-pack
Available for pre-order and expected to ship in late July/early August, Disney’s line of masks has everything from Mickey and Minnie to Yoda, The Hulk, Forky, and more. (Yes, they’ve got princesses too.) Early reviews indicate they may run small, so we’re recommending them for your littlest ones, and you’ll want to double-check the sizing before ordering.
Where to buy: 2 for $20, Onzie
- Made in Los Angeles from upcycled yoga clothing
- Proceeds donated to healthcare workers
- Fits kids ages 5-10
- Comes in a pack of 2 assorted designs
These super-stretchy, breathable masks are made with quick-drying spandex to be as comfortable as possible on sensitive little faces. Plus, they’re good for the environment, as they’re made from “upcycled” materials — and the company donates all proceeds to a charity that supports essential workers. This mom of two girls writes:
“I purchased two sets of masks for my younger daughters, ages 7 and 10. These arrived quickly, are comfortable and as per my 10 year-old, ‘stylish for a mask’. They have worn them multiple times, for upwards of two hours, and have had no complaints of bothering their faces. They also have washed well. I highly recommend these masks.”
Where to buy: 4 for $36, ShopVida
- 100 percent cotton
- Metal nose-piece for snug fit
- Adjustable ear straps
- Washable & reusable
Tweens can be hard to shop for in the best of times. These masks, with their solid colors and contrasting piping, are stylish, but plain enough to blend in with their own budding style. The straps are adjustable, there’s a nose piece for a secure fit that won’t fog up glasses, and it’s made of two layers of cotton for comfortable, breathable protection. A pocket provides a place to insert a filter, if you wish. Just be sure to wash the mask often and change the filter every seven days. Even better? You can borrow your kid’s mask if you can’t find yours, because these fit people ages five through 100+! One mom writes:
“These are the most comfortable masks we have found and work well for my whole family. The materials and design make them easy to wear for a variety of face sizes, and the flexible nose piece makes them the best I have found for wearing with glasses. There is enough variety of colors that we could each find a color we like, and it is easy to keep track of which mask belongs to which person. The option to insert an extra filter (or not) is helpful. For super hot weather, we are wearing them without the filter and they still are substantial enough to be protective (can’t blow out a candle through them).
Where to buy: $18, ShopVida
- 100 percent cotton
- Includes pocket for a replaceable filter insert
- Machine wash, hang dry
What can we say? We love these Vida masks, and this special collaboration screams “teenage boy” to us. Made from the same 100 percent cotton as the above masks we love for tweens, with the same filter pocket and elastic ear loops, these come in ultra-cool dark camo, plaid, snakeskin, and, a geometric black-and-white pattern your adolescent will love (but won’t tell you he does). Quantities of this special edition are limited, so order now!
Where to buy: $10 (Originally $12), Urban Outfitters
- Machine washable
- Ties around the ears for adjustable fit
- One size fits most faces
All the teenage girls we know are wild about Urban Outfitters, so what better place to look for cute, affordable masks they’ll actually wear? Available in solid black, white, gray, or peach, these masks are made from a blend of cotton, rayon, and spandex and feature straps that tie around the ears for a perfect fit. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from each mask is being donated to the American Nurses Foundation’s Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, WomansWorld.com.