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Mardi Gras Fun for Kids Including Games and Crafts

Updated on April 27, 2014

Fat Tuesday

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
Mardi Gras Mask

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.

Mask Kit

4M Paint Your Own Masks Kit
4M Paint Your Own Masks Kit

This kit comes with all of the supplies you need to make three colorful masks including stencils, paint and brushes.

 
Mardi Gras Beads
Mardi Gras Beads

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

33 inch 07mm Round Metallic Purple Gold and Green Mardi Gras Beads - 6 Dozen (72 necklaces)
33 inch 07mm Round Metallic Purple Gold and Green Mardi Gras Beads - 6 Dozen (72 necklaces)

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.

 
Fun Express 1 1/2" Plastic Pirate Coins (Pack of 144)
Fun Express 1 1/2" Plastic Pirate Coins (Pack of 144)

You'll have plenty of coins to hide with this package of cold coins.

 

Mardi Gras Crafts

Shoebox Float
Shoebox Float

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.

Mardi Gras Kits

These items are on eBay. See if you can find a good deal.

Do you celebrate Mardi Gras?

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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.

Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras (Gaston® Series)
Gaston® Goes to Mardi Gras (Gaston® Series)

A cute book with good illustrations that follows Gaston, the alligator. Kids will really like the story.

 
Dinosaur Mardi Gras
Dinosaur Mardi Gras

This is a fun read out loud book for kids which includes instructions for how to make a Mardi Gras float.

 
Mimi's First Mardi Gras
Mimi's First Mardi Gras

Kids can learn some history of this celebration while taking a pictorial tour of New Orleans.

 

How will you celebrate Mardi Gras?

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: That sounds like it would have been a lot of fun.

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      Beautiful choices. I live an hour from New Orleans, but unfortunately, I can't go to Mardi Gras this year. But my small town recently had the celebration, and my husband's band performed ... it wasn't the same, but it was fun. I

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @CalobrenaOmai: If you have the time, I would suggest the masks.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @Zeross4: Thank you.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @Merrci: Kids love to get creative.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @georgepmoola2: That is so cool.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @GrammieOlivia: So basically, the planning never stops. Wow!

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      @sabaz: You do now. :-)

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      CalobrenaOmai 3 years ago

      I haven't participated in Mardi Gras since February 2004; that was the last year of my French course (French 4). We mainly celebrated with a free day, food and fun. The most memorable and entertaining of the celebrations was when I sat in on one of the higher level French classes where one of the students actually brought in their own game console and played video games.I was thinking of a little activity that would be great to do for the first graders but its pretty iffy right now due to how hectic things get during "free days". Thanks for sparking the memories. Keep up the awesome work.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I haven't ever celebrated it, but now that I have kids I think it would be great to do something like the "Create your own mask" kit. Neat ideas!

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      "Hand out a prize to the child" idea will definitely motivate kids to enjoy the game! I think I am going to play those online games. Thanks for sharing :)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Fun idea for a lens! I bet kids would love making masks and dressing up. Clever, clever!

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      georgepmoola2 3 years ago

      Nice lens. I play with a N.O. jazz band (The Black Rock Jazz Band - you can find us on FB) and we are at present arranging a concert for Mardi Gras to support our town Mayor's nominated charity for this year.

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      I have never really celebrated Mardi Gras, but came from a country that wa wild for a good party. Brazil's Carnival is similar, but much more elaborate in that they prepare for a whole year before the event and it goes on and on,.....

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      sabaz 3 years ago

      Thanks i didn't know the name of this stuff. "Mardi Gras".