MOTHER’S DAY

QUICK STARTS
Sing “Happy Mother’s Day” to Mom, to the tune of “Happy Birthday”.
Have child decorate a cardboard picture frame. Place a picture of themselves inside.
Read the book “Mommy Do You Love Me?”.
Have child match pictures of baby animals to Mother animals.
Have child make red lipstick kisses on small papers. Place in box for mom.
Make dyed pasta bracelets for Mom.
Tape children singing “I Love You” type songs. Send tapes home to Mom.
Let children decorate a large paper bear shape, with a heart on stomach.
Stick flower stickers onto doilies for a simple nose gay for Mom.
MOTHER’S DAY ART
TREASURE BOXES
Your children will enjoy making these decorative boxes for Mom for Mother’s Day. You will need a small cardboard box with a lid for each child, some white glue and some tissue paper.
First cut the tissue paper into 1” strips.
Then let your children help you cut the strips into 1” squares.
Next, mix up a solution of 1 part glue to one part water.
Give each child a small box and a small cup of the solution along with a glue brush.
First have your children remove the lid and turn their box and lid, upside-down.
Next, have them brush the glue mixture all over their box and lid.
Then have each child place tissue squares all over their box and lid, overlapping the squares, occasionally.
Finally, have them brush glue again all over their box surfaces.
Allow box to dry.
Have your child cover the lid with tissue paper, then add some straw flowers or fake jewels or other "bling
 
POTPOURRI WREATH

Let your child make a fun potpourri wreath for mom or grandma. You will need cardboard, glue and some potpourri.
Cut some colorful cardboard into a 5” wreath shape.
Have child cover his wreath with glue, then sprinkle on potpourri. Larger pieces can be glued on individually.
Variation: Cut the cardboard into heart or flower shapes and glue a fastener on the back to make a potpourri pen for Mom.
 
MOTHER’S DAY CARD
Give your child a piece of paper folded in half for a blank card.
On the front, help her trace around her hand and write “Happy Mother’s Day”.
Then invite her to decorate the card with crayons, markers, or stickers.
Or give her some glue and some collage materials; such as; ribbons, sequins, lace, magazine pictures, etc., to decorate her card.
To complete the card, write a dictated “I Love You” message inside the card.
  
DECORATED NOTE CARDS
You will need five small note envelops and five pieces of note stationary for each child for this project.
Set out some fun stamps and ink.
Show the children how to make stamp impressions across the top of 5 note cards.
Tie the five note cards with five envelopes with a pretty ribbon for each child to give to their Mother for Mother’s Day.
  
PAPER FLOWERS
Your children can make simple tissue paper flowers with tissue paper and green Chenilles (pipe cleaners).
Set out three piles of three different colors of tissue paper.
Have each child take one of each of the three colors and stack the papers one on top of the other.
Then help each child fold his stack, accordion style.
Give each child a green Chenille stem and show them how to wrap the stem around the middle of their folded tissue paper.
Next, show your children how to gently pull each piece of paper from the others to create flower petals.
  
PHOTO MAGNETS

Mother’s will really love these photo magnets from their children. You will need a baby food jar lid for each child, a head shot of each child, paper, glue and small magnets (or magnet tape).
First of all, take head shots of each of your children and have developed.
Cut the photos to fit inside a baby food jar lid.
Give each child a baby food jar lid and their photo.
Have children glue their faces inside the jar lid.
Next, cut out tissue paper or constructions paper flower petals.
Then have your children turn their lids over and glue petals all around the edge of the top of the lid (so that they stick out around the edges when the lid is turned over).
Finally, have your children glue a magnet in the center of the back of their lid.

MOTHER’S DAY GAMES
MOTHER’S DAY GAME
Turn the popular game “Simon Says” into a fun Mother’s Day game, by saying “Mama Says”.
Start by giving directions for your child to follow, such as, “Mama says tap your toe, or Mama says hop on one foot or touch your nose.”
Explain that whenever you give a direction, without first saying “Mama Says”, your child should not do the action.
If he does, then have him trade places with you and start giving you the directions.
Continue playing while interest lasts.
 
I’LL BE THE MOTHER

Play a game with your child where they pretend to be the parent and you pretend to be the child. Here are some examples.
Your child “the Mother” shows you how to wash the dishes.
Your child “the Mother” shows you how to brush your hair.
Your child “the Mother” reads you a story and tucks you in for a nap. Continue the game while interest lasts.
 
MOTHER’S LITTLE HELPER
Mother’s Day is a time to thank you to Mom for all that she does. Encourage your child to show his thanks by helping with jobs such as these.
Dusting
Folding towels
Watering plants
 
GIFTS FOR MOM – (Size discrimination)
Collect four different sizes of boxes.
Find a gift that will fit into the largest box but will not fit into any of the other boxes.
Find a gift that will fit into the next largest box but not the two smaller ones.
Find a gift that will fit into the smallest box.
Set out the boxes and the gifts.
Have your child find the correct box for each gift.
MOTHER’S DAY LANGUAGE
STORIES FOR MOM
Encourage your child to make up a story to share with mom.
Or start a story with your child where you say one sentence and then he says the next and so on.
  
TREASURE BOX POEM

If you decide to have your children make treasure boxes for Mom with messages inside, you might want to add this poem as a gift card. Have each child sign his or her card.

            Here are some messages
            Just for you
            Take out one
            When you feel blue.

            Or if you’re lonely
            When I’m away,
            Pull one out
            And hear me say, “I Love You”!
 

TREASURE BOX MESSAGES
Set out some blank strips of paper (approximately 1” x 6 “) and have children write short messages to their Mothers. Here are some suggestions:
I LOVE YOU
XOXOXO
I (heart) MOM
You could use stamps with the phrase “I Love You”
Let your children wear lipstick and make lip impressions on the paper.
When through writing the messages, have your children fold each of their messages and place them in their boxes for their Mother’s.
 
CHILDREN’S BOOKS FOR MOTHER’S DAY
Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman
Mother’s Day by Anne Rockwell
 
JUST THE RIGHT GIFT – (Language Development)
Ask your children “what they would buy, if they could buy their mother a present”.
Then have each child tell why they think their Mother would like that gift.
MOTHER’S DAY SCIENCE
MOTHER’S DAY GARDEN
Grow plants in your classroom for your children to take home to their mothers.
Or invite mother’s to your school for an outdoor Garden Party.
MOTHER’S DAY SNACKS
Here are some snack ideas:
Cinnamon Sugar Toast and Tea
Cheese and Crackers and 7 Up.
Graham crackers with frosting (let children add sprinkles) and milk.
MOTHER’S DAY MUSIC

MOMMY, MOMMY, I LOVE YOU
Tune:  “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Mommy, mommy, I love you.
Yes I, yes I, yes I do!
You are sweet and oh, so fine.
I’m so glad that you are mine.
Mommy, mommy, I love you.
Yes I, yes I, yes I do!
                        Heather McPhail
 

MY MOM’S A SPECIAL LADY
Tune:  “Itsy Bitsy Spider”

My mom’s a special lady,
I hug her every day.
She gives me lots of food to eat
And takes me out to play.
My mother reads me stories
And takes me shopping, too.
I’m so glad she is my mom
I love her through and through.
                        Betty Silkunas
                        © Warren Publishing House

 
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO YOU
Tune”  “Happy Birthday”

Happy Mother’s Day to you.
Happy Mother’s Day to you.
Happy Mother’s Day dear Mother,
Happy Mother’s Day to you.
                                    Jean Warren