Monday, 20 February 2012

Mardi Gras For Kids

Mardi Gras For Kids
Mardi Gras is traditionally a time of colourful celebration before 40 days of Lent. Get your kids involved with our Mardi Gras crafts, printables, colouring pages and other fun activities!

What is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, and even Pancake Day in the UK, is an annual festival which will next be celebrated on 21st February in 2012. Falling just before Lent, it traditionally marks the last opportunity for fun and feasting before 40 days of "self-denial". Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" in French.
Festivities begin at the beginning of February, leading up to Mardi Gras day, and consist of parades, dancing in the street, costumes and masked balls. The modern Carnival tradition developed in Europe in the Middle ages, and is celebrated mainly in Roman Catholic communities in Europe and the Americas today. Some of the most famous celebrations are held in Nice (France), Cologne (Germany), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and New Orleans (USA)

When is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras will be celebrated on 21st February 2012.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012


DIY Scratch-Off Valentines

Scratching off lottery tickets can be fun every once in a while, and Instructables user hellobrit shows in the video above that it's simple to bring a scratch off message to your valentine this year.
Making scratch-off paint is easy; just mix 2 parts acrylic paint to 1 part dish soap. Go ahead and print out the card or get the Polaroid photo you want to cover ready. Tape off portions of the card that don't need the paint or just use a stencil to make sure your scratch-off paint is only applied where you want. Let the paint dry, and you'll probably need to add a second coat to completely cover your message or photo.
This method makes for a cute valentine—if you need a creative way to say ‘I Love You' consider giving it a try.