Mardi Gras Fun for Kids Including Games and Crafts
Mardi Gras coloring pages, games, crafts, puzzles and more fun for the holiday that is also known as Fat Tuesday. I have lots of activities to keep the kids busy including some online fun.
Learn how to make a float, decorate masks and more while enjoying some music. There is so much to do during this colorful holiday. Being a mom, I also have some book recommendations, as well as an online word search and jigsaw puzzle.
Whether at home or in the classroom, I have lots of ideas to keep kids busy and happy while celebrating. At the bottom of this page, feel free to leave your suggestions.
Girl image by Mr. Gunn at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Mardi Gras Mask
Masks can bring about a sense of mystery. For a fun craft, kids can create their own masks with the free templates I have below. Just click on the link and you'll be brought to free, printable masks.
Once printed, kids can use coloring pencils, crayons or paint to add color to the masks, then can decorate them with such items as feathers, beads or sequins. You then can add some yarn to each side of the masks and tie the masks onto the children's heads.
If you prefer, instead of using the yarn, you can glue the masks onto craft or Popsicle sticks and kids can hold the masks to their faces.
Mask image by San Jose Library at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Mardi Gras Mask Template
- Free Mardi Gras Mask Template
Click on the Mask Template 1 link to print out full size masks.
This kit comes with all of the supplies you need to make three colorful masks including stencils, paint and brushes.
Mardi Gras Games
A fun game kids can play is Pass the Beads. Now, the traditional colors of Mardi Gras are purple, gold and green. However, you can use any colored beads for this game as long as you have two different colors. Have one set of beads for each child, except one, in the same color. Have one set of beads in a different color.
Hand out a set to each child and have them stand in a circle. Begin playing some music and have kids toss the beads to each other. When the music stops, each child must have one set of beads. (If any are on the floor, they must be picked up.) Whoever has the odd colored set of beads is out of the game. Remove one set of the main colored beads and continue game play until it comes down to two children. Play one final round and whoever ends up holding the main color's set of beads wins.
Gold coins are also popular for Mardi Gras. Take a bunch of gold coins and hide them. Have kids find them. When they are finished, you can either hand out a prize to the child who found the most beads or set up a toy trinket store with inexpensive toys and let kids "buy" the toys with their coins.
Colorful Mardi Gras beads image by Nieve44/Luz at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Mardi Gras Supplies
Here are plenty of beads not only to play the game with, but to toss out to all of the kids. They have so much fun catching them.
You'll have plenty of coins to hide with this package of cold coins.
Online Mardi Gras Games
Mardi Gras Crafts
Floats are a big part of Mardi Gras parades and kids can easily make their own small floats. All you need is a shoebox and craft supplies. The boxes can either be painted or covered in colorful paper as you see in the image above.
Allow kids a variety of craft supplies to decorate their box with such as masks, glitter pens, rhinestones, sequins, gold coins, stickers, clipart and/or beads.
Kids can make their own necklaces with beads and yarn. Just be sure the beads have a wide enough opening for the beads. Once strung, an adult can tie the two ends together and the kids will have their holiday necklaces. Please check out the links below for further craft ideas.
Crafts image by oddharmonic at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
- Paper Plate Jester Craft
Make the face of a jester using a paper plate and template.
- Mardi Gras Jester Hat
Fun jester hat that kids can war when completed.
- Jester Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Create a jester using an empty roll of toilet paper.
- Mardi Gras Castanets
Kids can make their own music maker from a paper plate.
Mardi Gras Kits
These items are on eBay. See if you can find a good deal.
Do you celebrate Mardi Gras?
Do you celebrate Mardi Gras?
When the Saints Go Marching In
Here's a song for kids to sing along to. There are lyrics on the screen.
Mardi Gras Coloring Pages
If you want to quiet down the pace a bit, I have some links to some free, online coloring pages to help what is also known as Fat Tuesday. Just click on a link for a printable version.
Mardi Gras Books for Kids
Mardi Gras is a time of great music, colorful parades, flashy costumes and masks and endless amounts of food and drinks. For a child, it can be the ultimate party celebration.
With a good book, kids can learn more about this holiday celebration.
A cute book with good illustrations that follows Gaston, the alligator. Kids will really like the story.
This is a fun read out loud book for kids which includes instructions for how to make a Mardi Gras float.
Kids can learn some history of this celebration while taking a pictorial tour of New Orleans.