Where to buy kids' face masks is the question a lot of people are asking right now. Face masks have become an essential item for adults in many areas of the world, and face masks for children over the age of two are also recommended in many places, although the rules vary from country to country. Even if you're clear on your government's guidelines, knowing where to buy a face mask that your kid will actually wear is another question altogether, which is where we can help, with a list of retailers in the US and UK offering all manner of designs and patterns below.
But first, should your child be wearing a face mask? In the US, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children over two should wear face masks when they're in a crowd. And the UK government recommends the use of homemade face masks when people are out and about in enclosed public spaces, such as at the supermarket. It also says that children under two shouldn't use face masks, nor should primary age children who can't get them on and off without assistance.
Getting your child to wear a face mask may be an entirely different challenge, however (toddlers, we're looking at you), but hopefully some of the designs featured here will make the prospect a bit more appealing. Or maybe you'll be more successful if you get your kids to make their own. You can sell it as a (supervised) arts and crafts activity – see our guide to how to make a face mask at home.
Where to buy face masks for kids: Quick links
Where to buy kids' face masks in the US:
- Disney – Exclusive sets of your favourite Disney characters. $19.99 for four
- Visatprint – Beautiful $13 prints fitted with Replaceable Nanofilter System
- Amazon – A range of friendly, colourful kids' face masks from $4.99
- Etsy – An array of patterned face masks starting from as little as $4
- Maisonette – Stylish options for $20 (10% off first order over $50)
- Sanctuary – Five pack of fashionable prints. One size for ages 2–10
- Walmart – Pack of 24 comfortable sponge masks for under $30
- Akings – One dollar per mask, shipped in packs of 10, 50 and 100
Where to buy kids' face masks in the UK:
- Visatprint – All under £18 and fitted with Replaceable Nanofilter System.
- Etsy.co.uk – Patterned face masks starting from as little as £2
- Samuel Johnston – Kids' face masks for £5.99 (10% off first orders)
- HYPE – Packs of three with fun patterns (graffiti, tie dye, logos) for £24.99
- ebay – Loads of cotton kid's face masks from £4 upwards
- Wowcher – Deals refresh daily, including pack of five for £5
- Amazon - Packs of face masks from as little as £2.50
Where to buy kids' face masks: US
Disney character face masks | Pack of 4 for $19.99
Let your little ones choose their favourite Disney character face masks (maybe that will help persuade them to wear one?). There's Frozen, Star Wars and many more themed-designs. Available to pre-order now, items don't expect to ship until end of June 2020.
Colourful and fun | 24pcs for $27.89 at Walmart
These anti dust, sponge face masks are designed with children in mind. With bright, bold solid colour designs, they're fun to look at, and may prove an easier option to get your kid to wear them for prolonged periods of time.
Best price around | $1 per mask at Akings
If you're after a bulk order for a great price, you'll be hard-pushed to find a better deal than these disposable, one-dollar kids face masks. They're available in packs of 10, 50 or 100 – and great for kids to doodle on.
Stylish and reusable | Face mask for $16 at Maisonette
Sure these are important accessories for your loved ones, but that doesn't mean your kids can't look cool wearing them! There are currently three main designs on offer at Maisonette. Designed for 2-4, 6-8 and 10-14 age groups.
Durable quality | $13 with free shipping at Vistaprint
These lovely looking kids face masks may not be the cheapest option on this page, but they're reusable, durable, good quality and well engineered. They also come in patterns and sizes for adults – perfect for that colour-coordinated family outing!
Where to buy kids' face masks in the UK
Fun kids-themed patterns | £13 at Vistaprint
We've got a real soft spot for these designs from Vistaprint. These masks have really lovely patterns on a quality face mask structure. Ships by 28 May.
Character design kids' face masks | From £2 at Etsy.co.uk
Etsy has a huge variety of kids' face mask designs for super-low prices, so you're sure to find something to suit. Because what toddler wouldn't want a Peppa Pig design (pictured)?
Funky kids' face masks | Pack of 3 for £24.99 at HYPE
Child-friendly masks from HYPE come in a range of funky designs, all of which are machine washable. Plus for every set sold, HYPE donates a surgical mask to the NHS or a keyworker in need.
Comfortable and safe | £5.99 from Samuel Johnson
These Noordi kids' face masks feature silver Ion antimicrobial technology to help stop the growth of micro-organisms and maintain hygiene. The comfortable design comes in a variety of colours. 10% off your first order.
Cotton face masks | Colourful designs from just £4 at ebay
ebay has a big selection of colourful, fun kids' face masks for super-low prices. The ones pictured are a handmade from 100% cotton and machine washable, and cost £4.95 each.
Help kids get used to face masks
As we mentioned above, it's all well and good being able to buy a kids' face mask, but getting them to wear it may well present a much bigger challenge. Smaller children, who are too young to understand why they are being asked to wear one, could be particularly tricky.
There's a number of ways that you can make your child feel more comfortable about wearing a face mask, including:
- Make it the norm: Where possible, leave face masks around the house so they become an item they see regularly. Encourage them to practise taking them on and off, and even wear them around the house to get them used to it.
- Making their own: Let your little ones choose a design or pattern they like, and help them create their own face mask.
- Encourage creativity: If you've bought a face mask for your child, encourage them to get creative and make it their own. Let them draw or sketch some designs or drawings they want to show off to the world.
- Play a game: Face masks can be a bit scary-looking if you're small (and big, for that matter), so maybe implementing a face mask in play at home will make it seem a bit less daunting. Promote your child to doctor or nurse of the house, and let them look after you (or maybe their favourite stuffed animal might be better?).