Novelty is the name of the game when you’re a homeschooling parent. Repeating the same thing day after day after day gets boring not only for you, but for your kids, as well—so when holidays roll around, it’s only natural that you’d take the opportunity to do something a little bit fun. Even if they’re not huge “calendar” holidays, you can still add a little bit of surprise into your day. For Mardi Gras, you can add in a whole lot of fun with just a little bit of extra. For example….
Make a king cake. You can do this one of two ways: the long, drawn-out way that takes the better part of a day, or the simple way. There are plenty of “easy” recipes that involve frozen bread dough, or even easier ones that involve crescent rolls or refrigerated cinnamon rolls. Or, even simpler, make cupcakes and frost them, then add green, yellow, and purple sprinkles.
Include a brief history lesson. Mardi Gras has a rich history, both secular and religious. Discuss the meaning of “Fat Tuesday” both as a last day of celebration before Lent and as the cultural celebration that occurs in New Orleans. Discuss the meanings behind the colors and what they represent: purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. You might even make this a creative writing exercise: have your kids create characters who are represented primarily by each of the colors.
Break out the beads. You can use them as a craft material or a dress-up material. Obviously, at your children’s ages, they should just be fun colors and pretty decorations—no flashing required!
Do a craft or two. They can be Mommy crafts that your children wake up to, or they can be crafts that your entire family does together. Choose what works for you!
Include a few decorations. What print-outs can you find floating around Pinterest that would be easy to hang and put together? What surprises can your kids wake up to?