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Celebrate Mardi Gras in Reception

Julie St Clair Hoare By Julie St Clair Hoare

Bring the colour and excitement of Mardi Gras to your classroom!

Hamilton's Carnivals and Parades block in our Reception Celebrations topic provides plenty of opportunity to combine festive fun with effective learning.

Mardi Gras Session for Reception

Session two of Carnivals and Parades is fully focused on Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday as the last day before the start of Lent is also called.

Why is Nian sad? Can children help Nian by finding out about festivals and parades and letting him join in the fun? Children learn about Mardi Gras' floats, costumes and music alongside Nian. Finish the session with a mini class parade showing off your own shoe box floats and wearing Mardi Gras masks!

Our session guidance and resources tell you all about Mardi Gras traditions and how to make your own cake, float and masks, as well as how to samba dance your way through your parade.


This cross-curricular session covers the following Early Learning Goals:

  • Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
  • Represent ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.
  • Express self effectively and develop explanations by connecting ideas or event
  • Know about similarities and differences between others, and among families, communities and traditions.

Take a look at our Mardi Gras session today.