Introduce children to Mardi Gras with basic facts about the holiday and Mardi Gras Picture books. Follow up with a fun Mardi Gras craft and a delicious cooking activity.
Mardi Gras Basic Facts
- Mardi Gras 2011 falls on Tuesday, March 8.
- Mardi Gras is also called “Fat Tuesday”.
- Mardi Gras is the last day of the Carnival season. It falls the day before Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent.
- Mardi Gras celebrates the activities and preparations for the observance of Lent.
- The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold.
- The purple represents justice. The green represents faith. The gold represents power.
Mardi Gras Story Time
Share the following picture books with preschoolers for a fun Mardi Gras story time:
- King Cake for Cassius: A Mardi Gras Story by Diane Renton Boyle [Trafford Publishing, 2004]
- Mimi's First Mardi Gras by Alice Couvillon, Elizabeth Moore, and Marilyn [Pelican Publishing, 1991]
- Throw Me Something, Mister: Two Young Children See their First Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans by Malcolm Wright [AuthorHouse, 2006]
- Jenny Giraffe's Mardi Gras Ride by Cecilia Dartez [Pelican Publishing, 1996]
- Mardi Gras: A Cajun Country Celebration by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith and Lawrence Migdale [Holiday House, 2005]
Mardi Gras Craft
Mardi Gras Necklace Painting
Materials: Mardi Gras bead necklaces, clothespins, green paint, gold paint, purple paint, and construction paper.
Instructions: Pour green, gold and purple paints in separate shallow trays. Attach a clothespin to a Mardi Gras Necklace. Show children how to dip the necklace in the paints to make beautiful designs by holding the clothespin and gliding the beads over the paper.
Mardi Gras Cooking Activity
Easy King Cake: Using a roll of refrigerated cinnamon roll dough, form the dough into the shape of a snake. Next, lay the dough in a circle on aluminum foil. Bake as directed on the instructions of the cinnamon roll dough. Spread icing on top and sprinkle green, yellow, and purple granulated sugar or sprinkles.