In this week’s KidLit Pick this story is based on the favorite childhood tale “The Gingerbread Man.” The author uses Creole characters and familiar locations in New Orleans to introduce a repetitive story about a runaway baby…that escapes from the prized King Cakes being baked in time for Mardi Gras.
Great for fans of fairy tales. Includes a recipe for king cakes!
Craft: MARDI GRAS WREATH
King Cake Door Hanger Supplies: Thick white foam board, cutting tool, sandpaper, acrylic paint (purple, green, yellow, white, light tan), foam brushes, iridescent glitter, spray adhesive, assorted ribbon.
- Draw the shape of the outline of a king cake on foam board and cut it out. If you want the edges to be rounded and smooth, you can use some light sandpaper to smooth it out.
- Next, paint the light brown “bread” part of your king cake and let it completely dry.
- Then paint the white icing on the king cake but don’t completely cover all of brown “bread” you’ve painted.
- After the icing is completely dry, paint purple, green and gold icing sections over the white icing. Try not to completely cover all the white icing.
- Once the paint is completely dry, spray a thin layer of spray adhesive over the colored icing parts of your king cake and sprinkle with glitter.
- Drill two holes into the top of your king cake and weave the ribbon through the holes to hang it. Add a Mardi Gras bow to finish it off!