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Mardi Gras Story Time

This was a bit of a difficult theme to do because there aren’t many resources online for it. However, I knew that I wanted to combine a Louisiana/Mardi Gras theme, so I ended up making it work with a bit of creativity.

I introduced the theme, and we sang our opening song: “If You Want to Hear a Story.”

Then, we read our first book, How the Crawfish Got His Shell by Cathy Lowry

This is a cute story that is made even better with a bit of a Cajun dialect. The kids loved the mean mosquito and felt so sorry for the poor little crawfish!

Then, we sang “Mardi Gras Masks” by Karla Thompson on The Perpetual Preschool.
(To the tune of “Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we make our masks,
Make our masks, make our masks.
This is the way we make our masks,
So early Mardi Gras morning.

First we glue some feathers on,
Feathers on, feathers on.
First we glue some feathers on
So early Mardi Gras morning.

Then we add some sparkles,
Sparkles, sparkles,
Then we add some sparkles
So early Mardi Gras morning.

Now we can have a parade,
Have a parade, have a parade.
Now we can have a parade
So early Mardi Gras morning”

There Was An Old Cajun by Deborah Kadair.

Instead of reading this story, I changed the pronouns from “he” to “she,” and we used my Old Lady puppet that I purchased on Amazon. I just found pictures similar to those in the book (I just found any old fish clipart for the gar), cut them out, laminated them, and fed them to Miss Edna.

Then, we read The Cajun Cornbread Boy by Dianne De Las Casas

This is a very cute twist on The Gingerbread Man. I loved the surprise ending, as did the kids!

After that, we sang “When the Saints Go Marching In” and did my Four Little Cajun Friends flannel
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This flannel was originally made by the youth facilitator before me and left here without words. I tried to contact her to get the words she’d written, but she couldn’t remember them. It was originally “Five Cajun Friends,” but I cut out one friend (and old lady) and wrote new words to go with the four:
“Four little Cajun friends throwing Mardi Gras beads
Opossum sees a king cake, and off she speeds!

Three little Cajun friends wearing purple, green, and gold.
Crawfish wants a mask and runs off to where they’re sold.

Two little Cajun friends enjoying gumbo from a pot
Gator hears some Zydeco, and off he goes to trot!

One little Cajun friend at the parade alone and sad
But back come her friends,and much fun was had!”

Dinosaur Mardi Gras by Dianne De Las Casas

This book is a bit long, so I had to cut it down a bit, but it’s pretty cute and repetitive so the kids can join in.

Our last song was “The Wheels on the Float.” I got the original idea from The Perpetual Preschool, but I came up with my own version.
(To the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The wheels on the float go round and round, round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the float go round and round.
All day long.
(Other verses include ‘the people on the float go whee, whee, whee,’ ‘the beads on the float go swish, swish, swish,’ ‘the horn on the float goes honk, honk, honk,’ and ‘the lights on the float go blink, blink, blink.’)

Then, we sang our “Goodbye, Goodbye” song, and that was it!

Of course we had to make masks for our craft for walk-in story time this week!
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