MARDI GRAS FUN

Mardi Gras is March 4 this year.  It is a great opportunity to expose your child to different celebrations.

This is a list of five fun Mardi Gras Picture books recommended by Holidays Central:

King Cake for Cassius: A Mardi Gras Story by Diane Renton Boyle [Trafford Publishing, 2004]
Boyle explains Mardi Gras through Cassius, a boxer. Cassius discusses the traditions and terms associated with Mardi Gras. Boyle includes a Mardi Gras activity list, float ideas, and a recipe for king cake.  Ages 4-8.

Mimi’s First Mardi Gras by Alice Couvillon, Elizabeth Moore, and Marilyn [Pelican Publishing, 1991]
The history and traditions of Mardi Gras through the eyes of young Mimi includes descriptions of  the different groups in the Mardi Gras parades, delicious beignets, and experiences with trinkets,  doubloons, and floats. The illustrations are lovely in traditional purple, gold and green. Ages 4-8.

Throw Me Something, Mister: Two Young Children See their First Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans by Malcolm Wright [AuthorHouse, 2006]
Erin and Nathan travel to New Orleans for their very first Mardi Gras parade. They wear costumes and experience the floats, the bands, and different foods and catch beads and doubloons. Experience the celebration of Mardi Gras through Erin’s and Nathan’s eyes. Ages 9-12.

Jenny Giraffe’s Mardi Gras Ride by Cecilia Dartez [Pelican Publishing, 1996]
Jenny Giraffe learns about Mardi Gras and the entire Carnival season all the way through Lent. Children will get exposure Mardi Gras terms and activities in this Jenny Giraffe Series book. Ages 4-8.

Mardi Gras: A Cajun Country Celebration by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith and Lawrence Migdale [Holiday House, 2005]
Joel, a young Cajun fiddle player, shares information on the history of Mardi Gras, and how it is celebrated in Eunice in South Louisiana. Joel also describes different types of Mardi Gras celebrations. In exchange for food for a large public dinner, partygoers and musicians entertain residents. The text is lively and photographs support the text wonderfully. Ages 9-12.

Also here is a really fun Mardi Gras craft project from No Time For Flash Cards:

twizzler candy necklaces for parties Fat Tuesday is March 4th this year and even though we don’t have any Mardi Gras parades locally I have been telling my kids all about it and showing them photos of the different parades and explaining how beads and other trinkets are thrown from the floats. We decided to make our own beads from purple, yellow and green Twizzlers. My daughter was game from the start but my son was not into the idea until his sister came down stairs and said I was letting her eat her finished necklace. Then he came up asking if he could make one too and honest to goodness I have never seen a child bead that quickly! These candy necklaces are fun ( and include a great patterning lesson) and could be made as party treats with any combination of colors.

Gather your materials. You will need some multi-colored Twizzlers , some stiff beading thread, scissors and tape.DIY candy necklaces

Cut your Twizzlers into beads. Even if the ends stick together you can give them a squeeze and the hole will reappear.

Also, don’t forget my book, Before I Was Born.  It makes a wonderful present for Valentine’s Day or any day.  When you buy Before I Was Born you are giving two gifts.  A gift to the child who receives the book and a gift to a unknown child who benefits from the sale of the book.  I donate 100% of the cost of the book to Story Storks.  The folks over at Story Storks give a new book and a packet on literacy to children born in two area hospitals.  If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, just send me an Email at blag515@gmail.com.  The cost of the book is $20 and will be tax deductible for you.

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