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It’s time of the year again! Mardi Gras is the time for king cakes, beads and revelry! Mardi Gras, which translate to Fat Tuesday in French, is the day before Ash Wednesday. While the actual Mardi Gras is on February 17, the partying has already started! This season represents a time of indulgence before the fasts of the Lent. One of these days we’ll take the kids down to New Orleans to experience the parades with their beautiful floats and giant beads. In the meantime, we’ll celebrate Mardi Gras at home in our own way. I’ve got a round up of books, crafts, music and recipes that will make celebrating Mardi Gras at home fun for you and the kids!
How to Celebrate Mardi Gras a Home with Your Kids
What’s the story of Mardi Gras? Find out more about its history and celebrations with one of these picture books about Mardi Gras.
You can’t have Mardi Gras without some good food. Traditional king cakes take a bit of time, but you can cheat a bit with these easy mini king cakes made from refrigerated cinnamon roll dough. You can even make beignets or jambalaya.
While you bake and cook your Louisiana foods, listen to some Mardi Gras songs. I even put together a kid-friendly YouTube playlist for you.
No Mardi Gras is complete with masks and costumes. Here’s some fun crafts to make with your kids:
- Mardi Gras beads necklace that you can eat! (No Time For Flash Cards)
- Super cute and easy mask made of handprints (Stockpiling Moms)
- A fun jester hat (Mardi Gras Outlet)
- Mardi Gras masks that double as dress up pieces (Twig & Toadstool)
Want more inspiration? Follow my Mardi Gras Pinterest board.