Mardi Gras Mini Flag

Celebrate Mardi Gras in style. Eat a doughnut and make a flag! Crayola® Fabric Markers produce vibrant colors and are easy to use.

  • 1.

    Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" in French. It is a Christian tradition that is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday where people eat richer foods and celebrate before the Lenten season of fasting. The traditional colors of Mardi Gras are green (faith), gold (power) and purple (justice). Invite students working in small groups to investigate the history of Mardi Gras and how it is celebrated in their home countries. Provide text resources and access to teacher approved Internet resources for this study.

  • 2.

    Once research is complete, bring students together to discuss what they have learned. Ask them to organize a Mardi Gras celebration in honor of their study. To be included in their celebration, students will create Mardi Gras flags to decorate their party area.

  • 3.

    Students cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Provide each student, or groups of students, with a piece of white fabric (100% cotton). Students cut fabric into a rectangle measuring about 12in. x 16 in. (30.5 cm x 40.6 cm) with Crayola Scissors. Instruct students to place a piece of white paper underneath their fabric pieces.

  • 4.

    Invite students to create a design highlighting a symbol of Mardi Gras, such as the King’s crown or Fleur-de-lis using the green, yellow (for gold) and purple Crayola Fabric Markers.

  • 5.

    When finished, students ask an adult to iron their flag designs. Set iron on cotton setting and iron on the reverse side using a back and forth motion for 4 minutes. Or place the flag in the dryer for 30 minutes on the hottest setting. This will fix the color to the fabric.

  • 6.

    Stain Advisement: Fabric markers are permanent on clothing and contain colorants that may stain household surfaces. Students should wear a smock to protect clothing. Remind students to recap markers as soon as possible and store in them in a horizontal position. Markers should not be shaken.

  • 7.

    Once color is set into fabric, demonstrate to students how to fold over one of the shorter edges about 1 in. (2.5cm) and use masking tape to keep the fold secure, thus creating a pocket in the flags. Slip a dowel stick through the pocket and tie a piece of ribbon, string or yarn to each end of the dowel stick. Hang the flags and prepare for a celebration!

Standards

  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grade level text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • SS: Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.
  • SS: Give examples and describe the importance of cultural unity and diversity within and across groups.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.
  • VA: Integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in artwork.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: A Mardi Gras Dictionary by Beverly Vidrine; On Mardi Gras Day by Fatima Shaik; Mardi Gras In New Orleans: An Alphabet Book by Karen Jansen; Mardi Gras and Carnival (Celebrations in My World) by Molly Aloian
  • Encourage students to investigate the wearing of Mardi Gras masks. Use Crayola Model Magic to replicate a mask for the celebrations!
  • Students organize small groups into "krewes" to create parade float dioramas using recycled cardboard boxes.