Spring is here, and it is time for the Cleveland International Film Festival. This year, “CIFF45Streams” will take place online April 7-20, 2021. Here at WPPL, we are very happy to support the festival as a Community Partner, for the film A Costume for Nicolas. This (2D) animated film has been described as an uplifting family-friendly adventure. Nicolas, a ten-year-old who has Down Syndrome, has a special trunk filled with costumes which magically keep bad dreams away. A Costume for Nicolas was filmed in Mexico, in Spanish, and is being shown at the festival in English (dubbed).  

Here at Watch It Make It (Read It Make It) we are pairing a simple craft with the movie A Costume for Nicolas. Below you will find instructions for a monkey mask of your own. Make the mask before the movie and you can dress up along with Nicolas.


  • One white paper plate
  • One large craft stick
  • black and brown crayon or marker
  • One tan piece of construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  1. As shown in the picture above, remove the middle of the paper plate with the scissors. Be sure to leave a little peak on one side of the paper plate (You will need a caring adult to help with this step).
  2. Color one entire side the paper plate brown with a crayon or marker.
  3. Cut a large oval from the tan piece of construction paper. Measure to make sure the oval covers one edge of the paper plate (refer to picture above).
  4. Cut two small half moon shapes from the tan construction paper (these will be the ears).
  5. Draw a mouth and two small dots for the nose on one side of the large tan oval.
  6. Glue the large tan oval onto the paper plate opposite where the peak is cut, with the mouth and nose facing out.
  7. Glue the half moon shapes opposite one another onto the paper plate.
  8. Glue the craft stick to the bottom of the paper plate, just below the tan oval. This will allow you to easily hold the mask to your face.

Have fun dressing up with Nicolas!

When you are ready to purchase a ticket to A Costume for Nicholas, or any other film streaming at CIFF45, go to clevelandfilm.org, click on “FILM FESTIVAL” and you can find films using the A-Z guide. Once you click on a film you can purchase tickets directly from that film’s page on the site. And don’t forget to use discount code PORTER to receive $1.00 off per ticket.