Animated discussion period-Mother’s Day
(Open picture game-Mother’s Day or My mother’s profession) Print and laminate the pictures in the format you prefer. Use them to spark a conversation with your group and to ask children questions.
(Open picture game-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate the pictures in the format you prefer. Use a hole-punch to make a hole in the upper right and left corner of each picture. Stack the pictures and insert a ring through each set of holes. The flipogram is easy to manipulate. Simply show children how they can lift a picture and flip it under the stack. Name each item with your group. Use the flipogram to encourage children to talk during circle time and to ask them questions about the theme.
Mother’s Day circle time fun
Every morning, hide an object associated with Mother’s Day within your daycare. Hide it so it can easily be found by the children in your group. However, finding it must still represent a challenge for them. As soon as they find the item, photograph it and print the picture. Display the pictures on a wall near your daycare entrance so children can share their daily findings with their parents at the end of the day.
Poni discovers and presents-Moms around the world
(Open Poni discovers and presents-Moms around the world) Print, laminate, and cut the cards. With Poni’s help (or another popular puppet), present the cards to your group.
Educ-chat is a game which is made up of several different illustrations which represent subjects, verbs, and objects. They can be used to help children make complete sentences and enrich their vocabulary.
(Open educ-chat-Mother’s Day) Print, cut out, and laminate the cards. Make three different piles (subjects, verbs, and objects). Ask children to pick three cards, one from each pile. Have them “read” the sentence. The sentences will sometimes be quite silly but you are sure to have fun. You may also choose to place the cards yourself and have children “read” the sentences.
Ask children to bring a picture or an object which reminds them of their mother to daycare with them. Set up a “mommy corner” which includes all the pictures and objects. Invite each child to identify the items which represent his/her mother.
Suggested questions to spark a conversation:
Can you describe your mother?
What do mothers do during the day?
What do you love best about your mother?
What is your mother’s name? What is your grandmother’s name?
What does your mother love? What is her favourite meal? What is her favourite drink?
What is your mother’s job?
Do you have a special name for your mother?
After your circle time discussion, ask your group to invent a story about mothers. Encourage them to provide ideas. Jot down all their suggestions. When they are done, read them their “story”. Invite them to illustrate the story. Display it on the wall.
Thematic poster-Mother’s Day
(Open thematic poster-Mother’s Day) Print, laminate, and display to introduce your theme.
Homemade stickers-Mother’s Day
(Open stickers-Mother’s Day) Print on adhesive paper to create Mother’s Day stickers children will love to add to their crafts and projects.
Pennant garland-Mother’s Day
(Open pennants-Mother’s Day) Print and have children cut out the pennants. Hang them within your daycare to form a garland.
(Open educa-theme-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate the items that represent the theme. Use them to introduce your group (and parents) to your theme while decorating a corner of your daycare.
(Open educa-decorate-Mother’s Day) Print, cut out, and laminate. Decorate your walls and hang decorations from the ceiling to create a special atmosphere for the theme.
Mother’s Day mail
Create a unique Mother’s Day mailbox with your group. Encourage each child to make one or more drawings for his/her mother and drop them in your special mailbox. At the end of the day, invite mothers to check the mailbox to see if they have received mail. If you wish, this activity can last all week.
(Open models-large jewels) Print and let children decorate a garland. Cut it out and hang it within the daycare or near the daycare entrance.
Prepare a thematic bin for your “mommy corner”. Include necklaces, mirrors, makeup, dresses, scarves, hats, dolls, baby bottles, a tea set, an apron, dishes, gardening tools, knitting and embroidery projects, etc.
Ask parents to provide pictures of each child’s mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers if possible. Display all pictures on a special wall within the daycare.
(Open banner-Mother’s Day) (Open banner-Mother’s Day-small) Print and laminate. Use the banners to decorate your daycare.
My mother’s eyes and smile
Ask each child’s mother to give you a picture of her. Cut each mother’s eyes and smile out and glue them on a large piece of cardboard. Invite children (and parents) to guess who each pair of eyes and each smile belongs to.
(Open schedule-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate. Write your Mother’s Day activities on this schedule and display it on a wall for everyone to see.
Stickers for rewards
(Open stickers for rewards-Mother’s Day) Print on adhesive paper and use the stickers to reward children throughout the theme.
Mother’s Day wall
Create a special wall to celebrate mothers. Write things children have said about their mother on the wall and add drawings, pictures, etc. Display children’s Mother’s Day crafts on your wall. Hang flowers and pictures of each child’s mother in front of your wall. Be sure to set up this wall where everyone is sure to see it. If you wish, you could also hang a clothesline in front of your wall.
An envelope for Mommy
Prepare a special envelope for each child’s mother. During the theme, children can insert any crafts, drawings, or messages they prepare for their mother in their envelope. At the end of the week, children will be happy to hand their envelope to their mother who will love discovering its contents.
The pictures may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with your group. Use them to decorate your daycare or a thematic corner. (Open picture game-Mother’s Day) (Open picture game-My mother’s profession) Print, laminate, and store in a “Ziploc” bag or in your thematic bin.
(Open picture game-My mother’s profession) Print the pictures twice and use them as a memory game.
String activities-Mother’s Day
(Open string activities-Mother’s Day) Print for each child. Children trace the lines with waxed string (Wikki Stix).
Variation: Trace the lines with glue and press string on the glue-covered lines. Wikki Stix are sold on the educatall online store: https://www.educatout.com/catalog/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=wikki+stix&x=0&y=0.
Print the writing activity sheet for each child or print one copy and laminate it for use with a dry-erase marker. (Open writing activities-M for mother)
You may use the stationery to communicate with parents, in your writing area, or to identify your thematic bins. (Open stationery-Mother’s Day) Print.
Educa-shape tracing-Mother’s Day
(Open educa-shape tracing-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must trace the shapes using a dry-erase marker.
Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions. (Open activity sheets-Mother’s Day)
Fine motor skills-Activity sheet
(Open fine motor skills activity sheet-Mother’s Day) Print. Have children complete the sheet as per instructions.
(Open educa-nuudles-Mother’s Day) Print for each child. Have children color the sheet. Once they are done, they may use Magic Nuudles to turn their coloring page into a three-dimensional work of art. Variation: If you do not have Magic Nuudles, ask children to fill the spaces designed for the Magic Nuudles with bingo markers or stickers. To order Magic Nuudles.
The flashcards may be used to spark a conversation with your group, in your reading and writing area, or to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-Mother’s Day) (Open giant word flashcards-Mother’s Day) car, to mow, a barbecue, workout, to work, to play, to clean, to drive, to console, golfer, career, to cook
(Open word flashcards-Mother’s Day) (Open giant word flashcards-Mother’s Day) mommy, necklace, perfume, dress, baby, grandmother, dishes, laundry, cleaning, makeup, cake, purse
(Open word flashcards-Mother’s Day) (Open giant word flashcards-Mother’s Day) mother, profession, yoga, exercise, cook, comfort, play, read, gardening, relax, sing, drive.
(Open word flashcards-My mother’s profession) (Open giant word flashcards-My mother’s profession) dentist, doctor, lawyer, nurse, accountant, pharmacist, optometrist, veterinarian, teacher, early childhood educator, policewoman, engineer
(Open word flashcards-My mother’s profession) (Open word flashcards-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate the word flashcards. Children take turns picking a word flashcard and presenting it to the group. Together, identify facts and details related to each word. Ask questions to encourage children to talk.
Associating words and pictures
(Open word flashcards-My mother’s profession) (Open word flashcards-Mother’s Day) Print, laminate, and display the word flashcards on a wall, next to your circle time area or on a large piece of cardboard that can easily be moved from one area to another. Name a word or profession and encourage children to identify the corresponding word flashcard.
(Open scene-Mom) Print, laminate, and cut out the items. Children use the pieces to complete the scene.
Open felt board-Mother’s Day
(Open felt board-Mother’s Day) Print the various elements and glue them on felt. Stick four pieces of black felt on a large piece of cardboard and hang this felt board on a wall. The felt shapes will stick to the felt board. Children will enjoy moving the felt shapes around to create different scenes and stories.
Happy Mother’s Day!
(Open poster-Happy Mother’s Day) Print and display for everyone to see. Parents will enjoy pronouncing the words in many different languages with their children.
(Open sequential story-Mother’s Day) Print the story. Laminate it and cut out the illustrations. Have children place them in the correct order to recreate the story.
Picture clue story
(Open picture clue story-Mother’s Day) Print. Sit in a circle with your group. Begin reading the story. When you reach a picture clue, pause and point to the illustration. Encourage children to guess the missing word.
Mommy may I?
Call children one by one. When it is their turn, they must ask if they may execute various actions related to animals. For example, a child may say, “Mommy may I act like a frog?” If you accept, the child must hop like a frog until you call out his name again. On the other hand, you may decide to say, “No, you are part of the dog family!” In this case, the child would crawl on four legs and bark. Other examples of animals which are easy to imitate are a chicken, a horse, or a kangaroo.
(Open workshops-Mother’s Day) Print and display to identify your workshops in the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day.
Have fun with these wonderful workshop ideas provided by Caroline Allard.
- Blocks of all kinds to encourage children to build a home, their current home or their dream home.
- Figurines of all kinds to represent families.
- Figurines which represent various careers and professions, children will make associations with their mother’s job.
Arts & crafts:
- Craft supplies such as dried flowers and/or potpourri children may use to make a card for their mother or grandmother.
- Tissue paper flowers.
- Small potpourri packets.
- Handmade jewellery...why not?
- Coloring pages which represent family members and activities which are enjoyed by families.
- Creative coloring.
- Clothing children can use to personify a mother such as a skirt, a dress, necklaces, high-heeled shoes, etc.
- Items which are used to care for babies. Include dolls, towels, small bathtub, empty soap and shampoo bottles, bowl, spoon, milk bottle, bibs, diapers, facecloths, etc. Children will love washing, feeding, and changing their babies!
- Add brushes, hair accessories, elastics, and a curling iron for children to pretend they are hairstyling their hair just like their mother does.
- You will find additional suggestions within the general theme.
- Memory game with educatall.com word flashcards.
- Magnetic game with a face and eyes, noses, and mouths children can add.
- Beads of all kinds which can be used to make necklaces and bracelets for moms.
- A Lite-Brite game, it shines like jewels!
- A Lotto game involving illustrations which represent mothers.
- Try knitting or sewing like mothers and grandmothers.
- Fabric flowers which can be planted in modeling dough to make pretty bouquets.
- Books about families.
- Books children enjoy reading with their mother. Invite them to share their favourites with you!
- Rock the children in your group, stuffed animals, and dolls just like mothers do. Remember to share plenty of hugs too!
- Listen to lullabies with headphones.
- Hunt and seek games.
- Various activity sheets related to the theme.
- Games with educatall.com word flashcards.
- Tracing and maze activities.
- Encourage children to practice writing “Mom” or their mother’s name.
- An obstacle course involving objects such as clothing. Children collect the items along the way for their “mother”. You may also choose to ask them to put the clothing on.
- Play a game of “Mommy says” along the same lines as “Simon says”.
- Act out several “mommy tasks”. Children name them. You may add accessories to make guessing easier.
- Water table: the entire family washes dishes after a meal. Include dishes, towels, dishwashing liquid, etc.
- Water table: turn it into a bathtub with dolls, soap, and facecloths.
- Water table: use it to pretend you are doing laundry. Wash doll clothes and hang the items to dry using clothespins.
- Container filled with soil: like their mother, children will love pretending to plant flowers. Offer gloves, small shovels, rakes, etc.
- A flower for Mom: purchase a white carnation or daisy. Cut the stem in two, lengthwise. Place the stems in two different containers (two different colors of water). The flower will change color very quickly.
- Plant flower seeds…they make a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!
- Bake a cake together as a group, just like a family!
- Prepare cookies and wrap them in pretty paper. Another great gift for mothers or grandmothers.
We have prepared a few perpetual calendars and invitations for several special days that can be organized for Mother’s Day. Print and laminate the perpetual calendar that corresponds to the activities you wish to offer. Display it a few days ahead of time to remind parents and children of the upcoming special activities.
SPECIAL DAY-MOMS AT DAYCARE
Perpetual calendar: (Open perpetual calendar-Special Day-Moms at daycare) Print and display.
Schedule of activities: (Open schedule-Special Day-Moms at daycare) Print, list any activities scheduled for this special day, and display for parents and children to see.
Invitations: (Open invitations-Special Day-Moms at daycare) Use these invitations to invite mothers to join you for this special day. Print an invitation for each child. Encourage children to color their invitation and give it to their mother at the end of the day (a color version is also available).
Greeting: Children can give their mother a bouquet of paper flowers.
Area setup: (Open banner-Special Day-Moms at daycare) Print and laminate. Use the banner to decorate your daycare.
Surprise activity: Children can pay tribute to their mother in front of the entire group.
Snacks/lunch: Children prepare a special snack for their mother.
Souvenir photo-Special Day-Moms at daycare
(Open picture frame-Special Day-Moms at daycare) Print a picture frame for each child and use it to display pictures of your special day within your daycare or to offer a special souvenir that children will be proud to take home.
SPECIAL DAY-A SHOW FOR MOMS
Perpetual calendar: (Open perpetual calendar-Special Day-A show for moms) Print and display.
Schedule of activities: (Open schedule-Special Day-A show for moms) Print, list any activities scheduled for this special day, and display for parents and children to see.
Invitations: (Open invitations-Special Day-A show for moms) Use these invitations to invite mothers and grandmothers to join you for this special day. Print an invitation for each child. Encourage children to color their invitation and give it to their mother at the end of the day (a color version is also available).
Greeting: Children wear a special costume or simply wear a special flower crown. If you wish, you can also draw flowers on their face using makeup pencils.
Area setup: (Open banner-Special Day-A show for moms) Print and laminate. Use the banner to decorate your daycare.
Surprise activity: Form a choir with your group. You can also provide musical instruments. Prepare a short choreography based on a specific Mother’s Day song or rhyme. Children can wear their costume and help you create a special background or décor. Children can also take turns performing a song, dance, or other artistic production. Some may prefer to perform as a duet. Short plays or magic tricks are other interesting possibilities.
Snacks/lunch: Plan a potluck lunch or snack where each child is invited to share one of his/her mother’s favorite foods with the other children in the group.
Souvenir photo-Special Day-A show for moms
(Open picture frame-Special Day-A show for moms) Print a picture frame for each child and use it to display pictures of your special day within your daycare or to offer a special souvenir that children will be proud to take home.
SPECIAL DAY-MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST
Perpetual calendar: (Open perpetual calendar-Special Day-Mother’s Day breakfast) Print and display.
Schedule of activities: (Open schedule-Special Day-Mother’s Day breakfast) Print, list any activities scheduled for this special day, and display for parents and children to see.
Invitations: (Open invitations-Special Day-Mother’s Day breakfast) Use these invitations to invite mothers to join you for this special day. Print an invitation for each child. Encourage children to color their invitation and give it to their mother at the end of the day (a color version is also available).
Greeting: Children wear a chef’s costume that you have taken the time to make together beforehand. For each child, simply cut a white garbage bag so it’s open on both sides to represent a chef’s double-breasted jacket. Make a chef’s toque for each child too.
Area setup: (Open banner-Special Day-Mother’s Day breakfast) Print and laminate. Use the banner to decorate your daycare.
Surprise activity: Children prepare breakfast for their mother. Mothers cans join you between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. This special breakfast is a great opportunity for mothers to meet and socialize. Children will be so proud to have their mother with them in their daycare environment.
Snacks/lunch: Simply prepare a few different types of fruit, muffins, croissants, and coffee. Have children prepare an edible garland by threading Froot Loops cereal on licorice laces.
Souvenir photo-Special Day-Mother’s Day breakfast
(Open picture frame-Special Day-Mother’s Day breakfast) Print a picture frame for each child and use it to display pictures of your special day within your daycare or to offer a special that souvenir children will be proud to take home.
Before beginning the theme, prepare a chart listing the name of each child and four columns which can be used to add the information children discover about their mother during the theme. By requesting the necessary information ahead of time, you will better be able to support children in their discoveries as well as offer workshops which correspond to the mothers’ interests. You may give mothers the questionnaire a few weeks ahead of time to ensure you have plenty of time to prepare your activities. (Open questionnaire mothers) Print and give a copy to each mother.
For Mother’s Day, the educatall team suggests a week of special activities. You may follow the steps throughout the week or select only the activities you prefer. Enjoy discovering each child’s mother along with your group. (Open thematic letter-Mother’s Day) Print and deposit the letters in an envelope, a box, or in another special container each morning.
Suggestions for a Mother’s Day mailbox:
- A large coffee pot wrapped in pink paper and decorated with flowers.
- A large envelope decorated with children’s hand prints, flower stamps, hearts, etc.
- A box (copy paper) decorated by your group with Mother’s Day colors.
My name is Grand-grand-grand-grand-mother. I am the oldest mother in the world. Did you know that it will be Mother’s Day soon? Today, I thought I would pay you a visit to see how well you all know your mother. Throughout the week, I will suggest activities which will verify just how well you know her and to honour her (that means to thank her for everything she does for you each day). Your early childhood educator will give you instructions each day by reading the letters I send to her from my home. Have fun and see you at the Mother’s Day party!
Monday: Discover your mother’s artistic talents (Open poster-My mother’s artistic talents) (Open My mother’s artistic talents)
Hello my little friends,
Today, we will begin by discovering each mother’s artistic talents. Do you know what they are? Do you have any ideas? There are several artistic talents: painting, sculpting, dancing, singing, drawing, photography, arts & crafts, etc. I asked your early childhood educator to prepare various workshops for you so that you can try a few of these talents yourself. See if you can guess which one is your mother’s artistic talent. Tonight, you can ask her and talk about her artistic talent. You can share it with the group during circle time tomorrow. Your mother can even come add her artistic talent to the chart tomorrow morning. Have fun creating!
Memo for the early childhood educator: Organize artistic talent workshops.
- A modeling dough corner including cookie cutters and various activities (sculpting).
- A painting corner with easels (or paper taped to the wall), paint, and paintbrushes.
- A singing corner complete with toy microphones and a tape recorder. Practice your Mother’s Day songs.
- A dancing corner with fast-paced music.
- A drawing corner with colourful paper and markers. You can also add stationery.
- An arts & crafts corner (or scrapbooking)
Complete the memories sheet with children at the end of the day.
Tuesday: Discover your mother’s profession (Open poster-My mother’s profession) (Open My mother’s profession)
Good morning sweethearts,
Today, we will discover each mother’s profession. Do you know what kind of work your mother does? I asked your early childhood educator to prepare workshops to help you explore different professions. You will see that several different professions exist. Have fun!
Memo for the early childhood educator: Organize role play activities which represent the mothers’ professions. You may even ask mothers to provide various items or to come speak to the children about their work. Take pictures of the children when they are dressed up like their mother. Display the pictures within the daycare.
Complete the memories sheet with children at the end of the day.
Wednesday: Discover your mother’s culinary preferences (Open poster-My mother’s culinary preferences) (Open My mother’s culinary preferences)
Hello my little chefs,
Today, we will discover each mother’s culinary preferences. Do you know what your mother’s favourite recipe is? Do you know what her favourite food is? You will prepare a recipe with your early childhood educator today. It may not be your mother’s favourite recipe, but it will be delicious! When you are done, your early childhood educator will show you several illustrations. Try to guess which one is your mother’s favourite food. You will see that there are several different types of food...maybe even some you’ve never seen before! At the end of the day, you will all know your mother a little better! See you tomorrow!
Memo for the early childhood educator: Bake cookies or a cake with your group. Talk about each child’s favourite recipe and, of course, their mother’s favourite recipe.
Print several food illustrations (be sure to have illustrations of their mother’s favourite foods) and use them for an association game. Encourage children to name the foods and identify their mother’s favourite foods. Several food illustrations are available in the educatall club. Don’t forget to taste your cookies or cake!
Complete the memories sheet with children at the end of the day.
Thursday: Discover your mother’s favourite sport (Open poster-My mother’s favourite sport) (Open My mother’s favourite sport)
Hello my little athletes,
Today we will be very active! You will discover each mother’s favourite sport. Do you know which sport your mother enjoys? Have you ever participated in this sport with her? I asked your early childhood educator to set up several sport workshops outside. You will be given the chance to try each of them. This may help you guess which sport is your mother’s favourite. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water. Drinking water is very important when you are active!
Memo to the early childhood educator: Prepare outdoor workshops which correspond to the sports mothers enjoy as per the answers provided in the questionnaire they completed. Have a nutritious snack and a large jug of water available. Children will want to drink plenty of water, just like real athletes!
Enjoy a picnic with your group to make the day extra special!
Complete the memories sheet with children at the end of the day.
Friday: Discover your mother’s favourite song (Open poster-My mother’s favourite song) (Open My mother’s favourite song)
Hello my darlings,
Today is the last day of our special week about mothers. Your early childhood educator will need your help to prepare this afternoon’s party. Throughout the day, she will ask you to prepare various crafts to decorate the daycare and cover the table. She may even ask you to make a special hat for your mother. Organizing a party is a lot of work! When mothers arrive at the end of the day, your early childhood educator will play their favourite songs. Will you be able to recognize your mother’s favourite song?
It was a privilege to spend the week with you. I hope you had fun and that you were all able to discover a few things about your mother!
Memo for the early childhood educator: Visit the complete Mother’s Day theme for craft and decoration ideas you can prepare with your group. Play music (including the mothers’ favourite songs) during your party preparations.
Prepare a CD containing the mothers’ favourite songs and play it during the party.
Children can offer their Mother’s Day cards or gifts at the party too.
Prepare fruit punch and serve each mother a glass as they arrive. You may use the following recipe or your own.
Sparkling Ruby Punch
(Open creative recipe-Sparkling Ruby Punch)
46 oz of pineapple juice
3 cups of grapefruit juice
1 pint of cranberry juice
6 x 7 oz bottles of 7 up
2 ice cube trays filled with 7 up
- Pour 7 up into ice cube trays and freeze.
- Combine all liquids, except 7 up. Just prior to serving, slowly add 7 up and ice cubes.
Yield: Approximately 40 glasses of punch
Special Mother’s Day breakfast
(Open perpetual calendar-Mother’s Day Breakfast) (Open perpetual calendar-Mother’s Day Breakfast-2) Print, laminate, and display the date to ensure mothers have ample time to rearrange their schedules. We suggest you organize, with the help of your group, a special breakfast to honour mothers. It will be a busy week what with so many things to prepare to make the breakfast perfect! Children shall be cooks. They will begin by making their chef hats and decorating a large tablecloth as a group. Why not prepare a small show for the mothers to enjoy after breakfast?
Each child decorates two strips of heavy white paper with sparkles and crayons. Measure the children’s heads and staple the two strips together accordingly. Staple a small white garbage bag all the way around the contour of the hat. Children may wear their hat during breakfast.
A beautiful table
Presentation is important for such an important breakfast! You need a centerpiece, a nice tablecloth, and maybe hearts left over from Valentine’s Day. You may also simply add flowers. Purchase a white paper tablecloth. Have children decorate it. Create various kinds of flowers (tissue paper, fabric, Kleenexes, plastic, etc.) and display them in a centerpiece by pricking them into a Styrofoam block or a ball of modeling dough. If you prefer, simply place them in a vase.
Preparation of the show
Set up a theatre area to present the show. A simple way to create a great décor is to paint a large piece of cardboard (an appliance box) green. Punch small holes and insert flowers made by the children in your group. Children may stand in front of this background to recite a poem or sing a song. At the end of the recital, children can pick flowers off the décor to make a bouquet for their mother. Adding a small kiss on the cheek will steal the show for sure!
For costumes, children can make flower hats and glasses. (Open flower hat) and (Open flower glasses)
Practice your show every day. Practice makes perfect!
Mommy you’re special
Mommy you’re nice
For all you do
I love you
Activity ideas for the breakfast
Hunt and seek-My child
A mother sits, blindfolded. Children take turns standing in front of the mother who tries to recognize her own child by touching children’s faces.
Try to involve children as much as possible.
Cut a variety of fruit. Set them on a plate. Children slide the pieces onto skewers for their mother.
Purchase crêpes, whipped cream, and berries. Children decorate their mother’s crêpe.
A necklace for Mommy
Each child makes a necklace for his mother. Provide a bowl of “Froot Loops” cereal. Children thread them onto a piece of string liquorice.
This is my spot
(Open Game-This is my spot-Mother’s Day) Print two copies of each illustration. Deposit one illustration on the table and cover it with Mac-Tac. Place the other copy in a bag. Children take turns picking an illustration to determine their spot at the table for the day. You can also use them to determine naptime spots or their place in the task train.
My Mother’s Day path
(Open My Mother’s Day path) Print, laminate, and deposit the illustrations on the floor to create a path which leads to different locations within the daycare. The path may lead to areas children visit frequently or be used to divide various workshops.
Pretend high-heeled shoes
Ask children to walk on tiptoe… as if they were wearing high-heeled shoes.
Clean hands bin
Fill a bin with various toys related to the theme. Children can play with the toys once they have washed their hands. The only rule: their hands must be clean to play with the toys in this bin.
ACTIVITIES FOR BABIES
“I love Mom” mobile
(Open craft-heart shape) Trace and cut various sizes of hearts. Decorate them with sparkles, lace, ribbon, cotton balls, confetti, etc. Glue the hearts back to back on either side of a piece of ribbon or string. Glue pictures of mothers and babies on the hearts. Hang from the ceiling.
Flowers, flowers, and more flowers
Fill a large bin with fabric flowers. Simply remove the flowers from the stem, keeping only the flowers and leaves. Let babies explore the textures and colors.
Soft like Mom
Prepare a bin filled with different types of fabric. Babies will appreciate touching and exploring the different textures… from very soft to rather rough.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
Pick a colorful clothespin
(Open colorful flowers) Print and stick each flower on a clothespin. Have each child pick a color. They can use the clothespin to pin their flower on their sweater. Once this step is done, children take turns picking a clothespin, naming the color of the flower, and pinning it on the child who is already wearing a flower of the corresponding color.
Mommy puzzle race
Collect pictures of mothers or photographs of the mothers of the children in your group and cut each one into two or three pieces using serrated edge scissors. Give each child one puzzle piece and hide the remaining pieces. Invite children to search for their missing pieces so they can complete their puzzle.
(Open lacing-Mother’s Day) Print, laminate, and punch holes around the contour of each shape. Give each child a shoelace or ribbon they can thread through the holes.
Children search within the daycare for objects which remind them of their mother. Prior to the activity, hide a scarf, lipstick, glasses, necklaces, sweaters, hats, high-heeled shoes, etc.
This game is played like “Simon says”. Give children instructions (just like their mothers do). If you say, “Mommy says...” at the beginning of the sentence they must do whatever it is you asked them to do. You may, for example, ask them to brush their teeth, go to sleep, eat, etc.
Have children draw their mother using sidewalk chalk. When the mothers arrive at the end of the day, invite them to guess which portrait their child made.
Collect as many toy strollers as possible and bring them outside so that children can take their dolls for a walk.
Hang your jumping ropes so they look like clotheslines. Provide a container filled with facecloths and doll clothing. Children will love hanging them on the clothesline!
MUSICAL AND RHYTHMIC ACTIVITIES
Musical Mother’s Day
(Open picture game-My mother’s profession) Print and laminate the pictures. Arrange them on the floor within your daycare. To the sound of music, children move around the daycare. When the music stops, they must quickly find a picture to stand on. Variation: If you wish, you can also remove a picture after each round to increase the level of difficulty. Several children will have to stand on the same picture.
Invite mothers to record a short message for their child. Children must guess who the voices belong to.
Mommy, you are invited
Play music as children arrive in the morning (or leave in the afternoon). Invite mothers to dance with you for a few minutes.
ACTIVITIES TO ENCOURAGE SELF-ESTEEM
The good job flower
(Open Good job flower) Print and laminate. Print one petal for each child in your group. You may have children color their petal, add a picture of each child, or have children choose a sticker to decorate their petal. Throughout the day, use a dry-erase marker to write a nice gesture or a kind act on each child’s petal. Even the smallest positive actions will do! During the afternoon snack, read them for the group and applaud what a good job they did!
ACTIVITIES THAT TEACH SOCIAL ABILITIES
Mommy can you help me?
Children remove their socks. One child plays the role of the mother. He or she must put the socks on all the children! This is the perfect occasion for foot massages. Children may use their hands or tennis balls.
(Open animal mothers) Print, laminate, and cut out. The pictures represent mothers and babies. Use them for different games:
- A traditional memory game.
- Where is my baby? Distribute the cards representing animal mothers and arrange the cards representing animal babies face down on a table or on the floor. Children take turns picking a card. If the card represents their animal mother’s baby, they keep it. If not, they must turn the card over again and wait for their next turn.
- Treasure hunt. Hide the animal mothers within your daycare. Give each child a card illustrating an animal baby. Each child searches for his animal’s mother.
Homemade wooden puzzles
Print pictures of mothers. Color them if necessary. Arrange several Popsicle sticks in a row on a table and glue a picture on top of them. Cut along each stick. Repeat these steps for each picture. Hand children a set of Popsicle sticks and invite them to place them in the correct order to complete the picture.
Roll and color-Mother’s Day
(Open roll and color-Mother’s Day) Print for each child. This game can be done individually or enjoyed as a group activity. Children roll a die, count the dots, and color the corresponding part.
Counting cards-Mother’s Day
(Open counting cards-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate. Prepare a series of wooden clothespins on which you have written or painted numbers 1-9. Children must count the items on each card and place the corresponding clothespin on the correct number.
(Open game-Four mothers) Print, stick the cards on opaque cardboard, and cut them out. Set all the cards face down on the floor. Children take turns rolling the die. Every time the die lands on “1”, they pick a card and look at it without showing it to the other children. If they don’t already have the mother they picked, they set it on the floor in front of them for everyone to see. The game continues. The first child who has all four mothers wins.
(Open educ-colors-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. If you prefer, print a copy for each child. Children must associate each object to the crayon of the corresponding color by drawing a line with a crayon of the same color (if desired).
(Open bingo-Mother’s Day) Print, laminate, and store in a pretty box. Play bingo with your group.
(Open educ-pairs-Mother’s Day) Print. Children must draw a line between identical illustrations or color them using the same color. For durable, eco-friendly use, laminate for use with dry-erase markers.
(Open educ-intruder-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate. Children must identify the six (6) intruders.
(Open educa-symmetry-Mother’s Day) Print. Children must color the bottom picture (black and white) to make it look exactly like the top picture (in color).
(Open educa-duo-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must draw a line to connect the two items which go together.
(Open educ-trace-Mother’s Day) Print for each child. Children must trace the lines using the correct colors. When they reach the end of each line, they may also color the object with the corresponding color.
Mother’s Day Mandalas
(Open mandalas-Mother’s Day) Print for each child. Children color the mandala designs.
(Open educ-differences-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must identify the differences between the two illustrations and circle them with a dry-erase marker.
(Open educ-shadows-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must draw a line to the shadow which corresponds to each illustration using a dry-erase marker.
(Open educ-math-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must count the objects in each rectangle and circle the corresponding number.
Where is my mommy?
(Open association game-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate the pages. Children associate each mother to the correct baby. Variation: You may choose to add magnets to the back to give the game a different dimension.
Mommy by number
(Open Mommy by number) Print for each child. Children must follow the color code to complete the picture.
Magnifying glass game-Mother’s Day
(Open magnifying glass game-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate the board game and the illustrations. Cut them out and store them in a box or in a plastic bag. Children pick an illustration and search for it on the board game, using a magnifying glass. Once they have found a match, they deposit the illustration in the correct square, on the board game.
Hunt and seek-Mother’s Day
(Open hunt and seek-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate. Children pick a card and search for the item in the bigger picture.
Educ-same and different-Mother’s Day
(Open educ-same and different-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must circle the illustration which is different in each row.
Educ-big and small-Mother’s Day
(Open educ-big and small-Mother’s Day) Print for each child. Ask children to color the mothers. Have them circle the largest illustration with a red marker and the smallest one with a blue marker.
(Open educ-pattern-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate. Add Velcro to the back of the cards. Children must correctly place the cards to complete the patterns.
Ask mothers to provide pictures of them when they were small. Ask children to guess which picture represents their mother. Display them on a large piece of cardboard so parents can try to guess too!
ACTIVITIES INVOLVING PARENTS
(Open invitation-Mother’s Day) Print. Invite mothers (and grandmothers) for a cocktail at the end of the day. Serve coffee and sweets you have prepared with your group. Prepare a short video of children speaking about what they like most about their mother. Present the video during the cocktail.
Have each child surprise his mother with a phone call at work or a message left on the answering machine at home.
(Open picture frame-Mother’s Day) Take a picture of each child with his father, making sure that the mothers do not know about it. Have children decorate a frame and glue the picture inside.
(Open genealogical tree) Print for each child. Children complete their tree at home with their mother. Invite children to present their genealogical tree to their friends.
Recruit a few of the children’s grandmothers to come spend some time at the daycare. They can read a story, show children how to knit, talk to the children about when they were young, etc.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Photo booth-Mother’s Day
(Open photo booth-Mother’s Day) Print the accessories. Cut them out and stick a pastel-coloured drinking straw behind each one. At your local dollar store, purchase additional Mother’s Day accessories such as hats, headbands, scarves, glasses, etc. to complete your photo booth. Set up a special corner by hanging a piece of fabric, a large cardboard background, or a special flower-filled décor. Let children choose the accessories they prefer and photograph them. Invite parents to have fun with your photo booth too. Print and display the pictures. They will represent great souvenirs!
(Open word flashcards-Mother’s Day) (Open giant word flashcards-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate several flashcards and set them in an opaque bag. Use them for a mime game. Children take turns picking a word and using gestures to help others guess what it is. The child who guesses correctly can mime the next word.
You will need pictures of each child as well as his family members. Invite children to flip through the pages of a magazine and pick a picture. Help children cut out the face of each of their family members so they can glue them on the picture they chose.
My treasure chest
Fill a large chest with clothing items, shoes, hats, jewellery, etc. Let children dress up like a mother whenever they feel like it throughout the theme.
Messages from the heart
(Open messages from the heart for moms) Print for each child and have them cut out their heart and decorate it as they wish. You will need a large piece of cardboard. Fold each heart in half and glue one half of each one on your piece of cardboard. Arrange the hearts so that they are dispersed on your cardboard. Write a short Mother’s Day wish on each heart, on the section that is not glued to the cardboard.
I know my mother
Encourage children to draw their mother. Ask them different questions about their mother (activities she enjoys, her favorite food, her favorite color, her eye color, etc.). Write each child’s responses around his drawing. These drawings will make great Mother’s Day gifts.
Have each child decorate a clear plastic container. Use small pieces of cardstock to write kind words children would like to say to their mother. Children insert the messages in their container. These kind word containers will make great Mother’s Day gifts. Mothers will enjoy reading one message per day…
Loving message for Mom
Help each child call his/her mother or leave a voicemail message at work or at home during the day.
Dress-up dolls-Mother’s Day
(Open dress-up dolls-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate. Children will enjoy dressing the doll many different ways.
Dress-up dolls-Mom and Dad
(Open dress-up dolls-Mom and Dad) Print and laminate. Children will enjoy dressing the doll different ways.
Deposit a laundry basket filled with clean towels and socks on the floor. Have children fold the clothes.
Let children wash dolls in a small bathtub or water table. When they are done, they can dress the dolls and put them to bed.
Mommy takes the hurt away
Provide children with several small bandages. They can use them to take care of the dolls’ cuts and scrapes.
Mommy is beautiful
Add necklaces, dresses, purses, high-heeled shoes, and scarves to your dress-up bin. You may even include makeup and hair accessories.
Mommy at the supermarket
Collect empty food packages. Deposit them throughout the daycare. Give each child a grocery bag and have them pretend they are grocery shopping.
Mommy rocks the baby
Give each child a doll or stuffed animal. To the sound of music, have them rock their baby. Variation: Rock each child.
Play a game of “Simon says” but use “Mommy says” instead. Use actions which are normally done by mothers such as: go to sleep, brush your teeth, wash your hands, etc. If you don’t say “Mommy says” first, children must remain still.
My mommy’s name is...
Call out several names. When a child hears his mother’s name, he must run to a designated area.
I am cooking
Provide plastic food items, dishes, and utensils in your kitchen area. Children take turns cooking. The other children can ask the child playing the role of the mother to prepare specific meals.
Make an audio cassette (tape recorder) or CD (computer and microphone) of children singing a few songs or saying kind words. Wrap for the perfect gift!
Invite children to bring an object belonging to their mother to the daycare. It could be a necklace, a scarf, a hat, etc. Children will love to wear it throughout the day.
Box of kisses
(Open model-Box of kisses) Print for each child. Children decorate their box. When they are done, encourage them to open the box and add a ton of kisses. Tell them to hurry up and close the box so the kisses don’t fly away! At the end of the day, children can give their box of kisses to their mother. Variation: A small cardboard box, a small medicine bottle, or a container for a roll of film could also do just fine!
Flower of love
Draw a large daisy for each child and cut it out. If children are old enough, have them cut their daisy. Ask each child to tell you kind words they would like to tell their mother. Write them on the petals.
Message in a bottle
Decorate a plastic bottle (water bottle for example) with paint, colourful paper, sparkles... Roll up a drawing the child made and insert it in the bottle. Place the bottles in a large container filled with water. At the end of the week, invite each mother to pick a bottle, open it, and guess if the drawing was done by her child or not. If not, she places the drawing back in the bottle and picks another one until she finds the correct drawing.
Scented balls for bath time
(Open creative recipe-Scented balls for bath time) Print.
- 4 cups of Epsom salt
- Essential oils (orange, lavender, mint, etc.) if you wish to make scented balls (optional)
- In a bowl, pour approximately 4 cups of Epsom salt. Add approximately 1 tablespoon of water for each cup of salt (one tablespoon at a time) until the texture resembles wet sand.
- Add a few drops of essential oil if you wish to make scented balls and mix well.
- You may also add a few drops of food coloring if you wish to make colourful balls, but I prefer a natural “snowball” color.
- Compact the mixture in a spherical silicone mold or use an ice cream scoop to form compact balls.
- You may also choose to use molds of different shapes.
- Remove the balls from the molds and deposit them on a baking sheet.
- Let the balls air dry for 2 to 3 days or place them in a 200 °F oven for 2 to 3 hours to accelerate the drying process.
- Place the balls in clear bags and add pretty ribbon. They make great gifts!
Creative recipe-Decorative soaps for Mom
(Open creative recipe-decorative soaps for Mom) Print.
You will need:
Glycerin soap bar (clear or white)
Candy, cake, or soap molds
A glass measuring cup
Wooden Popsicle sticks
- Cut your bar of soap into 3 or 4 pieces.
- Deposit the pieces of glycerin in the measuring cup and microwave for approximately 20 seconds at first, and then for 10-second intervals until the soap is completely liquid.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to tint the soap and stir to incorporate the color evenly. If you wish to create several colors of soap, pour glycerin in small containers and add a different color to each.
- Pour the glycerin into the molds and set aside for approximately 1 hour. The glycerin will harden. This may require more time, depending on the type of glycerin used.
- You may place the molds in the freezer for approximately 10 minutes prior to removing the soaps from the molds. They will be easier to remove.
- Try different color and shape combinations.
- You may also add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to scent the soaps.
- Wrap the soaps in pretty paper. They are perfect for gifts!
Note: It is very important that you use ONLY glycerin soap.
Your modeling dough workshop becomes a kitchen. Children pretend to prepare delicious meals just like their mother does. Be sure to provide kitchen utensils, cake pans, cookie cutters, etc.
Set up a water table or a container filled with water. Add sponges and soap bubbles. Let children wash the plastic dishes from your kitchen area.
Children love cleaning! Provide sponges, a feather duster, wet towels, etc. Take advantage of this activity to disinfect toys with help from your group.
A flower for Mom
How do flowers drink?
FLOWERS AND WATER
Ask children how flowers absorb rain. Through their petals? Stems? Leaves?
A few white flowers (daisies or other kind)
A few celery sticks with leaves attached
Food colouring (at least two colors)
A few small glasses
- Pour water into a glass until it is ¾ full.
- Add a few drops of food colouring and stir well.
- Deposit a flower in the glass.
- Repeat using other colours. You can use the celery sticks too.
- You have to wait several minutes before beginning to see the result of this experiment. Be patient!
- Leave the flowers in the food colouring overnight for best results.
Flowers drink water starting from their lowest extremity. The water slowly travels upwards through tiny pipes in the stem. Your water was colourful, and now you have multicoloured flowers! The principle is the same for all types of plants. Trees get water from the ground through their roots. The water travels up to the highest leaves!
Creative recipe-Personalized lip balm
(Open creative recipe-Personalized lip balm)
2 tablespoons of vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon of powdered juice (any flavour)
1 small plastic container with a lid (like the ones for rolls of 35 mm film)
- Combine shortening and powder in a small microwavable bowl.
- Melt the mixture in a microwave oven for approximately 30 seconds (mixture must be liquid).
- Pour the mixture into the small plastic container.
- Place the container in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes or until set.
- Use like store-bought lip balm.
Cookies in a jar gift
(Open recipe-Cookies in a jar gift) Print.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Yields: approximately 30 cookies
375 mL (1 ½ cup) all-purpose flour, unbleached
7.5 mL (1 ½ tsp) of baking powder
1 mL (¼ tsp) of salt
250 mL (1 cup) brown sugar
140 g (5 oz) semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
250 mL (1 cup) of quick oats
- Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in the bottom of a 4-cup jar. Deposit brown sugar on top and press gently. Continue with the chocolate and end with the oats. You should have four separate layers. Close the jar. (Open gift tag-cookies) Include the gift tag which explains how to make the cookies.
Every day, prepare a sweet treat with your group: cookies shaped like hearts, small muffins decorated with icing, small chocolates, etc.
A special snack
Ask each mother to prepare something special for the group’s snack. Children will be very proud to share their mother’s homemade treat with their friends.
A necklace for Mom
Prepare a salt dough recipe. Make heart shapes with the dough. Use a drinking straw to punch a hole at the top of the heart. Once the dough is cooked and cooled, let children paint the heart. Thread a string or ribbon through the hole. Variation: You may also make a necklace using painted pasta.
A ring for Mom
Prepare dough using this recipe:
Mix 2 cups of flour, ½ cup of salt, and ¾ cup of water until smooth. Let children play with the dough for a short period of time. To make a ring, roll a piece of dough around each child’s finger (or your own), making sure it is big enough. Flatten the top so you can attach a decorative jewel using hot glue once the ring is cooked. Use a piece of aluminum paper to fill the hole and bake at 250⁰F. It may take over an hour for the ring to be completely cooked. Have children paint their ring. Add a coat of varnish once the paint is dry.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Puppets-My mother and I
(Open puppets-My mother and I) Print the model you prefer. Invite children to color their puppet if you choose to use the black and white model. Glue a picture of each child’s face as well as a picture of his mother’s face where indicated. Stick the puppets on heavy cardboard and cut them out. You could also stick a magnet behind the puppets if you wish.
(Open puppets-Mother’s Day) Print the puppet models on heavy cardboard. Invite children to cut them out and decorate them with various materials. Attach a Popsicle stick to the back of each model to create a puppet.
(Open models-Mother’s Day) Print. Use the models for crafts and activities related to the theme.
(Open My mom) Print for each child. Ask children to cut the pieces and color them. Assemble them using fasteners where indicated. You may add a picture of each child’s mother to replace the face.
My mother’s portrait
Ask each child to draw his mother. To help them, ask mothers to provide a picture. Help children notice the various features such as hair color, eyes, shape of the face, etc. Glue the portrait onto a thick cardboard rectangle. Have children decorate the frame with various arts & crafts materials. Hang the portraits on the wall.
Children fill an empty toilet paper roll with messages for their mother. We have prepared a few for you. (Open memo-Mother’s Day) You may also slide candy pieces inside. Wrap the roll with tissue paper and decorate. Tie each end with ribbon. Children can give one to their mother every day of the week.
Jewellery for Mom
(Open jewel models) Print. Cut a 2 cm strip of colourful construction paper. Using glue, overlap the jewels on the strip, alternating colors.
A mom puppet
Draw a face on construction paper and glue it onto the round tip of a plastic spoon. Use fabric or paper to make clothing for the puppet.
MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS.
THEMATIC CRAFT BOX-MOTHER’S DAY
Fill a large container with red, pink, purple, yellow, green, and white markers, waxed crayons, and colored pencils. Add glitter to a few tubes of glue. Fill small containers with flower-shaped stickers and confetti. Provide pretty feathers and all kinds of paper (tissue paper, crêpe paper, metallic paper, cellophane paper, etc.).
A flower a day
(Open a flower a day) Print for each child. Cut out the flowers and let children decorate and color them. Each child will need seven flowers. Help them write a short message for their mother on each flower. Insert a pipe cleaner in the center of each flower. Children can give their mother their bouquet for Mother’s Day. Every day of the week, mothers can pick a flower and read a message from their child. What a great way to brighten their day!
Cut the bottom off three celery heads. Pour pink, red, and purple poster paint in three different aluminum pie plates. Set the bottom of a celery head in each plate. Give each child a piece of heavy cardboard. Invite children to press the celery that has been dipped in the color of their choice on their piece of cardboard to represent a flower. Once the paint is dry, ask children to cut around the contour of their flower (no need for perfection here). Help them glue a piece of elastic fabric under their flower. If you wish, children can add glitter, sequins, or feathers. Knot the ends of the elastic fabric together to create bracelets. Mothers will love wearing their corsage for Mother’s Day.
A video for Mommy
Children can take turns hiding behind a canvas, a furniture item, or a tree. Film them individually as they pop out of their hiding place to blow a kiss or offer a virtual hug for their mother as they say, “Happy Mother’s Day!”. Send each child’s video to his mother via email. Mothers will love watching the video when they miss their child at work or simply to enjoy a short break during the day.
I am growing
You most likely have several pictures of the children in your group. If you don’t, ask fathers to give you pictures of their child, at different ages. If possible, collect one picture of each child for each year. Cut each picture, keeping only children’s faces. Glue each one on a flower shape that you have cut out of colorful construction paper. Stick a Popsicle stick behind each flower. Have children cut leaf shapes out of green construction paper. They can glue a leaf on either side of each flower stem. Finally, give each child a piece of floral foam and encourage them to prick the Popsicle stick stems in the foam to represent a flower garden. Help children understand how, just like flowers, they are growing each day, each year. This adorable project makes a great Mother’s Day gift.
Take a break Mommy
Purchase loose leaf tea in bulk. If you wish, purchase several different types of tea. Encourage children to smell them to offer an interesting sensory activity. Give each child a small plastic Ziploc bag. Let children transfer a small quantity of the tea of their choice to their bag using measuring spoons. Seal the bags. Provide stickers, ribbon, feathers, fabric flowers, etc. Let children decorate their tea bag as they wish. This simple gift can be inserted in a Mother’s Day greeting card.
The gift of time spent together
We all know that what makes mothers happy most is spending time with their child. With your group, select a simple recipe that requires very few ingredients such as a homemade pudding or pancake mix. Prepare the ingredients and have children add them to a Ziploc bag, one at a time. Identify each bag. Print the selected recipe and have children decorate it with stickers, crayons, stamps, etc. before inserting both the ingredients and the recipe in a pretty gift bag. Children will be happy to give it to their mother for Mother’s Day, but most of all, they will be happy to prepare the recipe with her.
Dinner is ready
Give mothers a break by preparing dinner for them, with the help of their child. What a wonderful activity that is sure to please children too! Select a simple recipe so children can participate in its preparation from beginning to end. For example, you could prepare macaroni and cheese. Children could therefore help you cut vegetables (with plastic knives), stir, measure, etc. Once the dish is ready, give each child an aluminum dish and let them use a large spoon to fill it with macaroni. Encourage children to decorate a large white sticker on which you have written “Dinner is ready!” Set the dishes in the refrigerator until the end of the day. Children will be so proud to hand their prepared dish to their mother or take it home to surprise her.
Photograph each child in your group and print the pictures. Cut each picture, keeping only children’s faces. Purchase several pink pens and hand one to each child. Invite them to glue their tiny picture on a foam shape, a flower for example. Next, let them choose a pretty ribbon. They will need a piece that measures approximately 8 cm. Using hot glue, help them stick one end of their ribbon behind their foam shape. Wrap the other end of the ribbon around the upper tip of their pen. Apply a few drops of hot glue to hold it in place and complete this very practical Mother’s Day gift.
The gift of fresh herbs
A few weeks before Mother’s Day, plant herbs (or purchase herbs that are already planted in soil at your local supermarket or garden center) with your group. Simply fill tiny pots with soil, pour a few seeds on top, and water them regularly. Children will love watching the herbs grow on a sunny windowsill. Before they take them home, let them wrap a pretty ribbon around their pot. If you wish, you could have children press their tiny hands in poster paint and then on their pot for a more personalized gift that will also represent a great souvenir.
In a big-box store, purchase a few large containers filled with different types of jelly beans, gumdrops, and jujubes. Try to find pink, purple, and red candy. Pour the contents of the containers on large baking sheets. Provide small tongs children can use to deposit candy in a small clear plastic or glass container one at a time. When they are done, help children seal their container with a lid. Give each child a label on which you have written “I am stuck on you”. Let children decorate their label with flower-shaped stickers and glitter before adding it to their container.
Purchase several different colors of nail polish. At the end of the day, encourage mothers to let their child pamper them during the time it takes you to share the day’s events. Children will love painting their mother’s nails (or toes). You may want to send an invitation to mothers ahead of time, so they can plan their schedule accordingly. If a child’s mother cannot be present, let her child bring a bottle of nail polish home so she can still be spoiled!
Froot Loops jewellery
Use Froot Loops cereal to design colorful jewellery for mothers. Provide pipe cleaners and show children how they can very simply insert the pipe cleaners in the cereal. Create bracelets, necklaces, keychains, etc. Children will be proud to offer their creations to their mother as Mother’s Day gifts.
Love-filled jar-Mother’s Day
(Open love-filled jar-Mother’s Day) Print the labels and invite children to cut them out and color them. Ask children which kind words they would like to say to their mother. If you wish, you can use these suggestions. (Open Valentine wishes) Print. Let each child fill a small Mason jar with kind words for his/her mother. Help children place the lid on their jar. Cover each lid with a piece of lace and add a pretty ribbon. Have children glue a label on their jar. They will be happy to give their mother this special gift.
Go everywhere words
(Open go everywhere words) Print for each child. Let children draw a picture at the top of the page. This will make a great Mother’s Day gift. Mothers will love to carry these words with them wherever they go.
(Open scrapbook-My mom) Print for each child. Throughout the week, children can fill their scrapbook with pictures, drawings, etc. Their scrapbook will represent a great Mother’s Day gift.
Finger puppets-Mother’s Day
(Open finger puppets-Mother’s Day) Print and laminate the finger puppets, making sure to cut out the holes through which children can insert their fingers. Children will enjoy creating different scenarios while manipulating the puppets.
Box full of kisses for Mom
Give each child an empty tissue box and have them wrap it with pretty paper and decorate it as they wish. They can fill this box with kisses for their mother. Mothers will be touched by this symbolic gift. They will be able to “take kisses out of their box” when they are away from their child.
Framed flowers for mom
Purchase small canvas panels in a big-box store. Have children dip the tip of a plastic fork in poster paint and then use it to paint flowers on their canvas panel. Repeat this operation several times using different colors. Use ribbon, paint, or markers to draw stems. This is a beautiful Mother’s Day gift.
Door signs for Mom
(Open door signs for Mom) Print several copies so that each child can select the one he/she prefers. Cut a piece of cardboard, slightly bigger than the door sign and glue the sign on it. Children can color and decorate the door sign and even add a picture.
“Digital” frame for Mom
You will need a transparent CD case, cardboard, a family picture (or a picture of the child) and creativity. Cut a frame out of the cardboard by tracing the contour of the CD case. Glue the picture on the case and then glue the frame on top. Encourage children to decorate the frame with a variety of decorative elements (heart-shaped confetti, flowers, etc.).
(Open I love you Mom clothespins) Print the letters and have children glue them on wooden clothespins. Moms will love to read their special message over and over again when they hang laundry.
Have children draw on a large sheet of paper. Encourage them to draw their mother and activities they enjoy doing with her. Laminate for extra durability.
(Open placemats-Mother’s Day) Print. Have children color their placemat. If you wish, you may add a picture of each child’s mother to their placemat. Laminate the placemats. They represent a wonderful Mother’s Day gift.
You will need two paper plates per child. Cut one of the plates to obtain two equal parts and discard one half. Apply glue around the contour of the cut plate and press it on the bottom part of the full plate, forming a pouch. Use a hole-punch to make holes around the upper portion of the full plate (the part without glue). Encourage children to thread pretty yarn through the holes to decorate their letter carrier. They can also glue hearts on the bottom section if they wish.
Candleholder just for Mom
Purchase one glass per child. Cognac glasses are perfect. Ask children to cover the outside of their glass with pastel-coloured tissue paper and Mod Podge. Once dry, it will sparkle and look like real stained glass. Insert a tea-light and wrap.
Purchase one white cup per child (and the matching saucer). Let children paint them with porcelain paint. Be sure to offer a single color at a time. Let one color dry before adding a new one to avoid colors mixing together. Ask children to describe how much they love their mother. Add their words to the cup or saucer. Bake in the oven to seal the paint (follow manufacturer’s instructions). Mothers’ mornings will be filled with happy thoughts.
Purchase small, inexpensive jewellery boxes, one per child. There are several different types to choose from: cardboard, wood, plastic, etc. Let children paint their jewellery box and decorate it with precious gems. They will be so proud to give their mother their jewellery box!
Collect beads of all kinds. Let children make a necklace or bracelet for their mother. Help them wrap their creation in tissue paper and add ribbon.
Personalized tissue box
Gently open the two ends of a tissue box (so that the box lies flat). Remove the bottom. Use glue to put the box back together inside out (design on the inside). Provide a variety of arts & crafts material and let children decorate their box for their mom. To use, simply slide over another tissue box.
Mother’s Day Bookmarks
(Open Mother’s Day bookmarks) Print. Give each child a bookmark. Let them color their bookmark. Add a picture of the child and laminate. Mothers will love this practical gift.
(Open models-bookmarks) Print for each child. Use stamp pads, poster paint, and markers. Let children add color to their fingertip and use their prints to color the center of the flower and the petals. Let dry and laminate.
Garden of kind words
Use small pieces of cardboard in different colors (approximately 10 cm wide x 4 cm high). The quantity of cardboard needed depends on children’s inspiration. Have children name kind words and write them on the pieces of cardboard (one word per piece). Glue a wooden skewer or pipe cleaner to each piece of cardboard. Deposit a foam block in the bottom of a flower pot and plant the kind words in the foam.
A special bouquet
Purchase Styrofoam shapes (circle, heart, etc.) or cut Styrofoam to make your own original shapes. Decorate them with paint or arts & crafts material (tissue paper, sparkles, felt, etc.) Use wooden skewers, pieces of wood, or real branches to represent stems for your Styrofoam shapes. Your flowers are ready! Deposit a foam block in the bottom of a flower pot and plant your flowers. Wrap this very special bouquet in cellophane paper.
Matching placemat and napkin
Provide stamps with pretty Mother’s Day designs (flowers, butterflies, etc.) Give each child one sheet of white paper. Cut 5 cm off of each side. Encourage children to use the stamps to create a scene. Glue the white paper in the center of a sheet of construction paper. This will create a colourful border. Laminate the placemat to ensure it is reusable and washable. Next, give children white napkins. Ask them to reproduce the same designs on their napkin so the two will match.
Creative recipe-Homemade bath salts
(Open creative recipe-Homemade bath salts)
1 kilogram Epsom salt
A few drops of food coloring
A few drops of essential oils
- Combine salt and food coloring in a large bowl. Add food coloring one drop at a time and mix well. Adding the food coloring gradually will make obtaining the desired color easier.
- Spread the colored salts in a large tray and let dry for 24 hours.
- Add a few drops of essential oils to scent your salts and mix well.
- Pour into transparent airtight bottles and let rest for at least a week before using to guarantee the scent really penetrates the salts.
- This is a great idea for a Mother's Day or Christmas gift!
Purchase transparent plastic containers with a cork, one per child. Ask children to grate coloured chalk, one color at a time, over paper. Once the chalk is grated, mix it with salt. Pour the mixture into the transparent container. Repeat the operation with other colors until the container is full. Seal with the cork. This makes a beautiful decoration.
(Open Surprise flower) Print and cut out. Glue each flower onto a drinking straw and place them inside a piece of polyester to make a bouquet. Mothers can use a surprise flower whenever they like.
(Open gift certificates-Mother’s Day) Print, cut out, and place the gift certificates inside envelopes. Give each mother one gift certificate.
Cut the bottom of a 2-litre milk container. Place a candlewick in the center. Melt paraffin wax, adding a few drops of essential oil. Pour the wax into the container and set aside. Make sure the wick remains in the center. Once the wax has set, remove the container. You will have a scented candle block.
Flowers for mother
Make your own flowers. You will need tissue paper, construction paper, and various supports for the stems (drinking straws, skewers, paper towel rolls, etc.) Provide plenty of recycled material for children to use to make their flowers.
A little garden for Mom
Purchase a large quantity of dried flowers. Collect branches, pinecones, etc. Give each child a foam block they can use to create a Mother’s Day gift.
A masterpiece for Mom
Have children draw or paint a masterpiece for their mother. (Open frame model) Print, trace onto heavy cardboard, cut out, and decorate the frame. Use it to display the child’s drawing or painting.
This is a Mother’s Day ritual! Make hand prints or footprints by pressing children’s toes or fingers into plaster, salt dough or finger paint. Make a hole at the top so mothers can hang their keepsake. Write the child’s name and age at the bottom so the memory is precise. Once dry, children can paint their prints.
Sunflower pin holder
Cover a yogurt container with green felt. Cut petals out of yellow felt and glue them inside, all around the contour of the container. Cover a Styrofoam ball with brown felt and secure it with a rubber band. Place the ball inside the container. Mothers will no longer lose their sewing pins and needles. They will always be on the sunflower!
Glue a picture (or drawing) of each child on a square piece of cork using Mod Podge. When children are done, apply a coat of varnish.
A small packet for Mom
Give each child a piece of an old lace curtain. Fill it with potpourri and tie it with a knot. Add pretty ribbon.
Make different flower shapes using salt dough. You can let children make their own shapes or provide small molds if you wish. Use a small stick to poke a hole in each shape. Place the shapes in the oven or let them air dry, depending on the salt dough recipe you used. Once the shapes are ready, paint them. Use ribbon to tie the stems together.
IDEAS FOR MOTHER’S DAY CARDS
A three-dimensional frame
(Open 3D frame) Print on heavy cardboard for each child. Let children color the stems. Glue a paper muffin cup on the tip of each stem. You will need three pictures of each child. For each picture, cut out the child’s face. Have children stick a picture of their face inside each muffin cup to create three-dimensional flowers.
A personalized card
Fold a piece of construction paper in half for each child to represent a basic greeting card. Use poster paint to create a personalized flower using children’s hands, fingers, and feet. To begin, have each child paint one of his feet and press it on the front of the card to represent a stem. Next, have them paint the palm of their hand and press it above the stem. Finally, they can press their fingers in paint and make prints around their hand to represent petals. Let dry. Help children write Mother’s Day wishes inside their card.
Spread clay on the table using a rolling pin. Invite children to cut shapes using cookie cutters. Have them make a small hole at the top of each shape using a drinking straw. Let dry. Paint the shapes. Fold a piece of construction paper in two. On the front of the card, in the centre, make a tiny hole and hang the shape using ribbon. Write “Happy Mother’s Day” on the card. Inside, write the message each child wants to offer his mother.
(Open models-flowers) Have children cut flowers. They must decorate or color them. Fold a piece of construction paper in two to make a card. Glue the flowers on the front of the card. Add drinking straws to represent the stems.
A card for Mom
Provide construction paper, tissue paper, felt, and lace. Let children make their Mother’s Day cards as they wish.
Mother’s Day cards
(Open Mother’s Day cards-black and white) (Open Mother’s Day cards-color) Choose between these two versions of printable Mother’s Day cards. If you choose the black and white version, have children color and fold their card. If you choose the color version, simply print a card for each child.
A generation card
Ask each child to bring a picture of himself, his mother, his grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, if possible. Glue the pictures on the front of a card. Cover them with Mac-Tac. Write a message inside the card or use one of our printable greetings. (Open Printable greetings)
Make original invitations for your Mother’s Day breakfast and mail them.
A special letter
Help children prepare beautiful postcards for their mother. Mail them to children’s homes. What a pleasant surprise mothers will have in their mailbox!
Best Mother Diploma
Make a card resembling a diploma. (Open Best Mother Diploma) (Open Best Grandmother Diploma) Have children draw their fondest memory involving their mother/ grandmother or simply have them draw what they love most about their mother/grandmother: she makes the best spaghetti, she tells the best stories, she sings the best songs, she gives the best hugs... They can verbalize their thoughts for you to write them on the diplomas. The diplomas may be handed out at the Mother’s Day breakfast.
Complete the drawing-Mother’s Day
(Open complete the drawing-Mother’s Day) Print for each child. Children must complete the missing parts of the drawing.
I am learning to draw-A flower
(Open I am learning to draw-A flower) Print and laminate the model sheet. Encourage children to practice their drawing technique on the model sheet. When they are ready, they may try drawing on their own.
Coloring pages-Mother’s Day
(Open coloring pages theme-Mother’s Day) Print for each child.
Identical coloring pages-Mother’s Day
Print the same coloring page for each child and an additional copy for your model. Color only certain parts of your picture. Present the model to your group and ask them to color their picture to make it look exactly like yours.
Coloring binder-Mother’s Day
Print and laminate several coloring pages and arrange them in a binder with a few dry-erase markers. Leave everything on a table for children to explore.
Musical drawing-Mother’s Day
Play musical drawing with your group. Give each child a coloring page. Have children sit around a table. When the music starts, they must pass the coloring pages around the table. Every time the music stops, they must color the picture in front of them until the music starts again.
Homemade puzzles-Mother’s Day
Give each child a picture to color. When they are done, cut each picture into pieces to create unique puzzles.
(Open scrapbook-My mom) Print for each child. Let children complete the page and add it to their scrapbook.
SONGS & RHYMES
Happy Mother’s Day
by: Patricia Morrison - sung to: Are you sleeping?
I love you mom, I love you mom
I wish you, I wish you
A happy Mother’s Day, a happy Mother’s Day
I love you, I love you
by: Patricia Morrison - sung to: Row, row, row your boat
Mom, Mom, Mom you’re great
For everything you do
I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you
Happy Mother’s Day
The educatall team