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Mardi Gras Theme Art
Mardi Gras Color Mixing
Provide green, gold/yellow, purple, black and white paint and paper.
Let the children paint with these colors and see what variations of Mardi Gras colors they can create.
Do A Dot
Materials needed: Bingo daubers of varying colors, paper
The children use these to make festive creations with.
Materials needed: long strips of paper, tape, glue, misc. art/craft supplies
Have children cut long strips of paper or two short ones. Tape end to end.
The children decorate their headbands with the materials you have on hand.
When dry, place on child's head to form a crown and tape ends together.
Mardi Gras Masks
Provide masks for the children to decorate using misc. art/craft supplies. You can purchase the masks or create a stencil of a mask shape on a manila folder. The children then trace onto paper and cut out and then decorate.
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
This is a TRADITIONAL snack for Mardi Gras! Here is a recipe I found for it:
Filling: 4 ounces cream cheese, 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed), 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 cup raisins (soak in hot water for 15 minutes, drain and pat dry) 1/2 cup pecan halves (I have never used these because of nut allergies).
Cake: 2 rolls (total of 12 individual crescent rolls) refrigerated crescent rolls in the can
Icing: 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar; 3 to 4 Tablespoon milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, Purple, green, and yellow colored sugar crystals or food coloring
Have the children help you to put the cream cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon, and raisins in a food processor.
Process until combined. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a pizza pan or baking sheet with butter-flavored vegetable oil.
Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into triangles. Position triangles next to each other with the points toward the center, overlapping the long sides about 1/4-inch, forming a large round. Where the pieces overlap, press the seams together only in the center of each seam, leaving either ends of the seams unsealed so you can fold them up over the filling.
Spread the filling around in a ring covering the center sealed seam of each triangle.
Place a small plastic baby or dried bean somewhere in the filling. (The person who gets this piece will have good luck for the year.)
Fold the short side of each triangle toward the center just to the edge of the filling to cover. Then pull the point end of the triangles toward the outer rim of the pan to fully enclose the filling, tucking under the points. Lightly press the seams.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Let cool to room temperature.
Whisk together the confectioners' sugar, milk or cream, and vanilla until smooth. The consistency should be fairly thick, but still thin enough to slowly drip down the sides. Add more milk as necessary. Spoon the icing in a ring over the top of the King Cake and allow it to slowly drip down the sides.
To decorate for Mardi Gras, sprinkle wide stripes of purple, green, and yellow colored sugar crystals.
If using food coloring:
Whisk together icing as above.
Divide icing evenly among 3 bowls.
Add 2 drops each of red and blue food coloring to the first bowl to make purple.
Use 2 drops each of yellow and green in the remaining 2 bowls.
Scrape each individual bowl into its own ziptop bag.
Squeeze out all the air and seal.
Snip off one corner of the bag and use as a pastry bag to pipe wide stripes of icing on the King Cake. The bags will give you more control than using a spoon or spatula. The icing should firm up a bit in about an hour.
Just make a cake! Separate vanilla canned frosting into 3 bowls and color one purple, one green and one yellow (with food gel) and decorate!
Mardi Gras Theme Science Activities--for Your Preschool Scientists in Training!
These are fun for any theme! For this theme, use small, clear plastic bottles. Place equal parts (about 1/3 each) of vegetable oil, water (colored with Mardi Gras colors!) and Karo syrup. Add a few short strings of beads.
Make several of these. They are so cool to watch as you turn them upside down!
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