Mother’s Day Themes

by Jan, Julia and friends

Bath Salts

You will need: 2 1/2 pounds of Epsom Salts, Food Coloring, and Perfume. In a large bowl, mix Epsom salts with food coloring and perfume. Mix until the color is spread out evenly. Pour into smaller jars and let stand four to six weeks before using so that the perfume can absorb full into the salts.

Mother's Day Hand Print Hot Pads

You will need an inexpensive, light colored hot pad per child, fabric markers, and fabric paint. Paint the palm and fingers of a child's hand with fabric paint and help the child press his/her painted hand onto an inexpensive, light-colored hot pad to make a print. Set the hand print hot pad aside until the paint has dried. Then, use a fabric marker to write the child's name and the date below the hand print.

Handy Air Freshener

To make an air freshener, trace a child's hand onto craft foam; then cut out on the outline. Glue a picture of the child onto the middle of the hand (in the palm); then use a permanent marker to write the child's name and date on the opposite side of the hand. Using a needle, insert a piece of gold elastic or string and tie the ends to form a hanger. Add a few drops of potpourri oil onto the hand to complete this air freshener.

Ribbon Bookmark

Mom's love bookmarks! For each bookmark, cut a heart from red felt. Decorate the heart with nontoxic fabric paint, glitter and glue it to one end of a 12 inch strip of grosgrain ribbon.

(Red Umbrella)

Trace each child's feet onto different colors of construction paper and cut them out on the outline. Cut leaves and a stem from construction paper. Glue the feet, leaves and stem to a paper plate to form a flower. Print the following poem on the feet:

I made this flower for you to keep;
It's a toe-lip from my feet.
One day when I'm on my own,
It will remind you of how much I've grown.

Caterpillar Recipe Holder

You will need 5, 1/2 inch pom poms and a spring-type clothespin. Use craft glue and glue the pom poms in a row along one side of the clothespin. Attach two small craft eyes to the pom pom on one end. Attach a piece of magnetic tape to the backside of the clothespin so that the recipe holder and be displayed on the refrigerator.

Super Talc Dispenser

You will need an empty Pringles tube, scissors, glue, tape, paper and Talc. Cover the Pringles tube with colored paper. You can either use paper already decorated, like wrapping paper, or use stickers to decorate. Put the Talc inside, put the lid on and seal with tape. Poke small holes in the lid.

Handprint Poem

Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
I always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls.
But every day I'm growing
And I'll be grown some day
Then all those tiny handprints
Will surely fade away.
So here's a little handprint
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.

Kitchen Scrubber Flower:

Use a net type plastic kitchen scrubber. Use a brad to attach the scrubber to paper and make it a flower. The kids add the stem and leaves/ Add the following poem;


To make your Mother's Day fantastic
I made you this flower of plastic
I give it to you with this special wish....
May it help you scrub every pot and dish.
I want to thank you for all that you do.
Happy Mother's day, I Love You!


Picture magnet:

Save frozen OJ lids. Take a picture of your child and cut it the size of the OJ lid. Paste it on the OJ lid and decorate around the lid to make it pretty. Put a magnet on the back and give as a gift.


Hand print Towels:

Place fabric paint on a paper plate and smear around. Fold a white hand towel in half. Take the child's hand and press hard making sure to press the palm area down and each finger individually. Lift. If you do a print for each hand it turns out cute. Write the child's name and date next to or between the hand prints. Dry for 24 hours and do not wash for 72 hours.


Hand Print Apron:

Paint child's hand with fabric paint. This works better by doing one hand at a time and washing in between. Place each hand print fingers pointing down on the apron. write on the apron with fabric paint "Best Cook hands Down" If you have 2 children from the same family make one hand print from each child on the apron. You can add the children's names under their hand print if desired


Fancy Flip Flops:

To make this craft you will need a pair of flip flops and some permanent paint pens or markers. Take one of the coloured markers and colour a design on the flip flops. Let dry. Then select another colour and repeat. When you are finished decorating the flip flops, let them dry for 15 - 20 minutes. Enjoy!


Mother's Day Recipe Holder:

Have the children decorate clay pots using paint, stickers, stencils, etc... 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 fork, handle first. Let harden. Place a favorite recipe card in the fork.


Ceramic Hot Plate for Mom:

Use medium size ceramic tile, and write "I Love You" across the top and the child's name across the bottom in different colours of permanent markers. Then paint child's hand print in the middle. Let both the paint and the wording dry for about 2 hours (or until dry) and then shellac the tile and let dry.


Mother's day Tulip Picture and Poem: by Julia F.

Materials:Construction paper, paint, glue, heart sticker(optional)

Paint child's hand(s) with paint and press onto paper with fingers together (not spread apart) Can make several or just one. Add stems using paint or tear a strip of green construction paper. Place a heart sticker on the hand or cut a heart shape out of construction paper. Add the following poem to the construction paper.

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 some day
At the flower we shared,
On your special day.
Happy Mother's Day!


A Mother's Day Poem: by Julia F. 

Materials; Construction paper, printed poem, paint , ribbon

Place the following poem in the middle of a piece of construction paper. Add the child's hand print on each side of the poem. Place this on a larger piece of coloured construction paper and make a border all the way around. Roll up and tie wit a piece of ribbon.

These little hands will never grow,
These little hands will stay, just so,
When I'm grown and far away,
These little hands with you will stay.


A cute Teapot Card the children can make for Mother's Day.... by Julia F.



Ode to Mom/Dad: by Cassie D.

Have each child put the following snacks in a paper bag and attach a note explaining each..

Tootsie Roll~to show the big roll you play in my life

100 Grand candy bar~to show you how much you are worth to me

Bag of Peanuts~to tell you I'm nuts over you!

Mint~to show my appreciation of your commit-mint to me

Roll of Life Savers~for how you protect me from danger and show me right from wrong

Bag of Popcorn~to let you know that with out our Pop, our family would not be corn-plete (can be left out if not for a Dad)

   Let the kids decorate the bag accordingly.


Footprint Poem: by Cassie D.

"Walk a little slower Mommy,"
said a child so small,
"I'm following in your footsteps
and don't want to fall.

 Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they're hard to see,
So walk a little slower, Mommy,
For you are leading me.

Someday when I'm all grown up,
You're what I want to be,
Then I will have a little child
Who'll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true,
So walk a little slower, Mommy,
For I must follow you."


Self-portrait T-Shirt: by Casse D.

Materials:T- shirt in Mom/Dad size, crayons for fabric (can be purchased at most craft stores)

Let each child draw a self-portrait in the middle of the shirt on the front and have them sign their name or a message. Follow the instructions accordingly for heat setting the crayoned image.


Simple Poem: by Cassie D.

Duplicate this poem onto a sheet of construction paper, then have each child decorate a sheet to create a Mother's Day card....

 Thank You Mom! 

Thank you for reading me stories
And taking care of me.
Thank you for tying my shoes
And putting bandages on my knee. 

Thank you for tucking me into bed
And kissing me good night.
Thank you so much for all your hugs
And holding my hand so tight. 

Thank you for being my Mommy
And that's not all i have to say.
Thank you so much for all you do
And have a Happy Mother's Day!


Thumb-thing Special: by Cassie D.

Materials:Construction paper, tempera paint, black/brown marker

To make this special card for Mom fold a sheet of construction paper in half. Copy the poem below on the front of the card. Use a marker to draw a flower pot shape around the poem. Then paint the four fingers of a child's hand green and have them press their fingers onto the paper so that the prints resemble four flower stems sticking above the flower pot. Have the child then dip their thumb into red paint and press a thumbprint flower atop each stem. Inside the card let the child write a special message to Mom.

I've made some May flowers
With my fingers and thumb.
So you'll have these
For all the years

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