Celebrate Mardi Gras with our favorite Mardi Gras Activities for kids that also make good Mardi Gras party ideas. This festive list of Mardi Gras crafts, recipes and Mardi Gras activities for kids are great for fun at home or in the classroom or at your kids Mardi Gras party.

Mardi Gras Activities for Kids perfect Mardi Gras party ideas - king cakes, homemade mask, party beads, pancakes, bracelet, homemade crown and more
Let’s have our own Mardi Gras party with these fun Mardi Gras activities & crafts for kids!

Mardi Gras for Kids

All of these kids Mardi Gras ideas make fun Mardi Gras party ideas…whether you’re looking for an easy kids Mardi Gras craft or a yummy treat, you’ll be sure to find something the kids will love. We really love Mardi Gras crafts because they are full of features, sparkles and bling. 

Related: Mardi Gras crafts you don’t want to miss!

Mardi Gras is the big party before the fast, also known as Fat Tuesday. Celebrations include lots of delicious food, brightly colored purple, green, and gold decor, and all things sparkly! Grab the glue and glitter, and get crafty!  Your next Mardi gras party or afternoon at home will be made a little more sparkly with these fun craft ideas for kids.

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Fun & Easy Mardi Gras Activities for Kids

1. Make a Mardi Gras Mask

Mardi Gras mask craft from Kids Activities Blog - finished mask with colorful flowers and feathers with beads and craft supplies
Let’s make this fun Mardi Gras mask!
  1. Mardi Gras Mask Craft – Decorate a mask using paint, feather and classic Mardi Gras beads. There is even a free printable!
  2. Another homemade Mardi Gras mask idea is to use a paper plate! This Mardi Gras paper plate mask craft, from Projects for Preschoolers, can be decorated with all kinds of sparkle and glitter. Use glitter paint or gems and other craft supplies to create a royal mask. Your kiddos will love it!
  3. We also love this DIY Mardi Gras bird mask idea.  Grab the printable Mardi Gras bird mask template, then color and cut out your own Mardi Gras mask with this free printable from Skip to My Lou.
  4. We have over 30 DIY mask ideas for kids to make if you need more suggestions for a mask craft.

2. Craft a Mardi Gras Crown

AlphaMom‘s paper plate crown is easy to make! It can be decorated with all kinds of stickers, stars and other embellishments. 

3. DIY Jester Hat Craft

Mardi Gras jester hat craft from AllParenting - boy in homemade jester hat craft laughing
Let’s make this adorable Mardi Gras jester hat!

Let’s make this really cute and colorful Jester Hat! Get out the colored paper and scissors to make a fun Jester Hat for Mardi Gras, from All Parenting(link unavailable).

4. Make Mardi Gras Costumes for the Entire Family

Whether you are actually in New Orleans or not, Pint Sized NOLA(link unavailable) has some cute and easy Mardi Gras costume ideas for the entire family to get into the party!

5. Make a Paper Plate Tambourine for Fat Tuesday

Mardi gras craft for kids to make a paper plate tambourine with beads from Activities for Kids

This adorable and super easy kids Mardi Gras craft comes from Activities for Kids.

6. DIY Candy Mardi Gras Necklaces

Mardi Gras necklaces made out of Twizzlers? I love this idea! You can make No Time for Flashcards‘ yummy candy necklace with Mardi Gras colored Twizzlers candy. 

7. Make Some Mardi Gras Noise Shakers

Check out this cool upcycling project from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas! Recycle your plastic water bottles into super fun noise makers for Mardi Gras! 

8. Mardi Gras DIY T-Shirts

It's Just another Tuesday - Homemade Mardi Gras shirt from Pint Sized Nola
Is it REALLY just another Tuesday? {Giggle}

Make this fun “It’s Just Another Tuesday” Mardi Gras t-shirt.  What a festive idea full of fun — it would be awesome to make one for everyone in the family or use it as a party craft where anyone attending your Mardi Gras party goes home with a It’s Just Another Tuesday homemade t-shirt(link unavailable)!

9. DIY Duct Tape Mardi Gras Beads

Make your own Mardi Gras beads using brightly colored duct tape with this idea from Crafts by Amanda.  This craft is something we love to make year round! 

10. Homemade Mardi Gras Ribbon Wreath

Homemade Mardi Gras ribbon wreath from Shes Kinda Crafty - homemade wreath hanging on front door
I love this homemade Mardi Gras ribbon wreath so much!

Use a variety of Mardi Gras colored ribbon to create this pretty wreath from She’s Kinda Crafty to decorate for your Mardi Gras party or a festive decoration for your front door for February!

11. Create a Mardi Gras Sensory Bin for Celebrating with Toddlers & Preschoolers

I love this idea from Pint Sized Nola(link unavailable) to create a Mardi Gras Sensory Bin for kids out of things you likely have on hand for a Mardi Gras party!  Sensory bins are a little party for toddlers and preschoolers who like to get into everything!

12. Even More Mardi Gras Kids Crafts

Mardi Gras Crafts that Kids Can Make - colorful paper and beads and ribbon to make Mardi Gras masks
Let’s make some MORE Mardi Gras crafts!

If you are still searching for the best Mardi Gras crafts for kids, check out Play Ideas for more Mardi Gras kid fun! Or Kids Activities Blog also has some ideas for Mardi Gras crafts you don’t want to miss!

13. Make Mardi Gras Slime

fluffy mardi gras slime recipe from Premeditated Leftovers
Lets make Mardi Gras slime!

This fluffy slime recipe that has all the colors of Mardi Gras is from Premeditated Leftovers and super fun to make.

14. Craft Mardi Gras Parade Streamers

This really colorful and fun craft for kids uses Mason Jar rings to make flowy parade streamers from That’s What Che Said.

Mardi Gras Party Food Ideas Kids Love

Yes, most holidays are all about the food and Mardi Gras is no exception to that yummy rule!  Check out the fun Mardi Gras food ideas that will make any day you serve them a party.

15. Homemade King Cake Recipes

Homemade King Cake Recipes Ideas from Kids Activities Blog - homemade King Cake on cutting board with slice
Yummmm…King Cake!
  • Make a King Cake – This recipe is a yummy treat you can make with the kids for your Mardi Gras celebration.
  • King Cake Cupcakes – Make these mini King Cake cupcakes, from Crave. Indulge. Satisfy., and the kids will have a blast sharing this yummy treat!
  • King Cake Pancakes – Start the day off celebrating Mardi Gras with Tablespoon‘s King Cake pancakes. These almost look too fun to eat! 
  • More King Cake Recipe Ideas – Check out a big selection of Mardi Gras cake ideas we have collected here at Kids Activities Blog!

16. Homemade Beignet Recipe

Let’s make yummy beignets!  Make beignets with the kids and experience a traditional flavor of New Orleans for Mardi Gras, with this recipe from Fav Family Recipes.

17. Let’s Make Mardi Gras Muddy Buddies

Mardi Gras Muddy Buddy Recipe from Totally the Bomb - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s make Mardi Gras Muddy Buddies!

This easy Mardi Gras Muddy Buddy recipe comes from Totally the Bomb and is as tasty as it is colorful.

Mardi Gras Coloring Pages & Printable Worksheets for Kids

Sometimes you just need something quick, easy & festive!  Check out these ideas that will get kids in the Mardi Gras spirit super quickly…

18. Mardi Gras Coloring Pages to Download & Print

Mardi Gras coloring pages for kids - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s color some Mardi Gras coloring pages!

These are brand new Mardi Gras coloring pages designed this year!  One page has the words “Mardi Gras” with confetti, masks, drums, jester hat, musical notes, trumpet and more.  The second coloring page is a mask that you can color and add some features and glitter.

19. Mardi Gras Word Search Printable Worksheet

Download and print this free Mardi Gras word search activity page for your young readers, from Activity Village.

20. Download, Print and Craft this Mardi Gras Snowman

OK, it is Olaf all decked out for Mardi Gras! Check out the free printable Mardi Gras craft for kids from The Purple Pumpkin Blog.

21. Printable Mardi Gras Color by Number Worksheet for Preschoolers

This fun set of printable Mardi Gras preschool worksheets includes a color by number activity from Homeschool Preschool.

Mardi Gras Activities for Kids in New Orleans

22. Visit New Orleans with Your Kids

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How are you celebrating Mardi Gras with kids?

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  1. Great list! Why not go to a beach, as another option? There are a bunch of beaches next to NOLA, such as Holly Beach or Little Florida in Cameron… Or maybe something on the Lake?