In this post: Mardi Gras treats, crafts, parade fun, and a lapbook.
Hello dear ones! We celebrated Mardi Gras as a family for the second time. We’ve come up with our own traditions, like decorating a float for our family parade. Anywho, this is how we did Mardi Gras.
- We began with a Mardi Gras lapbook and several videos on Mardi Gras’ history. I’ll include a link at the end.
- Michael made a jester mask.
- Michael and I watched The Hunchback of Notre Dame because it has the Festival of Fools in it. It’s not the same holiday but the style is similar. I also like the lessons on sin and grace in the movie. Rio and The Princess and the Frog are also good for this time.
- We had a small feast for supper. We had ham which is a rare treat. We don’t give up anything during Lent, but it was a nod to the history of Fat Tuesday and how people ate all their meat before fasting during Lent. I found the centerpiece at the Dollar Tree.
- We made a King cake using cinnamon rolls. We put it in the oven while we had our parade.
Here’s Chris braiding his part.
Into the oven!
- Michael and I made a parade float out of Leeland’s wagon. We used tissue paper and masks. Then we filled it with beads, moon pies, and coins. Teddy played the king/jester and rode in the float.
- I turned up the jazz music and we had a parade. Michael and I took turns throwing things. We put on masks and beads.
- Lastly, we decorated and enjoyed our King cake! Mmmmm….we just used the icing that came with the cinnamon rolls and sprinkled it. I couldn’t find purple sprinkles so I used glaze.
You can find the lapbook, videos, and other ideas here:
God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover
Another good Disney film to watch for Mardi Gras is The Princess and the Frog. Here are some ideas to give you that New Orleans’ flavor: