If you are buying back to school supplies, you are in luck. With the new school year just around the corner, it is the perfect time to start stocking up on breathable face masks to keep your kids protected from the coronavirus, especially as it beginning to kick up again with new variants. There are tons of options, including both disposable and cloth masks, that will provide your kids with comfort, protection, and will look stylish too.
Certain school districts are updating their mask mandates as the school year is approaching. Los Angeles Unified School District has required students to wear “well-fitted, non-cloth masks with a nose wire” indoors and outdoors. Surgical mask or higher-grade mask options are acceptable. These masks would be available to students upon request.
Whether you’re dealing with an adult mask or a kids mask, make sure it fits snugly but comfortably against both sides of the face, can be secured with ear loop, adjustable ear loops or ties, includes multiple layers of fabric (most have two or three), and allows for unrestricted breathing.
Browse ET’s picks for the best kids face mask options below, including fabric mask and non-cloth mask styles for Back to School 2022.
Non-Cloth N95, KN95 and KF94 Masks for Kids:
Bona Fide Masks
Upgrade your child’s face masks with these FDA approved children’s KN95 face masks with better breathability from Bona Fide Masks.
These kids’ KF94 masks have cute patterns on top of four-layer protection.
PACK OF 10
Boost up your child’s protection with these Vida Kn95 face masks.
Some find the KF94 masks with 94% filtration efficiency to have a more comfortable design than KN95 masks.
PACK OF 50
A 4-layer woven disposable face mask perfect for kids during in-person learning.
Cloth Masks for Kids:
100% of profits from sales of these kid-designed cotton masks go to New York City’s public hospitals via NYC Health + Hospitals.
$25$1 FOR 2 AT UNCOMMON GOODS
This two-pack of Cubcoats kids’ face masks, featuring Kali the Kitty and Bori the Bear, are reusable and can be hand washed and dried. They are made with two layers of cotton and elastic ear loops and have a metal nose clip for a protective fit. These masks are recommended for kids age four and up.
$8 AT AMAZON
These double-layer cotton face masks are designed to fit a child’s face and are made in Los Angeles and being restocked daily. You can order individual masks, family four-packs or a “Mommy and me” set.
$12 AND UP AT ETSY
Each pack of these Sanctuary masks comes with two Dino prints, one camo print, one pink camo print and one baby leopard print. With every mask purchase, the company will provide masks to hospitals and organizations in need (learn more via the brand’s Instagram Live).
$25 FOR 5 AT SANCTUARY
These adorable washable face masks are crafted with a 3-D face design, adjustable ear straps, and a nose clip for a secure fit.
$21 AT AMAZON
These masks include a stretchy multi-layer fabric exterior, a high performance inner lining and elastic straps. Proceeds from Onzie mask purchases are being donated to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
$24$5 AT ONZIE
These cute masks are specially designed for kids ages 5-12. Each cloth mask comes with two filters with a five-layer filtration system made of activated carbon, non-woven, and melt-blown filter cloth.
$3 AND UP AT ETSY
These reversible two-layer cotton masks come in assorted packs of five — they’re also available in two-packs and combo packs with kids’ sizes.
$55 $35 FOR 5 AT LA MADE
Face masks from Manhattan-based clothing site Rocks Off via Threadless are made in the U.S. and can be washed and reused. They are also reversible, unisex and made with a two-ply cotton poly blend. Kids’ masks cost $13, with proceeds going to MedShare to help provide medical supplies and equipment to people in need all over the world.