Gone are the days when kicking up my heels and flashing my “smile” are appropriate as good ol’ Fat Tuesday rolls around. I actually have never celebrated Mardi Gras, at least that I can remember. Maybe once… or perhaps that was Cinco De Mayo… not sure.
Anyway… I digress.
Regardless, there is literally zero possibility of finding me in New Orleans this carnival season lavishly indulging in food, fun, and refreshing beverages. But, really, what does New Orleans have that my toddler-filled home does not? The temperatures are above freezing right now, I’ve got bead necklaces out my wazoo (not earned in the traditional fashion mind you, but purchased at the local Dollar Tree), my girls and I can make some kick ass Mardi Gras masks together thanks to Pinterest, and I can get us some treats to eat ourselves silly over, I am sure.
Besides, toddlers act like little drunks all the time anyway, shouting slurred messages that can very well seem obscene, they are often unstable and falling down for unknown reasons, and their drunken banter of “I want toast,” “I don’t wanna eat toast!” “Give me my toooaast!” is endless. (My girls are angry drunks.) So let’s kick up our heels and have us a Toddler Fat Tuesday this year.
First, let’s adorn our bodies.
I don’t know about your kids, but my toddler daughters love them some beads!
Next, I found this easy mask making activity on Pinterest. All we need to do is to trace our hands on some paper, cut them out, glue them together, cut eye holes, decorate, and then tape to a straw, and we will be ready to Mardi Gras, baby. I don’t know that I own a straw, but I know I have some un-sharpened pencils from former treat bags, and will use those as my go-to backup.
Also, instead of using regular construction paper, which is all fine and good, I am going to use past water color paintings which I know are very vibrant in color, and are just kind of laying around. They should give the masks just a little more umph and up the toddler contribution for making them. The girls like to see us use past projects in new ways.
So, it looks like we are set for a Mardi Gras parade. All I need are some treats, and if I can’t find something or make something yummy, I know we have some left over candy canes the girls will go bonkers over if they are allowed to have some. They just happen to be brightly colored ones too so win, win!
Perhaps I won’t be cavorting in the Cajun bayou this year. Whatevs! I say, bring it on Fat Tuesday! This February 28th we are all set to paaaaaartaaay!
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