Category Archives: Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Frames

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Submitted by: Tracy Emond

Create a memorable frame to celebrate Mother’s Day or for a loved one!

Goals:

  • To build creativity and fine motor skills
  • To create a lasting keepsake

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: craft frames, tempera paint, paintbrushes, sponge/foam brushes, paint trays, glue, glitter, beads, feathers, pieces from old puzzles, pom-poms and other decorative items. Have children bring a current photo of themselves to class, or take a photo of each child to use for the activity.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Let each child choose the color(s) they would like to use to paint their frame. Allow them to paint the frames any way they like, and let dry overnight.

Step 2.
Provide children with the craft materials you have gathered to decorate their frames, and give each one a craft cup with glue and a foam brush to apply them. Encourage them to experiment using different materials as they work on the decorating their frames. Let dry overnight.

Step 3.
Insert each child’s photo into their individual frames and display in the classroom. Now students have a gift to take home for Mother’s Day or to have as a memorable keepsake!

Furthermore:
This is a great activity to incorporate a lesson about monochromatic colors (same color, different shades) or complementary colors (colors across the color wheel) when preparing to paint the frames. You could also have the children draw their portrait or write a poem to put into their frames as an alternative to using photos.

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Mother’s Day Flower Bouquet

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Colorful, handmade bouquets make the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Goals:

  • To reinforce fine motor skills
  • To encourage creativity while reinforcing color recognition skills

Before You Start:
You will need Texas Snowflakes, Colorations® Liquid Watercolor, an eyedropper, and craft wire.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Cut several petal shapes from Texas Snowflake material, leaving a short stem at the base of each petal.

Step 2.
Use eyedroppers to color petals with Colorations® Liquid Watercolor – encourage creativity by allowing the children to experiment with an array of colors.

Step 3.
When dry, gather petals at the base and wrap with craft wire to hold together. Position petals based on the type of flower you want to make.

Step 4.
For roses, overlap petals, for daisies, do not overlap.

Step 5.
You can also try using small Texas Snowflakes to make simpler flowers.

Step 6.
Add a pipe cleaner for the stem, and help young ones bundle the flowers with craft wire.

Furthermore:
These bouquets can also be used for classroom displays or as a colorful way to welcome springtime!

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Mother’s Day Ornaments

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Create a unique, personalized ornament for Mom using recycled materials from home!

Goals:

  • To create an original ornament to celebrate Mother’s Day
  • To teach children how to recycle common household items that can go from trash to treasure

Before You Start:
Have children bring plastic lids saved from clean, empty food containers such as cottage cheese, butter and yogurt (or provide some for those who may not have any). Prepare small bowls with glue and pre-cut circle shapes of Colorations® construction paper to fit the insides of the lids. Pre-cut pieces of ribbon to use for hanging “ornaments.” Set out Colorations® markers and crayons, stickers, buttons, beads, rhinestones, glitter and other appropriate decorative items. The teacher will also need to have scissors available.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Talk to the children about Mother’s Day. Ask what kinds of things that they love about their moms or caregivers. Explain that they will be creating their own unique ornaments with a special picture for their moms or someone special in their lives using the lids they brought from home.

Step 2.
Provide each child with construction paper circles for their ornaments. Have the children draw a self portrait (or a picture of their special person or mom) on the paper. Glue onto the insides of the lids.

Step 3.
Have children spread a small amount of glue with their fingers around the outside rim of the lids. Show them how to wrap ribbon around the lid and press into the glue to secure. Cut off any excess ribbon.

Step 4.
Allow the children to decorate the other side of their ornaments with markers, glitter, stickers and other collage items provided. Encourage them to experiment with different textures and colors for this open-ended activity.

Step 5.
Help the children cut a small slit near the top of the picture through the plastic lid and weave a piece or ribbon through. Tie the ends together to create a loop for hanging. Now everyone has a unique ornament to give as a gift and display for Mother’s Day.

Furthermore:
The teacher may also have the children to bring a photo of themselves (or take a photo of each child in the classroom) to use in place of drawing their self portraits. The children could also write (or dictate) a special message, such as “I love my mom” for the inside of the lids.

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