Does your family do anything special to celebrate Mardi Gras? Mardi Gras is scheduled to be 47 days before Easter so the date changes annually. The 2013 celebration is coming up quickly – February 12, 2013. Did you know that the origins of Mardi Gras can be traced back to medieval times? Here are some fun Mardi Gras activities for kids that you can do at home.
Mardi Gras Activities for Kids:
- Create mini parade floats and have your own parade at home. Here are some fun ideas for homemade floats and parades.
- Play a toss game with beads. Place a small stuffed animal on the ground and try to throw the beads over the toy’s head. It’s kind of like a silly version of horseshoes.
- Make your own mask. At your local craft store, you can find plain plastic face masks along with items to decorate them with like sequins, feathers and glitter.
- Decorate the house in Mardi Gras colors (green, purple and gold). To decorate you could use beads, streamer crepe paper, glow sticks, balloons, tablecloths, noisemakers and confetti poppers.
- Buy or make a pinata. Fill a pinata with beads, candies and small toys and let the little ones try to break it open.
- Cook special Mardi Gras meals and snacks. AllRecipes.com has plenty of delicious Mardi Gras recipes to share like Jambalaya, Gumbo dishes, Cajun dishes and more.
- Bake some Mardi Gras desserts. Taste of Home has some delicious Mardi Gras recipes posted on their site.
Do you have any favorite Mardi Gras activities for kids? Have you ever attended a Mardi Gras celebration? Let us know your favorite Mardi Gras ideas in the comments below.
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8 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Activities for Kids”
We’ve never done Mardi Gras, but those activities make it look like fun!
We have sometimes put up a pinata for Mardi Gras, but not much else. Thanks for your ideas!
I would have never thought of doing this. This would be so much fun for a child.
I get so focused on V-day at this time of the year, with 4 kids having to fill out all their V-day cards, this would be a welcome change of pace 🙂
We are planning a small let get together for the kids, with crafts and stuff.
A pinata is a great idea for a kids mardi gras party! I’m thinking of seeing if anyone else on our block wants to do a mini parade together!
These are cute. Can use these ideas in my grand daughters classroom.
Like the other poster, I’ve been focused on VDay too! Mardi gras is going to be a fun way to change things up. I am thinking we’re going to break out the paper mache!