Contact_FullName: Li Binka
Area: Mother's Day Gift Idea
Materials: Dessert Recipe, Construction paper, Computer/Typewriter, Glue, hot glue/ gun, pipe cleaners, funny eyes that move smallest ones, clothes pins, magnets. (Wally World (WAl-Mart) This idea was passed onto me by another teacher. First, get a copy of a dessert recipe. Type it on to paper using really small font. You should be to fit the recipe at least 6 times on one sheet. Glue the sheet on construction paper. After the glue dries cut eat recipe out with design scissors. (Option) Then laminate then and cut them out again. Next, hot glue the eyes on the end of the clothes pin where it opens then ties the pipe cleaners on that end too. glue the butterfly wings on and stick the recipe in your butterfly's mouth. flip it over an glue on a magnet so it can stick on the refrigerator.
Area: Mothers day crafts
Mothers Day Bookmarks
precut paper into whatever size you want the bookmarks to be (I did 1 and 1/2 inches wide by 8 inches long)
On the front in marker write
My Mommy Is Special
On the back in a corner draw a heart and the child's name in pen
On the front, on both sides of the writing, make a flower using a marker to make the center (I did this part) and fingerprints to make the pedals.
When dry laminate project.
Area: Mothers Day
Mothers Day Bouquet
Large Bunn coffee filters
Bio Color liquid water colors
(tropical colors are most vivid)
Potpourri oil ( any scent you like)
Tissue paper ( floral patterns)
Pour several choices of watercolor into paint cups. Have children paint coffee filters, hang to dry. They are very wet but dry fast. Pull filter through hand and gather at center of the flower. twist and tighten with a pipe cleaner. Pull and shape to fan out like a flower. Label with masking tape and write names. Gather and twist into a bouquet. Wrap tissue paper around flowers and tie and curl ends with curling ribbon. We cut rectangle cards out of colored paper that the children chose. Then using scissors that make nice shapes, children wrote their names and added I love you. Hole punch and tie to flowers. Use one drop of oil onto flowers and Walla!!
Happy Mothers Day! They loved painting these. Very messy, but soooo much fun! Melody
Area: Mother's Day
I found some canvas tote bags on sale at Hobby Lobby, on one side I stamped a beautiful picture of flowers and painted the words, I love you Mommy. On the other side I let the children paint their handprints with fabric paint. All of the mothers loved their totes and were really excited to see their child's handprints.
Area: Mothers Day crafts
My daycare got this idea from a campfire group. Take your child's photo. Take a pocket off of an old pair of blue jeans. Cut a circle in the center, add photo in between layers of jean, and decorate around the photo on the material. Add a magnet on the back-adorable!
Contact_FullName: Erin Jameson
Area: mothers day
Have the children paint small terra cotta pots with acrylic paint, when dry clear coat spray them. Place a piece of floral foam inside of the pot. Have the children glue together a sunflower and paint a tongue depressor stick green. Then glue a photo of the child in the middle of the flower and tie a ribbon on the stem. Put some Spanish moss on top of the pot and then stick the flower into the pot. Around the rim of the pot using a paint pen write "If moms were flowers, "I'd pick you!"
Area: mothers day art
Get a white T-shirt and stick your hands in colorful paint (mainly any color your mother likes, anything would look great!). Then put your hand prints all over the front and of the shirt and then write on the front (with a permanent marker) "my mom's a hand on person!" or "this is how good my mom's food is!" she's guaranteed to LOVE IT!!!
Contact_FullName: Dee Ginarte
Area: Mothers day or general gift ideas
Take a Styrofoam coffee cup, cut straight lines from the top of the cup until you get two thirds down the cup. Do this all around the cup. Put it in a toaster oven at approximately 150 degrees and watch the ends start to curl under. It happens very quickly and you must remove it before its completely curled or it will melt. This makes a great flower! Then have the children paint. When dry cut out a cute picture of the child for the center of the flower, and hot glue a pin on the back for a lovely mothers day pin.
Area: Mothers Day Art
I do this craft with my 3&4 year olds. You need a small terracotta pot for each child(their 3 for a $1.00 at Hobby Lobby) and a real Mum flower for each pot. Plant the mums 1 to 2 weeks before Mothers Day in the pot, wrap yellow & white checkered ribbon or any other color ribbon around the top of the pot. Then with yellow, blue, red etc.. puffy paint write #1 MUM on the side of the pot and let dry. My moms absolutely love these #1 Mum flowers.
Area: Mothers Day Gifts
Our pre School children are adding different flower stickers to a cleaned detergent bottle w/ the spout still in tact, and making watering cans for Moms plants, then planting a small plant into the lid of the same bottle, it takes a while to get several of these saved but ask family & friends to donate. These are very cute and very useful too.
Area: Mothers Day Gifts
Bracelet for Mom
You will need beads and elastic.
Have children bead a bracelet using the above items.
Present to mommies on Mothers Day.
I have some mommies still wearing them on a daily basis!!!
Area: Mothers Day Gifts
Queen for a Day
1) Make sashes with long plastic ribbon preferably the kind in which you can write on with a permanent marker. Write something like "Mother of the Year 2003" or "Queen Mommy". Have the sash resemble the "Miss America" sash.
2) Make crowns. In the past we used the crowns from Burger King and redecorated it. You may also make them from cardboard and foil.
3) Make a bouquet of flowers, real or artificial.
4) Have children insure all mommies wear their Queen Attire all day on Mothers Day.
Area: Mothers Day - Art
Make a Mothers Day corsage. Fold a coffee filter (white one) into fourths. Have children color with markers and spray with water. The colors bleed through the filter. With our younger children we pre-wet the filters and let them drop on liquid watercolor paint. Let dry. Stack 3 on top of each other. Gather to make a carnation and using a green pipe cleaner, wrap it around the bottom, cut close to flower and bend up sharp edge. We sprayed them with a light perfume. We put these in a corsage bag with a pearl head pin. You could attach a poem to the bag. Moms loved them, a flower that lasts forever.
Area: Mother's Day crafts
Get a big sheet of card. Write on it 'My mummy....'
Talk about the things their mothers do for them (e.g.. take them to the beach, look after them when they're ill, help them tie their laces) and get the children to draw pictures of this or cut out pictures from magazines. Stick them on the card and put up on the wall. Remember, some kids may not have mums so include dads, grans etc. were appropriate.
Area: mothers day- art
This poem can be used with prints of childrens hands around
There used to be so many of my
Fingerprints to see,
On the furniture and walls and things
From sticky, grubby me
But if you stop and think a while
You�ll see I�m growing fast,
Those tiny hand prints disappear,
You can�t bring back what�s past.
So here�s a small reminder,
To keep, not wipe away,
Of tiny hands and how they looked,
To make you smile some day.
I let each child pick two plastic spoons, the kind they use for snack works great. In the microwave I melted chocolate chips with a drop of milk and a little vanilla, I let each child dip the spoon and let it harden overnight in the refrigerator. Then I gave them plastic coffee cups with handles (party box sells them for $2 for 10)and I let them glue flowers from spring napkins on them. I wrapped up the spoon and stuck them in the cup. They also made a card that says a cup of tea for mommy & me. They can stir the spoon in their coffee, tea, milk, and each mom got an extra to share with the child.
Hugs and Kiss Box
I bought small wooden boxes (any type of box with a lid would work) from Wal-Mart and I had the kids paint the box a pretty pastel color. When the box is dried, you put Hershey Kisses and Hershey Hugs into the box. Then you attach this poem to the box:
This is a very special box, that only you can see. The reason it's so special it's just for you from me. It's filled with hugs and kisses, as sweet as sweet can be. Just hold the box close to your heart, and you'll always think of me.
During our planting theme I used the lima bean experiment and had the children wet their lima bean with a paper towel and put it in a Ziploc bag. We waited a couple of days and then planted them into a clear plastic cup. For mother's day I bought each child in my class a clay pot (.44 cents @ Wal-Mart)I let the children paint their pots with acrylic paint then attached the following poem that I wrote:
I had a little bean and I put it in a bag, It grew roots and a stem and I was very glad, I took it and I planted it in hopes that it would grow, I gave it sun and water and the leaves began to show, I put it in a special pot that I painted just for you, I helped it grow with lots of and I know that you will too! By: Andrea Walls
I thought it turned out really cute and wanted to share it for teachers to use in the future!!
Every year for our Mother's Day project we paint the small clay pots. We paint the bottom green (to look like grass) and the top white (to look like the sky) I then have each child place their thumb into red pain and place it on the green area. This will look like lady bugs crawling around. After it dries, I go back and add black marks to resemble a lady bug. I have never had a mom complain and the children will love doing it.
"You are my Sunshine" flower pot
You need a small clay pot, you can purchase at Wal-mart for .25. Green Styrofoam and wire sticks.
Take a picture of the student and cut into the shape of the sun. Glue a yellow construction paper sun to the back of the picture. Attach sun picture to the wire. Stick the wire into the Styrofoam and place in the clay pot. During your Mother's Day Tea party, the children sing "You are my Sunshine" and deliver the flower to their mother. It is heart warming to parents and teachers.
I work in a classroom of two year olds and we found this real neat idea of painting cottage cheese containers and then planting a small plant in them.
Sung to the tune of "Jingle Bells"
I love mom; I love mom; I think she's really neat.
Here is another song I wrote sung to the tune of "row, row, row your boat"
Love, love, love your mom love her with all your heart.
Hug... Kiss... Help...
There are four verses total. replace the word, "love" with "hug, kiss & help" for the next three verses.
Get some plastic prescription bottles (colored ones work well) have the children put some beads inside the container. Put them on a cookie tray and put them in the oven at 350 for a few minutes . Watch them closely. when they are melted , take them out and let them cool. They make a great broach. Just glue a safety pin on the back . Moms love them and will actually wear them.
We will to the tea party theme day around mothers day & make a card for mom. I will take a photo of each child at a tea table we will use these poem. (I couldn't find a poem I liked so my husband wrote this one for me.) (Please use it if you want, just list the author's name, in case it is famous one day!!!)
Tea Time By Jerry Jurden
The little hand is on the four, I think its time for tea. Ill set the plates and pour the drinks For my best friend and me.
Yeah sometimes I like to pretend And play all by myself. Ive got my Pooh and Teddy Bear That sit up on the shelf.
But they cant talk and play with me The way my best friend can, So every day at four oclock I run and grab her hand. Come on, come on, its time for tea! I say with quite a shout Please come and sit here in your chair, Its already pulled out!
And even though the chairs too small She sits there anyway. She smiles at me and drinks my tea And says, How was your day?
We sit and talk and laugh and play And when our time is through She says, Oh, thank you for my tea! And I say, Thank you, too!
So when at night I lie in bed And think of my best friend I hope that tea time with my Mom Will never, ever end!
Take a pot for plants and let the kids decorate it with paint and markers. Next, put in old playdough that is almost dry then let your child pick out some silk flowers. This makes the sweetest gift and mom will cherish it for life. My 3 year old did this for me!!
Mother's Day Picture Poems
For a Mother's Day/End of the Year gift, I print out a poem on cardstock about the kids growing up and getting bigger and how much their mom has helped them. (Any poem about mothers is suitable.) Then I use photo safe glue to paste a picture of the student from the beginning of the year on one side of the poem and at the end of the year on the other side. (I send it home in a folder to make sure it doesn't get bent.) It makes a nice framable gifts for the moms.
For mothers day my 3 year old class made hot plates for mom. We used medium size ceramic tile and wrote I Love You across the top and the child's name across the bottom in different colors of permanent marker. Then we painted the child's hand with tempra paint and put the child's handprint in the middle. Let both the wording and the paint dry for about 2 hours (or until dry) and then shellac the tile and let dry. (This could also be used for dad too.)
Mother's Day Gift Handmade Hand towels
This project took a little time but my children's mothers loved it! I took the white hand towels (Bar Towels) I found them 8 in a pack for $5.00 at Wal-mart. I bought puffy paint and took each child's name and wrote it at the bottom of the towel in reasonable size letters. I put a heart in front of each child's name to symbolize from or love. Then after letting them dry over night I took each child and placed there hand in puffy paint that I squirted from the bottle onto Styrofoam to make a good thick print. I placed the child's handprints on the towels in the center! I also took their thumbs and made dots on the top and the bottom of the towel. Like I said it took a bit of time and a little bit of money but my mother's adored their handmade hand towels!!
For Mother's Day (this would work for Fathers, too) I had my 2-3 yr olds make bookmarks for mom. I simply cut strips out of construction paper to (about 2 inches by 8 inches). On one side they "stamped" different colors of paint with their fingertips. When dry, I drew petals around the dots of color (using their fingerprints as the center of the flower). Then, on the opposite side of the bookmark, I wrote "I love my Mommy because..." and had the children finish the sentence, writing down each child's response. Kids say the cutest things! Afterwards, I laminated the bookmarks, punch a hole, and have the children lace a piece of ribbon through the hole to finish it off. The moms will love their child's precious fingerprints as well as their responses to why they love mommy!
Materials: - clean baby food jars, - Epsom salts - food coloring - scented oil (strawberry, lavender, etc) - ribbon - bowls - spoons
1. Separate Epsom salts into three bowls (or however many colors you want to do).
2. Add a few drops of food coloring in each bowl and stir well. Add more until salt is desired color.
3. Add a few drops of scented oil in each bowl and stir again.
4. Provide each child with a clean baby food jar and assist them in scooping Epsom salts in their jar. Alternate colors for a beautiful layered look.
5. Place lid on jar and decorate with ribbon.
I use the poem: Here's a happy Hug-A-Bunch. Wrap it around and feel the crunch. May smiles and kisses come your way, with lots of love on Mother's Day! Let the children write this on handwriting paper. Tape 2 11"17 pieces of paper together, gluing their poem in the middle. Put their handprints on either side and roll it up like a scroll.
Mother's Day Sachet Materials: Garden glove, potpourri, ribbon, fake fingernails, beads, craft glue Stuff the fingers of the glove with stuffing. then glue on fake fingernails and any other decorations. Stuff the rest of the glove with potpourri, and tie the end with ribbon.
Cute as a Button photo frame: take a picture of each child in your class. Purchase colored poster board and cut it into a frame shape with an opening large enough for the photo (usually 3x4) and enough space around the photo for the children to glue buttons. On the bottom of the frame write: Cute as a Button. On the sides and top allow the children to select and glue a variety of buttons. You can add a magnetic strip to the back if desired.
We had the children make fingerprint flowers for their moms for mother's day last year. We cut out flower pots out of brown construction paper, had the children glue these on paper, then glue a pipe cleaner "stem" on, then dip their fingers in paint and put the petals on the flower. We used the lid of 20 oz. or two liter soda bottles, dipped in paint, for the center of the flowers. We then found a cute poem about moms to glue on the side.
Mother's Day corsage
Most pre-schools/Day Cares always has markers. When our markers have gone dry, we keep the lids (fat markers or stampers) We have the children create flowers using, liquid watercolors, eye droppers, coffee filters. Once dry, twist with a pipe cleaner or wire to form a flower. (You can use different size filters.) Put a small amount of clay or play dough inside the marker lid, push pipe or wire into lid. Let set overnight or until hard. Teachers will need to hot glue a craft pen to back of lid. Once dry, let children practice making loops with ribbon to form a wild bow, tie around or hot glue (teacher) to front of lid.
Our moms really enjoyed these and it was a great way to reuse our marker lids.
Our class created a statue of their mothers.
Supplies: empty toilet paper roll; white plastic spoon (or clear); scrap material pieces; ribbons, lace, small buttons (anything to decorate for clothing); tempra paint in skin tones; craft hair (yarn, string, anything available).
Allow the children to choose the skin tone of choice to paint the spoon. The back part of the spoon will be the face. (Scooped side will be back). Let dry. Have the children choose material for a "dress" and wrap around toilet roll (measuring and cutting skills). Glue to roll. Add whatever accents the children would like for their "mothers" to have. Glue the spoons to the inside front of the toilet paper roll. Create a face using a black permanent marker (they can use pink paint for cheeks if they would like). Glue hair to top, sides, and back of spoon to cover all but the face. (Depending upon how much hair and decorations, something to the inside back of roll as a weight.)
Our mothers really enjoyed these.
Mothers Day pin. Make a simple air dry dough, cut out shapes. Let the kids decorate any way you like. Glue pin on back.
Dough recipe 1 1/3 C flour 1/2 C salt 1/2 C hot water Mix then knead to form dough, roll out and use cookie cutters let dry 24hrs. on baking rack. Decorate as you wish.
For Mother's Day, we recently made handprints set in Plaster of Paris. We mixed the plaster to a thick consistency and poured it into large oval plastic plates. When this was almost set, the children pressed one hand (with assistance) into the plaster. Next to the handprint we pressed in a copy of the following poem which had been photocopied onto a small card: Sometimes you get discouraged Because I am so small And always leave my fingerprints On furniture and walls But everyday I'm growing up And soon I'll be so tall That all those little handprints Will be difficult to recall. So here's my little handprints That you can put away And you will know how my fingers looked On this happy day! A small wooden heart was placed at the top of the poem and a paper clip added at the top of the plate to enable the plaster to be hung up later. When these were dry, we removed the plastic plates and sprayed the plaster back and front with gold spray paint (we covered the paper poem at this stage). The hearts were painted pink and a ribbon attached for hanging. These were so effective and very popular with the children and Mums alike.
Notepad for Mom
Supplies: Plastic or ceramic tile (I have been able to find these at a few thrift stores) Paper cut to size of notepad 3-4 colors of copier paper wooden clothespins paint
Have the children paint a design on the shiny surface of the tile. Provide each child with a piece of paper cut to size. Have him or her draw a picture (perhaps of mom or the child). Then copy this off on the printer using the different colors of paper. Attach to the painted tile with a wooden clothespin (can be painted if preferred) Mom will love it!
Mothers Day Gift We ask parents for an old shoe of the child's preferably a tie one, sneakers are fine. We then spray paint them gold or let the children paint them with metallic liquid paint. We then get 3 oz Dixie cups and plant little flowers in them like marigolds, the children then place the cup in the shoe and a perfect gift for Mom and a great keepsake.
You can make a rose by painting individual egg holders from egg cartons and then sticking a green pipe cleaner through it, knotting it on the inside of the egg holder so it will not slip out.
A Mothers Day treasure box:
Mother's Day celebration: The book, Five Minutes' Peace, by Jill Murphy will set the stage for our Mother's Day celebration this year. The book revolves around a mommy elephant who wants "Five Minutes' Peace" from her 3 children and escapes to the bathroom with a newspaper, teapot, piece of cake, etc, to take a bubble bath. Within two minutes, all 3 children end up in the tub with bath toys! The mom then dries off and retreats back to the kitchen for the 3 minutes of peace left.
As a class, the children will each prepare a tray of things for a relaxing bath for their moms as follows: 1) bottom of gift box to be painted and modpoged with magazine pictures and their own photograph; 2)we will make bubble bath from a recipe and pour into plastic bottles; 3)we will make a cake and slice and wrap pieces; 4)we will include a teabag; and 5)we will "write" a front page story about ourselves to represent the newspaper. Finally, 6)a small rubber duck is included.
The children will assemble their trays and present them to their moms
after we read the book as a class. Before the gifts are distributed, the
children will give their moms a little neck rub to relax them. P.S. We are
a Christian preschool and will include a bookmark with "My peace I give to
you." John 14:27.
Every year I make mothers day wreaths with my kindergarteners. We buy straw wreaths (small) found at any craft store for about 75-99 cents. I have ask parents if they have any material that they have left over at the house to donate this earlier in the year. You also have the option of purchasing scraps at a fabric store. We then cut the material out for the children in squares. The children take the squares and punch them into the straw wreath with children's scissors. We spread this out over a week. They then decorate their wreath with fake flowers or whatever they would like and it makes a great hand made gift that moms love.
We collect 16oz bottles of soda (empty) We give the kids tissue paper and glue and let them cover the bottle with the tissue paper (depending on the age group you could make the tissue paper small or larger for younger children) Let it dry over night and let the children pick their artificial flowers that they would like to put in their vase. Nice gift to give mom on the day of her t-party.
Mother's Day Aprons You can purchase Chef style bibs at your restaurant supply places (look in the yellow pages) cost about $4.00 each.
Get pink and purple fabric paint.
Use a tin pie pan and put a piece of felt in the pie pan, add fabric paint on the felt.
Now put child's hand into the paint and press onto the apron.
Something mom will have for years and be proud to wear, and how fun to see how much bigger that little hand has gotten over the years.
Mother's Day Pins Supplies: Wooden heart Pin back White/red Crayola coloring crayons
Adult must help with this project. Warm up crayon's (don't mix too many color or turns green or brown). Best to use white and one other color.
Then use a toothpick and run the colors together (can melt in a tin in water on the oven), or in little potpourri cookers.
Then swirl wooden heart through melted crayons. Pull out and let dry.
Now use fabric paint and put: #1 Mom, or I (heart) MOM. This step is optional (turn out great without).
Glue pin back to back of wooden heart
Mother's Day Pillowcase
Go to the dollar store and purchase enough plain white pillowcases for each child in your classroom. Have the children sponge paint designs on the pillowcases using liquid fabric paint. Let dry. Fold the pillowcase up, put a bow on it, and let the children take it home for mom.
Materials: Paper, paint, heart shaped sponge, green construction paper strips and leaves, glue, poem. (I do the poem on the computer in pretty handwriting.)
Mother's Day Card On the white construction paper folded, put a child's handprint then glue the flower stem and leaves. When that is dry, sponge paint the heart over the hand in a different color. Put the poem next to it on the cover, or on the inside. Poem: A piece of me I give to you. I painted this flower to say, "I love you." The heart is you. The hand is me. To show we are friends- The best there can be. I hope you will save it, And look back someday At the flower we shared On your special day.
Author Kathleen Lademan
Mother's day t-shirts. White t-shirt, spring colors fabric paint. Print child's hand in front of the shirt, make handprint like a flower, with leaves and a stem, write child's name at the bottom, (I made more than one print if mom has more children) make fingerprints of the child like bugs on the shirt, make a small butterfly on the top left or right, Then you write a little poem: Mother's love helps me grow!!! My mother's loved it.
Easter and/or Mothers Day Gifts
You will need: 1.Baby Food Jars w/lids (cleaned) 2.Playdough or other type of clay 3.Various straw flowers or fake flowers in small sizes. You may use plastic miniature rabbits, eggs etc.
Press a small amount of play dough onto the lids underside. Push your flowers or other objects into the play dough (you can even use a small cross for a church activity) You may add as many as desired providing that you can still attach the lid back onto the jar. You also have the option of painting or adding glitter to the remainder of the exposed play dough. Leave the lid exposed to air overnight so the play dough will dry out and in the morning fasten the lid back on. It will look like a enclosed vase with flowers. They are simple and quite impressive!
Things needed: Straws, white glue, asst. tissue paper, baby food jars. glue tissue paper around one end of a straw for the petals of a flower. place finished flowers in baby food jars. Here is a nice gift for mom or a sick friend.
I recently did this project with my 2 year old son. I had a lot of potpourri left over from the holidays and lots of cute pictures. I decided to make picture frames from cardboard and put dabs of glue on the frame. I had previously separated the dried flowers from the potpourri. So he had fun picking which ones would go where. When the frame was done we taped a string to the back to hang it from. Then we went through the pictures and he picked which one to put in the frame while it was drying. He had a lot of fun and grandma loved the project!
For a Mother's Day gift each year, we make a hat using a cardboard type paper plate with the curved edges and the same type bowl. We glue the bowl to the middle of the paper plate so that it resembles a straw hat. Then we let each child choose a color and let them paint their hat. Then we (teachers) using a hot glue flowers and a bow to the hat for decoration. On the back we use the tab off of a coke can for the hanger.
I found this at a friends house: this poem printed at the bottom of a piece of paper -
Here are my hands one red, one blue
Children put their hand prints in the middle of the page along with their name. date can be added e.g. Fathers Day 2000, and name of your center.
Let each child pick out 3 puzzle pieces from a 50-100 piece puzzle. (cheap at a drug store) Let child glue pieces on top of each other (kind of spread out) add a small bow made from ribbon and a heart button (from a craft store) hot glue a pin attachment to the back. Let child wrap gift.
Mother's Day Corsage - Purchase small paper doilies. Have the children take small squares of various colored tissue paper and crush up each square. Glue the crushed tissue paper into the center of the doily so that it looks like small flowers. Leave the lacey edge showing. Add a small bow to the bottom, and a craft jewelry pin to the back. My Moms have enjoyed wearing their corsages on Mother's Day!
Make wheelbarrel planters using laundry detergent scoops and milk cap lids. Fill detergent scoops with soil. Plant marigold seeds. Glue on milk cap lid wheels with hot glue gun. I found that it is easier to grow the plants first in a planter starter kit and then transfer them to the laundry detergent scoops to help prevent overwatering from the little ones.
Mother's Day Note/Recipe Holders
Each child will need a wooden paint stir stick (if you sweet talk your local hardware clerk you can usually get these free) and a regular wooden clothes pin. Teachers will need to hotglue the wooden clothes pin to the bottom end of the paint stir stick ahead of time and drill sm. hole in the handle of the stick for hanging purposes. Children can then paint the sticks and decorate with stickers.(Tempra paint works as long as it is not too thick) A small ribbon bow around the top of the handle adds a cute touch. Let the children decorate a 3x5 index card that says "Mom's Notes/Recipes" and place it in the clothes pin. (Helpful Hints: When allowing the children to paint, place a piece of folded paper in the clothespin until it drys. This will stop it from drying and sticking shut. Magnetic strips can be used instead of drilling holes to hang. Woodglue also works in place of hotglue but takes longer to dry.
Allow each child to create his/her own recipe. Write down the recipe EXACTLY as the child states it. Ask the child open ended questions like: "How do we make this?" "What temp. do we bake this?" "How long do we bake it for?" "How many cups of....? (you get the idea) After each child has completed a recipe make enough copies for each mom to have their own "preschool cookbook" Let each child design a cover and laminate it. (I had a mom laugh so hard she cried when she read her sons recipe for "Turtle Brownies") The recipes will be treasured forever even if they are never tried. Helpful hint: If a child has some problems getting started sometimes having a few magazines with food pictures in front of the child helps jumpstart their little minds into creating and imagining their recipes.
Mother's Day Candles
You will need: 1 small baby food jar for each child, get donations from parents. various colors of tissue paper cut into 1 inch squares.. votive candle. (These can be found very cheaply at the dollar store), the white ones in silver votive. The children glue the pieces of tissue paper all over the baby food jar any way that they choose....after the glue is dry place the votive candle inside of the jar. When lit these candles are very pretty and make a great mothers day gift.
What you'll need:
Cologne, perfume, rosewater, or other fragrance
Ribbon or lace
Paint or fabric to cover lid
A glass or metal bowl
Liquid soap**Buy at Pharmacy
This formula used 3 cups of Epsom salts to 1 tablespoon of Glycerin. It makes enough bath salts to fill one to three medium jars. Begin by getting the jar ready. Decorate the lid by painting it or gluing fabric onto it. In a cup, mix the glycerin and food coloring. (Don't over do the food coloring or someone will end up with colored skin) To the glycerin and coloring, add a few drops of perfume or any other liquid fragrance. Pour the fragrant, colored glycerin into a large bowl and add the Epsom salts. Gently stir the two substnaces with your fingers until the salts are all the same color. For foaming bath slats, combine 2 tablesppons of liquid soap with one tablespoon of glycerin. You may need to add more Epsom salts, if the bath salts look heavy. When the salts are mixed, fill a jar and tie with ribbon or lace.
Bookmarks - " Why I Love My Mom"
Plan ahead. You will need a small photo of each child. It is best to take the photo yourself so that you get the right size picture.For the bookmark, cut a piece of poster board approximately 6" x 2". Glue the picture onto the top 1/4 of the bookmark. Ask each child individually what they like best about their mom. Try to get them to tell you 4 or 5 things and record their words precisely.Using the coolest font on your computer, list the 4 - 5 things in such a way that you can then glue that paper to the bookmark and then laminate it.You can skip the posterboard if you like and print directly onto paper, but poster board does make a more durable keepsake.
JEWEL BOX ...with homemade JEWELRY
Small-medium size box with lid per child
dried flowers,or artificial ones
Have the children decorate the lid. Include a poem underneath the lid. We had our children make a cooked dough ornament, poking a hole in the middle. Prior to baking have the children paint it, string a piece of ribbon, or leather thru the hole......,viola necklace! Fill bottom of box with tissue paper, and put the necklace inside, cover with decorative lid! Very pretty, mom will love it!!!
Take individual pictures of each of your children. Make a picture frame out of poster board. Let child glue buttons, beads, etc. onto the poster board. After it dries, glue the picture onto the back, cover with construction paper, put name of school and date, add magnetic strip.
Get a mini-picture of each child. Cut out 4X6 pieces of construction paper (various colors) for front and back covers and blank white paper for inside papers. Glue the pictures to the front cover and write: To Mother, with love on the front cover also.
Inside, on each white blank page, have the children write a "coupon" for their mother and illustrate each sheet, too. Coupons could include items such as Redeemable for one hug each morning, Redeemable for <child's name> to vacuum house without being told, Redeemable for dish washing, etc. Show the children coupons from magazines so they can draw theirs like a coupon if they would like or they could create their own design. The mother's will be extremely happy with these. Who wouldn't be?
6pack ring roses:
3 six pack rings, 2 painted red one painted green.
Cut six pack ring into thirds at the narrowest point. place on of the green thirds on a shishkebab stick, placing the ring through the center first then folding down both sides PIECING the plastic. Push down about half way, followed by six red ring following the same procedures, but turning each petal 1/4. to create the bud of the rose. You may paint the stick green to look more like a stem. I choose to do these to add to a dried flower arrangement done by me four year olds, for Mother's Day. My mothers thought it was wonderful.
Mothers Day Gift
You'll need a small glass jar/bottle, bath salts, piece of material, ribbon.
Fill the jar/bottle with bath salts and cover the top of the bottle with the fabric and tie with ribbon. But you also have to add a poem!
A Tablespoon of Bath Salts to say THANK YOU For All the Things You've Done, and Wishes that the Day will Bring YOU Happiness and Fun. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Love___________________
Cut a 12" circle out of bright poster board. Cut the center of the circle out and replace it with same color tissue paper. Puff up the tissue paper to make the top of the hat. Glue a small scarf across the top of the hat gluing to each side of the hat, where the tissue meets the poster board (to tie around mom's neck) Glue bright colored tissue paper around the top of the hat where the center circle meets the poster board. Now you have a mothers day hat!
Mother's Day Shirts
Tshirts for the Moms, Fabric Paint
Have the children dip one hand in paint and press it onto the back of the t-shirt. Then write "My Mommy deserves a pat on the back!" over the handprint. Underneath the handprint write the child's name and the date. The mothers love it! It can also be used for Fathers, Teachers, Grandparents or other "special someones" in the child's life.
Mother's Day Flower Planter
plastic drink cups
flower seeds or small plant
I find empty cans (formula or veg.) that a 20 ounce plastic cup will fit in. poke holes in the buttom of the plastic cup for draining. Glue the top edge of the cup to the can. Glue the craft sticks to the outside of the can. I hold them in place until they are dry with rubber bands. Paint the craft sticks (I usually use brown) to look like a planter. After the paint is dry fill the cup with potting soil. You may plant flower seeds or an allready growing flower in the planter and give some water. I had my daycare children do this project for Mother's Day four years ago, some of the mothers still have the same plant growing in them. Other mothers are asking when they will get one or if we can make more than one for them!!
.2 or 3 liter soda bottle cut off bottom half use for planter:
Scallop edges, punch small holes in bottom for drainage; let children paint, add liquid soap to paint for better adhesion. Let dry completely; seal with watered down white glue or acrylic sealer. From let over part of bottle cut a 1/2 in wide strip to use for handle, attach handle to "basket" by punching hole on sides and attaching with brads. Fill with lightweight potting soil (Most places will sell you a "torn" bag for 50% off. Fill with inexpensive annuals. Offer a selection so the children can choose which ones they want to use to fill their basket. You will need to cram the flowers in about 4 small plants so that the basket will look full. You could add a note card handmade by the children attached to a craft stick, poke down in soil.
Get the plastic candy molds that are sold at discount stores or craft stores. Mix plaster of paris and pour into the molds. When the molds have hardened just a little use a safety pin and press into it. Be sure to spray the molds with Pam cooking spray before pouring the plaster in. When they are dry let the children paint them with tempra paint or water colors. These make great mothers day gifts.
Mother's Day Trivet
Materials: a white 8"x8" tile (around 80 cents)
Acrylic or tile paint
Sponges cut into shapes-squares or triangles
A fruit/flower stencil (found at craft stores)
Cut felt into 1" squares and have the children put a square on each corner, on the back of the tile.On the front, using sponge pieces, sponge print the front of the tile-patterns look nice. Let it dry overnight. The next day, using a fruit or flower stencil, have the children stencil a middle design. Let dry for 24 hours.
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Have the children bring in a plastic scoop from laundry detergent. Fill with potting soil and plant marigolds or other flower in them. Use big buttons (4 per child) and glue on sides for wheels. You could also use construction paper for the wheels. The mothers love them.
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Ask each child to bring in an old shoe. Using small plastic bags, line the shoe with the bag having the top of the bag at the top of the shoe sticking out. Fill the bag with potting soil and plant a fern or small plant in it. Garnish with ribbons or lace or bow or fancy shoe strings. Guaranteed to be the most fsvorite mother's day gift!
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The children will need an empty tin can, the vegetable size works well. Spray paint the can with a flat enamel paint. After the paint has dried, have the children dip their hands into nontoxic craft paint. The children should rub their hands together as if washing their hands so that the paint is not too thick. Have the children "hug" the can with their hands. You may need to help them place their hands on each side of the can. Use pastels for spring holidays and red/green for winter holidays. Use raffia or cloth for a ribbon decoration. If you are real ambitious, drill two small holes on each side of the can and place a thin wire for a handle. They can can be used for cotton balls, Q-tips, or pencils...whatever. Tuck in a poem or note about tiny hands, etc. and there's the gift. Easy and inexpensive!
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For Mother's Day, we make "marblized" magnets.
You will need:
a 9x13 cake pan, laundry starch, liquid tempra, construction paper, tagboard (we use old folders), glue, scissors, and magnet tape.
Pour the starch in the pan about an 1/2 inch deep. Dribble in the tempra. 1 or 2 colors works best. Swirl it around and place the paper on top. Pull it out. When it dries, glue it to the tag board.
Cut any shape write your message on it and add the magnet.
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Mother's Day Picture Magnet
Take a picture of each child and have developed beforehand.
Cut around the picture to show only the child.
Cut a piece of magnet sheet approximately the same size as the cut picture.
Take adhesive backing off of magnet sheet and adhere picture to magnet. Trim around the magnet so that all you see is picture of child.
Have child help wrap present.
Mom will love seeing her child on the 'fridge!!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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 Im small
By leaving fingerprints of mine
On a table, chair or wall.
But everyday I grow a bit
And Ill 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.
Name: Debi E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Name: Michele E-Mail: Mshelnmars@aol.com
Mother's Day Sachet
Saturate cotton balls with perfume. Place doilies together, back to back and sew with thread leaving small opening. Insert cotton balls and tie thread to secure. Decorate as desired. Makes a wonderful sachet for mom.
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Bookmark for a Special Mom
Let your children take a nature walk to collect such things as pretty leaves, flower blossoms, unusual weeds, etc. (Be sure everything collected can be flattened!) Provide cut pieces of posterboard or card stock for the children to glue their finds onto. When dry, cover each side with clear contact paper or laminate. Trim and punch a hole on one end of each bookmark. Tie on yarn strips to make a tassel. Happy Mother's Day!!
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For Mother's Day I like to ask each of my children's mother to bring in a photo of them with there child. Then the children make Mother's Day card with the photos inside the cards. Or I will put the Photos on a Bulletin Board with the saying,"Mother's are for Loving!"
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Save frozen orange juice lids. Take a picture of your child and cut it the size of the orange juice lid. Paste on the orange juice lid and decorate around to make it pretty lid. Put a magnet on the back and give it as a gift to mom or dad or sister or brother.
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Mother's Day Recipe Holder
small plastic plant pots
plaster of paris
Have the children decorate the pots using various stickers. Mix up a batch of plaster and fill each pot 3/4 full. Let stand for a minute or two or until the silk flowers will stand up in the plaster, insert a fork, handle first. Let harden, place a favorite recipe card in the fork. It makes a great recipe holder for your counter !
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Mothers day vase and flowers
Take a Nestea bottle and remove the label have the children take small scraps of tissue paper and apply to the outside of the bottle with watered down glue and a paint brush. Next, take tissue paper two colors layered and squeeze in the middle so it looks like a butterfly and wrap a pipe cleaner there to hold insert the pipe cleaner in the vase. You will need about 4 flowers to have a full arrangement. Even the 2 year olds find paining the jar easy.
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For Mother's day:
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Needed: per every two students
After you have pre-cut the soap bars the children can grind them up in a small cheese shredder (used for parmesan cheese), and use a regular cheese grater to do the lemon and orange peels. Add ingredients for two children to a bowl and heat in a microwave for 30 seconds. It will look like a big puff. Let cool for a few seconds, divide the puff for two children and the children can then form into a shape. Let stand overnight.