May is on its way, and so is Mother’s Day! Depending on the age of your students, you may be searching for a cute and fun Mother’s Day Activity Idea. I always love giving the kids something special to gift their moms. To help you out, I came up with a list of ideas you can use with your sweet students. Continue reading to find inspiration. Don’t miss the adorable craft later in the post.
Invite Students to Make Homemade Cards
One of the easiest ways to honor mothers is by making them homemade cards. Provide students with cardstock, construction paper, markers, special pens, stickers, and other craft materials to make their own beautiful cards.
Some of the most cherished cards from kids are the ones they make all on their own. Mothers, grandmothers, guardians, and aunts will love receiving a well-thought-out card from a child.
Make a Handprint Apron
This craft will require a little more money, but if you can get your hands on an apron for each child, it’s so much fun. You just need an apron and some fabric paint. Paint each child’s hand with a color of their choice and press it down in the center of the apron. Then, use a Sharpie or paintbrush to write an M on each side of the handprint. It now says, MOM! This makes a great gift for younger students, and it’s so much fun to capture their handprints for loved ones. Grandparents will also love this gift.
Give Kids a Writing Prompt to Get Started
Some kids might need a little push to get started with their writing. If you want to provide your students with writing stems, try some of these great Mother’s Day writing ideas.
- I think great gifts for Mother’s Day are …
- When I think of my mom, I feel …
- If I were Mom for a day, I would …
- Tell us the funniest story you remember about your mom.
- Share a time you and your mom went on a wild adventure.
- Here are the top 5 (or another number) things I love about my mom …
- My mom is happiest when …
- If I were in charge of making dinner tonight, I would make …
- My mom is special because …
You could also use some sweet quotes and let students add them to their cards! Here are some of my favorites:
- “A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.” —Unknown
- “Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.” —Susan Gale
- “My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was.” —Lisa Leslie
- “The world needs our mothers.” —Liya Kebede
- “A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.” —Amy Tan
- “A mother’s love is more beautiful than any fresh flower.” —Debasish Mridha
Create a Pressed Flower Gift for Mom
All moms love flowers, right? Let kids pick some wildflowers outside, or bring a handful to school if it’s allowed. You can even collect some for them to use ahead of time. Using contact paper and some construction paper, press the flowers to create a card or gift for mom. Lay down a sheet (sticky side up) and press flowers and a construction paper border onto the sheet. Then, add another sheet of contact paper on top to secure everything.
Make a Mother’s Day Writing Craft Activity
Crafts and foldable activities are always a hit in the classroom. This Mother’s Day Activity Idea is simple to use and makes an adorable keepsake for mothers and mother figures. Kids color and cut out a basket of flowers and attach a sweet message inside. When moms open up the basket, they see the sweet note!
I love how simple it is to customize the flowers in the bouquet. Not to mention, coloring and cutting out the flowers will take time to do, and it works on their fine motor skills.
Create a Shrinky-Dink Handprint Keychain
Do you remember those fun Shrinky-Dink crafts we did as kids? You can easily make these in your classroom using plastic from a bakery container, or you can purchase the shrinkable film online. The bakery containers are just clear plastic containers you might buy some croissants or muffins in. Clean the containers well and use the flat parts to decorate pretty mother’s day gifts. If you have pieces large enough, use markers or paint to place each child’s handprint. Then, shrink them in the oven at 150 degrees for just a couple of minutes. Once they curl and flatten again, remove them.
*Note: Be sure to poke a hole in the plastic BEFORE baking so you can attach it to string or a keychain to give as a gift.
Be sure to Honor ALL Mother Figures
Remind students that they can give sweet gifts to all of the mother figures in their lives. This includes step-moms, grandmothers, guardians, aunts, and other women who are present in their lives on a regular basis.
I love hearing about the family dynamics when kids get to talking about their moms and anyone else they consider a mom. The love within the family really shines through. Invite kids to create cards and crafts for these amazing humans as well.
I hope you and your students enjoy using these fun Mother’s Day Activity Ideas in your classroom! Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours.
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