In this post, you will find Mardi Gras activities and snacks for your kids. Plus educational and kid-friendly books you can read to your children about Mardi Gras.
To be honest, I never heard of Mardi Gras was until last year when we visited New Orleans (such an interesting city, by the way!) All I know that people wear masks and there is a huge parade involved. And it’s today (Feb. 28, 2017). So I took this opportunity to learn more about it with my toddler.
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Mardi Gras Kid Books
We found these books and my toddler enjoyed reading and looking at them.
Gaston Goes to Mardi Gras >> Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras (Gaston® Series)
On Mardi Gras Day >> On Mardi Gras Day
Mardi Gras Cereal Necklace
- Froot Loop Cereal
- String for Necklace. I used Baker’s Thread (
- **Optional: Play Doh
- **Optional: One strand of spaghetti (or something straight, skinny enough for the hole to go through, and sturdy) I used a half a straw. ha!
- Separate the colors of the Froot Loops. We are only using the Mardi Gras colors, which are purple, yellow, and green.
- Cut the string to the length you desire the necklace to be
- Start threading the purple, green, yellow Froot Loops through the string. For older kids, work on the patterns. For younger kids, work on the fine motor skill.
**If your kids are too young to thread the Froot Loops on their own, do this. Use one spaghetti or whatever you have (I used a halved straw) is going to be the “holding hand” in this activity. This will help the young ones who can’t hold one string in one hand and string the cereal through the cereal in the other hand. So, tie one end of the string to one end of the stick and then take the string to the other end and tie it. Make sure it’s straight, but not too tight. Then stick it in the play dough to set it straight. The pictures below will give you some visual aid.
4. Once your kids are done threading, tie the string around your children’s necks. They can eat away or wear it all day. 🙂 My child ate it right away. haha.
The Benefits of this Activity:
- eye-hand coordination
- fine motor skills
- learning the colors (green, purple, yellow)
Mardi Gras Music Activity
The nightly dance party is one of my favorite thing about my little family. My daughter loves to dance and it’s hilarious. I found a perfect kid song from YouTube. It evens tell the kids what to do during the song like marching, slide, shake, etc.
Add some music instruments your kids can do while dancing to the music. It’s a great fun! I love how the song instructs kids to march just like they do in Mardi Gras parade.
The Benefits of this Activity:
- Gross Motor Skills
- Body Coordination
- Music Awareness
- Listening skills
- Following Instructions
Do you have a favorite Mardi Gras kids activity? Or know anything unique about Mardi Gras? Please share in the comments below. I’d love to hear about it! 😀
All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child’s parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child’s pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.