Few things are certain about what school will be like for kids this year, but one thing’s for sure: Face masks should be on your back-to-school shopping list, whether your kids are attending classes in person or remotely.
“Multiple studies here and abroad show that children carry the same or higher viral loads of SARS-CoV2 [the virus that causes COVID-19] as infectious adults," says Aileen Marty, MD, FCAP, an infectious disease specialist and professor at Florida International University. "This is strong evidence that children can spread the disease to others.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise children ages two and older wear masks over their nose and mouth when they’re not able to practice social distancing in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. That’s in addition to cleaning their hands often and remaining at least six feet away from others whenever possible.
Dr. Marty echoes CDC recommendations stating masks should fit snug and cover the nose and mouth with multiple layers of fabric while allowing airflow. This goes for both children and adults.
Ahead, take a look at 25 of the best face masks for kids you can shop online today. You might even find a couple for yourself while you’re at it.
These adorable “mask buddies” from Cubcuts include two layers of 100 percent cotton and elastic ear straps. Not only do they come in playful animal patterns, they even transform into wristlets for kids to easily take with them on the go. They’re also machine washable for safe reuse.
Athleta’s breathable face masks will fit kids ages five to 10. Even though they’re made with three layers of fabric, they’re still lightweight and allow ample airflow for comfort. Plus, a majority of reviewers gave the masks a five-star rating.
Activewear brand Onzie makes comfortable masks for kids that come in fun patterns. Made of stretchy, quick-drying fabric, the multi-layered masks are suitable for children ages five to 10 and come in packs of two.
Vistaprint’s kids’ face masks come in all kinds of colors and patterns, like this one emblazoned with colorful smiley faces. It has adjustable ear loops and is made of lightweight, moisture-wicking materials. There’s even a pocket for added filters.
Green sprouts, a baby products company, now sells reusable face masks for children in kid-friendly designs. The masks feature a water-resistant outer layer and a moisture-wicking inner lining. They also have a structured design for a smooth, comfortable fit.
Gap’s colorful kid-sized face masks come in packs of three assorted patterns. They’re made of 100 percent cotton and are safe to toss in the washer and dryer in between uses.
Jessica Alba’s household products brand, Honest Company, offers kid-friendly masks in multiple designs. They come with adjustable ear loops, two layers of cotton fabric, a bendable nose wire for a perfect fit, and five filters that fit in a built-in pocket for extra protection.
These face masks are made with mostly cotton and just a bit of antimicrobial lycra. Featuring soft fabric and a metal nose wire, the masks are comfortable and come in playful designs. They even have interior pouches so you can add in your own filter.
Crayola has branched out from its usual arts and crafts supplies to produce these fun face masks for kids. You can order a set of five for $30 on Amazon, and each one features two layers of fabric, a nose clip, and adjustable ear straps.
Caraa’s children’s face masks are available for pre-order now. They come in packs of five different colored masks with adjustable elastic ear loops and a bendable nose bridge. Each is made with dual-layer cotton fabric and is washable for reuse.
This travel brand makes lightweight bamboo face masks for kids and adults. Available in four solid colors, Nxtstop’s masks are made with two layers of tightly knit bamboo and just a touch of spandex. The bamboo makes the masks antibacterial and breathable for hygienic, comfortable protection.
Society of Threads makes face masks for adults and kids that you can order from Macy’s. A pack of six colorful masks goes for $25. They’re made of cotton, have adjustable ear loops, and include a pocket for filters.
Maternity brand Hatch offers face masks for kids and adults. You can even buy matching sets made for parents and their little ones. The masks feature three layers of upcycled fabric with adjustable straps and durable double-layered chambray.
Sanctuary doesn’t just make stylish, comfortable masks for adults, they make them for kids, too. This pack of five masks includes an assortment of fun prints made with cotton muslin to keep children safe and comfortable.
If you’re looking for a variety of mask designs for kids, head to Redbubble to shop their wide array of colorful masks. They’re all made with two layers of fabric and have elastic ear loops for a snug fit.
Zazzle is another retailer offering a vast selection of face masks for kids and adults. This tie-dye cloth mask is just one of its many options, and it has over 1,600 five-star reviews from shoppers who say it’s comfortable and easy to wash.
You can order a set of three stylish cloth face masks for kids from Maisonette featuring eye-catching patterns. Made of three-ply materials with a filter pocket, the masks come with 16 filters to get you started. They’re also hand-washable for continued reuse.
Sock and underwear brand Sock It To Me sells so many playful face masks for children and adults. They’re made of polyester, cotton, and copper ion-bonded nylon for breathable comfort and a tight fit. The masks even come with twist ties you can tighten the ear strap length to fit just right.
Etsy is now brimming with cloth face mask options for the whole family, and these ones from Think Pink Bows are one of the site’s best-sellers. The handmade face coverings include three layers of 100 percent cotton material. Plus, they have a middle layer that acts as a filter pocket if desired and a nose wire to create a better seal while keeping the mask in place.
Among the many accessories available from Lele Sadoughi are kids' face masks. They come in cute colors and patterns, but most importantly, all of them include two layers of fabric, adjustable elastic ear straps, and a filter pocket.
Jewelry brand The Sis Kiss makes masks for adults and kids. Its offerings for children include graphic black and white masks designed for kids to customize themselves with fabric markers. They’re made of 100 percent cotton material and come with a pocket for holding filter inserts. Plus, they have adjustable straps for comfort.
Choose between denim and chambray material when you order this cloth face mask for kids or adults from Food52. They have adjustable elastic straps and are sold individually or in sets of two.