Mardi Gras Carnival Masks were featured in some books we looked at recently. Carnivals are festivals that are full of colour, costumes and lots of music!
We had found these books at our local library which were very interesting. One of our favourites was ‘Mardi Gras and Carnival (Celebrations in my World)’ which seemed easy to read and had some fantastic photographs too.
Another of our favourites which helped us understand more about these festivals was ‘Carnivals from around the World’ which again was easy to read and very colourful!
We loved the colour, the glamour and the great fun that seemed to be shown in the pictures and illustrations in both of these books.
We decided to make for ourselves some Mardi Gras Carnival masks and play some Samba music to dance about to! To make our masks we found some cardboard drinks holders – these were the ones that you usually get from a fast food drive through (thru) to keep your cold drinks from spilling over.
After making sure that there were places to see out of (we carefully pushed a pencil through the cardboard to make eye holes) Peakles painted them with gold paint and we left them to dry.
Once they were dry we used our glue sticks to glue plastic jewels and feathers onto the masks.
Some people do not like having things tied around their heads so you could use a large lollipop stick or a chopstick and glue this onto the side of your mask so you can hold it up to your face.
Peakles and I enjoyed making these masks and there are many variations that you could try. Instead of using real feathers you could glue on cut out feathers or some foam shapes. Tiny balls of aluminium foil can be used if you do not have any plastic jewels. If you have a child who does not want a ‘sparkly’ mask then try out some different colours and add some tentacles or some zigzag lightening bolts instead!
For our mask Peakles decided to have some ribb0n secured onto the edges and knotted. This also meant that she was ‘hands free’ and able to join in with our Mardi Gras Carnival dancing!
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