Looking for Mardi Gras Kids Fun? Look no further! Here are some fun games and crafts you could do with your preschoolers or kids.
First, don’t get caught up in explaining all the nitty gritty facts about Mardi Gras. Get them excited about the party aspect and the different colors involved in the event. If you need a refresher course check out this website for Mardi Gras facts.
Meet and Greet – Greet each child with bead necklaces. Tell them that you are having a competition to see who can get the most beads. The way to win is by having good behavior and helping one another. If you have bad behavior then the teacher will take away beads too. Hopefully, you won’t have to do this, but it’s a “just-in-case” method.
Circle Time – “Pass the Baby” similar to “Hot Potato” but with a baby doll instead of a potato. This represents the baby that is found in a Kings Cake. Get the music started and whenever the music stops whomever is holding the baby is out. Continue until you have one child left.
Mask – We decorated masks from Oriental Trading with feathers, jewels, and fun foam shapes. Have them decorate them and tell them they will wear them for the Mardi Gras parade later.
Parade time– Turn up the jams and have them walk around in a straight line for the Mardi Gras Pretend Parade. Tell them to wave like they are on a float!
Glow Dance Party – Turn off the lights and hand out the glow necklaces, bracelets and glow sticks. Play music and once you stop the music every kid must freeze. Keep them on their toes by commanding different actions when the music stops like jump up, fall down or move to the right. Go one step further and decorate the walls with glow in the dark stickers and paint.
Mardi Gras 4 Corners – Post 4 of the Mardi Gras construction papers (Green, Black, Yellow, Purple) on 4 corners of a room or gym. Pick one child (the kid with the most beads, perhaps?) and have them close their eyes. Count to 10 and have the kids run to different corners. The child who is hit will call out a color. Whatever kids are at that corner are out. Keep playing until you have one child left standing.
Do you still need some ideas? Here are some other craft ideas below:
Hand Held Mardi Gras Shakers
Handprint Mardi Gras Masks
Have fun and remember that the family that plays together stays together and if you are doing this with your preschool class, I promise it’s the extra little things and activities that kids will remember for a lifetime. It’s important that children have opportunities other than video games and electronics to be imaginative and simply playful.