Mardi Gras--Fat Tuesday--is a natural source of inspiration for children's Mardi Gras party games. Invite kids into the Mardi Gras festivities with its larger-than-life costumes, bright colors and extreme atmosphere of merriment. Dating back to 1699, Mardi Gras introduces the Catholic season of Lent with Fat Tuesday parades and celebration. Mardi Gras colors, purple, green and gold symbolize justice, faith and power, according to Holidays.net. Incorporate well-known symbols and events into children's Mardi Gras party games for a taste of the day's entertainment and enjoyment.
King Cake plays a role in the Mardi Gras experience. Play a children's game with the "King's Cake." a colorful cake with a plastic baby cooked inside. Whoever receives a piece of the King Cake with the doll must buy the next King Cake, which can be expensive, or throw the next party, according to MardiGrasDay.com. Play a variation of the game with children. Cook two king cakes. Pass slices from one cake around to girls and slices for the second cake to the boys. The boy and girl to receive the babies are named the King and Queen of the Mardi Gras party.
Musical Carnival Caps
Use colorful Mardi Gras caps to play a children's musical game. Make colorful hats from construction paper. The website, Holiday Spot, provides the rules for the game.
Gather the children in a circle. Give all but one child a hat. Play music as the children pass their hats from head to the next. Stop the music. The child with no hat loses and leaves the circle. Tell the children to throw one hat out of the game. Play until only one child has a hat and wins the game.
Surprise children with a Mardi Gras party game of trinkets and treats. Decorate a large cardboard box with colorful paper. Attach Mardi Gras beads and coins, and bags of candy to pieces of string. Attach purple, green and yellow plastic clothespins to the other ends of the string. Dangle the pins on the outside of the box, hiding the goodies in the box. Children select a clothes pin for prizes hidden from sight. Attach more than one coin to one pin. The child who chooses this pin wins the game and redeems the coins for a Mardi Gras mask.
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