Take a magnet larger than the size of your childs hand. Dip their hand in paint, place on magnet, sign and date. You can cut out the shape too! This gives you a useful, decent sized magnet!
Take a foolscap Manila folder, the children do personal art work on the front. I prefer crayon resist, but hand prints are good for the younger child. Seal the sides with coloured tape. Put “Special Papers” along the top. This can be used for any special papers, recipes or receipts by the parent, and is something that is useful.
Trace around a cup shape onto pretty wallpaper and cut out. Have children glue JUST THE EDGES OF THE SIDES onto a fancy paper doily. Insert a tea bag with the string hanging out. Write:”Mom, You’re Just My Cup Of Tea!” Then have children dip the bowl of a plastic spoon in melted white or milk chocolate. Hold over a pan til most dripping stops. Dip spoon into nonpareills or other tiny cookie decorations. When cooled and solid, wrap saran over bowl of spoon and tie with a pretty ribbon. Mom can use this stir stick to make her Mother’s Day tea a special treat.
Do child’s hand print on a page with paint and place this poem on the page. EVERY MOTHER LOVES IT! A great keepsake!
Sometimes I might upset you
Just because I’m small
By leaving fingerprints of mine
On a table, chair or wall.
But everyday I grow a bit
And I’ll be big one day
When all my tiny fingerprints
Have long been cleaned away
So keep these prints of my two hands
To help you to recall
Just how big my fingers were
That time when I was small.
Mother’s Day Key Chains/Magnets
Have children trace their open hands on “shrink” plastic (available at craft stores) and then color as they wish. They can use permanent markers or acrylic paint. Let dry and punch hole in “palm” side of hand with hole punch. Heat in oven according to directions and add magnet or key chain and viola! A great AND usable gift.