Mardi Gras 2009 falls on February 24th this year. Children can celebrate the holiday as well. Here are 3 activities, crafts and games for children. Remember to keep it fun and child-friendly.
This is an activity for the children that do not have an experience with Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday or Lent. This came to me in my classroom when I was teaching third grade bilingual Reading. The children were from another country and were not familiar with the holiday. We came across it in our book one day. I asked them to tell me what they thought it might be about to gather excitement on the subject. Then I suggested that we might find things on the internet on the subject. Make sure you have browser kid-safe internet here. Let them gather the information. Ask them if they would like to do an art project or make something to show what they’ve learned. Most kids do, and my third graders loved this sort of thing. Make it like a game with teams.
Now, supply them the materials to do that. Should you have a few that are not creative, do these projects with them. First have them make a Mardi Gras masks of their favorite character. Provide them with the pattern already laid out. Tell them to draw on it and add glitter and sequence to be their favorite character. Kids love that sort of thing.
For our second activity, craft or game have the children make foods for Mardi Gras. Allow them to research and adapt it to your situation. Take it from there. this could be the end of the week clebration after learning all about Mardi Gras. It could also be a lunch in the middle of the week. Keep it fun; and allow the children to be the teachers of what they have learned. Remember to make it like a game with teams. You could also have a more serious Lent meal if that is your goal.
The third activity, craft, and game for children is connected to writing. Have them make up a story about a child, or children during a Mardi Gras celebration. They can include Lent and Ash Wednesday if it is appropriate. You could have them make it up as a group, or individually. they could tell the story out loud usuing story cardss, or create a book. It could be a class book, or an individual book for each child. Choose according to the children’s needs. Remember to keep it fun like a game. Also remember to allow the children to be the teachers once they have learned the material. Allow them to present their work in their way. This build self-confidence and co-operative learning. These three activities are great for children for Mardi Gras, Lent or Ash Wednesday 2009.