Green, Purple, and Gold
Mardi Gras celebrations show off the traditional colors of green, gold, and purple. These colors were chosen in 1872 by the King of the Carnival, or the "Rex". The colors hold special meaning:
- Green represents Faith
- Gold represents Power
- Purple represents Justice
Beads are a traditional part of Mardi Gras. As Beautiful floats pass by in the streets of New Orleans, audience members are thrown beads. The beads come in the variety of green, gold, and purple colors.
Have your students string their own beads
- Gold beads
- Green beads
- Purple beads
Put a twist into this activity. Make up two distinct patterns:
Boys will string their beads: Green, Gold, Purple
Girls will string their beads: Purple, Gold, Green
The repetitive stringing of the beads will aid children with the fine motor skills. The repetition will also help them recognize patterns. While students are stringing their beads ask them:
- What is another possible pattern with these three colors?
- What is we were to use just two colors?
- What kinds of patterns can we make with green & gold, gold & purple, purple & green?