Fat Tuesday!

Happy Mardi Gras!

We’re spending the day at a sledding party out of town, but we’re going to do our best to don some beads and wear some green, purple and gold.

If you want to celebrate the day with your kids, this site has just the right amount of history & fun to get you started.

For some easy ways to join the fun, here’s a few ideas…

  • Decorate the kids’ faces (use Halloween paint, bright makeup or even washable markers)
  • Search the house for beads and wear as many as possible
  • Stage a parade around the house or neighborhood
  • Make your own "bead" necklaces by stringing cereal (like Cheerios or Fruit Loops) or macaroni
  • Draw a simple mask like this one on cardstock or spare cardboard and cut out for the kids to decorate with paint, glitter or even feathers.  Tape a straw, pencil or chopstick onto the side to hold it up.
  • Wear green, purple and gold
  • Make colorful construction paper crowns to wear
  • Make and play a King Cake game
  • Try to talk with a Cajun accent all day
  • Color Mardi Gras coloring pages
  • Incorporate the tradition of baking a bean or coin into a cake and hide a pea or bean in supper (something nobody will choke on!). Whoever gets it can wear a silly crown or be king or queen for the day.
  • In the UK, today is also Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day.  Traditions include making pancakes for supper and having pancake races (women would race to a finish line while flippingpancakes).  Have pancakes for supper, take turns trying to flip pancakes high without dropping them or have your own pancake races.

Now I must race around and help children find snowpants, mittens, hats and boots.  Happy Tuesday!

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