Every week MomonDealz shares with us a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Last week was Mardi Gras, but February is referred to as Mardi Gras month so I thought the kids would love this craft-I was right, mine really had fun!
Hand & Foot Print Mardi Gras Masks
Pencil & Glue
Popsicle Sticks (1-2 per mask created)
Decorations for the masks
If you choose to create the small one, you will only trace each hand and make sure they connect at the wrist (see picture).
2. Cut out hands and feet and decorate.
3. Create a mask design and cut out.
4. Glue the feet and hands onto the mask design.
5. Glue the completed mask onto 1-2 popsicle sticks, depending on the size/style you chose.
- Language Arts: 1. Take your child’s favorite book ( such asJenny Giraffe’s Mardi Gras Ride (Jenny Giraffe Series)) and create masks to represent the characters in the book. Have your child “perform” the book using their masks. 2. Have your child focus on the letter C for Carnival and list all the things they see at a carnival.
- Math: 1. Use your child’s foot cutout to measure things around the house. This is known as nonstandard measurement and is an important kindergarten skill.
- Social Studies/History: In the United States, Mardi Gras is believed to have started when French explorers landed Louisianna. Discuss with your child what an explorer is and ID famous ones (Christopher Columbus, etc).
- Science: Read the book Timothy Hubble and the King Cake Partyand make pancakes with your child. Discuss how solids become liquids, and then go back to solids again (pancake flour is solid, add water becomes liquid, and when you cook the pancakes they are solids again).
I originally saw the smaller hand craft idea here