MARDI GRAS : Ideas for a low-key KID Celebration!

Hey hey, it’s Monday! I hope that you guys had a fantastic weekend. πŸ™‚ We had a good one.. even with a stomach virus and sinus infection mixed in. I mean, we really just can’t win lately in the health department. However, we made the best of it and still enjoyed ourselves. I even slipped in a much needed nap on Sunday afternoon!

Alright, so to the point of today’s post: I wanted to share with you guys how I plan on celebrating Mardi Gras with my littles tomorrow. Both kids are out of school, so I had to take the day off to take care of them. And considering they both love to celebrate a holiday and I’m not one for parades … I came up with a plan to have a little low-key at home Mardi Gras celebration!

First of all, I have a few activities planned. Some simple crafts that I gathered ideas for from Pinterest. And secondly, while we do those crafts I was going to spend some time talking to them about what exactly IS Mardi Gras – and why is it a thing that we celebrate.

Lately, my children are really into making things, coloring things, painting things… basically they are ready for me to exercise all of my crafty momma dreams with. Seriously though, there was a time before I had kids when I imagined doing all sorts of fun crafty activities with my future children and I was THERE for that moment. Then I had kids and realized that it wasn’t the dreamy experience I imagined it would be. But now..now my kids are at a great age where they can do things by themselves (i.e. use scissors, color, draw, etc) and most importantly they are interested in crafting. So anyway, I’m now here for this moment take full advantage of it! Anddd I said all of that to say that’s why our ‘kid friendly Mardi Gras celebration’ is centered around making crafts. πŸ˜‰

I put together this color by number color sheet. It’s an age appropriate activity for both my almost 6 year old and 3.5 year old. It’s also something super simple that they can pretty much do on their own after I explain it to them.

I’m also planning on having them make masks. Cooper made a Mardi Gras mask at school this past week, and has wanted to make another one. So, I found this cute idea on Activities for Kids to make one using paper plates which is great because it’s a different approach than what Coop did at school.

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I also thought making this jester hat using construction paper would be really easy and fun for the kids. I’ll probably go ahead and cut out all the pieces Monday night so that on Tuesday all they have to do is glue/tape it together. I found the idea from the Mardi Gras Outlet blog via Pinterest.

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Some thoughts on doing crafts with kids? Keep it simple. Lower your expectations and expect a little chaos. πŸ˜‰ Keep. It. Simple. That’s really key. For me, doing things like having things prepared so that the kids aren’t waiting for things like me to cut the eyes out on their mask or cut the shapes for their jest hats makes a HUGE difference in how smoothly it all goes.

While we do all of this I’ll talk to the kids about the history of Mardi Gras and the meaning of the celebration. I plan to pull up some parade footage on YouTube which will be great because they can get a visual for what a parade is without dealing with crowds! I’ll also play some Mardi Gras themed music. And obviously, we will also enjoy some King Cake, because is it Mardi Gras without King Cake? πŸ˜‰ Make sure you follow me on IG @thisisashleynicol and Snapchat ashley.sumrall so that you can see how all this pans out in real time. πŸ˜‰

Do y’all celebrate Mardi Gras? If so, do you go to parades or stay home like us?

— Ashley