Mother's Day Theme
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Arts, Crafts & Gifts (cont.)

Flower Baskets

Today we made these flower baskets for Mother's Day. The baskets cost $0.30 at the craft store. The children glued their photos onto construction paper flowers with leaves and then onto pipecleaner stems. These were poked into green florist's foam along with an artificial flower or two if they chose. My part was to hot glue some moss onto the foam.

~Submitted by Tina B.

Paper Garden

Make home-made paper. While wet place flower seeds on one page. Add a second wet page on top. Let dry. Add message and instructions to "plant" the letter after you read it. The seeds will germinate and produce a little mothers day garden !!

~Submitted by Kathie from California

Baby Food Jar Air Freshener

Here's an economical gift the whole class can make for just a few dollars.

You need:

Clean Baby Food Jar (no top needed)
5" Paper Doily
Rubber Band
Ribbon Rose
Low Temp Glue Gun

Fill jar with potpourri. Cover with a paper doily or tulle. Secure with rubber band. Tie a ribbon around the jar to hide the rubber band. Hot glue ribbon rose to ribbon.

~Submitted by Angela of Portland, Oregon

Bath Salts

Epsom Salt
Food color of choice
The fragrance of choice
Pretty glass container
Container embellishments of choice
Perhaps a lace doily to cover a canning jar with a ribbon tied around.
Or perhaps some silk flowers glued to raffia tied around a bottle.

Procedure: Mix the Salts with a drop or two of coloring at a time. Add the fragrance. Done. Don't forget to put the bath salts in a beautiful container and wish your Mother a happy Mothers day. If you still live at home with your Mother it would be a REAL treat if you scrubbed out the tub for her and allowed her 45 minutes ALONE in the tub.

Picture Frames

You will need buttons, pieces of old costume jewelry, beads and glue. give each child an old picture frame(or pick some up at a dollar store), with the glass and backing removed. Have the kids arrange the buttons, jewelry pieces, and beads on the frames and glue them on. Allow the glue to dry before replacing the glass and backing. They could put in a picture of themselves or draw a picture and give these to their moms for mother's day.

~Submitted by Andrea

Fancy Tissue Boxes

Give each child an unopened tissue box. Have them brush glue over small sections of their boxes. Let them place a variety of uncooked pasta shapes on the glue to create designs. have them continue until the whole box is covered with the pasta. Spray the box with gold spray paint in a well-ventilated area away from the children.

~Submitted by Andrea

Spiced Tea Mix

To make the drink mix, combine three parts instant orange breakfast drink (Tang), to one part instant tea. Have the children fill baby food jars with the drink mix. Screw the lids on tight. To complete this gift let each child select a precut fabric circle. Help the children place the circles over their lids and secure them with rubber bands. Attach a card with these directions: "Mix 1 heaping Tablespoon drink mix with 1 cup hot or cold water for a delicious orange beverage".

~Submitted by Andrea

Flowers For Mommy

To make decorate a white paper lunch bag with a variety of art materials such as crayons, paint, markers, stickers, stamps, etc.... Open the bag; then fold the top of the bag down about one inch. After putting the stems of several artificial flowers in the bag, squeeze the bag together just below the fold. Secure the flowers in the bag by tying a length of ribbon around the top of the bag.

~Submitted by Andrea

Mother's Day Card

To make fold a sheet of construction paper in half. On the front write:" My Love For You....." And on the inside write:"...Grows and grows and grows!!" Then to decorate the front glue on groups of scrunched tissue paper to resemble flowers; then use a marker to draw stems. As a special surprise tape a package of flower seeds inside of the card.

~Submitted by Andrea

Mother's Day Hyacinths

In advance spray paint supply of popped popcorn light blue, pink, yellow, or lavender. Allow drying. Cover your workspace with wax paper. To make a pot of flowers color a craft stick green. Lay the stick on the paper. Repeatedly dip pieces of popcorn into the glue; then press them onto the top half of the craft sticks to resemble a hyacinth. When the glue is dry, peel off the wax paper then add more popcorn to the other side of the stick. Put a lump of clay into the bottom of a small plastic cup; then press the craft stick into the cup so the flower stands upright. Dip the ends of some construction paper leaves into glue; then tuck them into the cup around the flower. Complete the pot by adding a Mother's day message on the pot!

~Submitted by Andrea

Mother's Day Hugs

To make one hug, trace a child's hands onto a piece of construction paper; then cut them out. Have the child glue them onto the ends of a colored sentence strip so that the fingers extend outward. Next, have the child glue construction paper hearts onto the strip. Then attach this poem to the center of the strip.: I know you miss me when I'm away, So I made this hug for you today! This a special hug from me to you will give you hugs all day through! Happy Mother's Day!!!

~Submitted by Andrea

Potpourri Sachet

Cut an 8''x11'' piece of lace. Have each child lay the lace right side down on a flat surface and place a handful of potpourri in the center. Bring the four corners up to the top and gather the lace around the top. Secure the sachet with a rubber band. Cut and tie a piece of colored ribbon and attach the following poem:

This pretty bag of potpourri
Was made for you by little me.
In it, there are leaves and flowers
That will smell sweet for many hours.
I helped cut the ribbon and lace,
And tied a bow in a special place.
So keep it somewhere it can stay
To wish you Happy Mother's Day
Each and every day!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Handprint Flower

Cut a doily into a heart (or buy it like that) and make it into a flower (add cut stem and leaves) put the child's handprint on top of the doily. Glue all onto bright colored paper.

A Piece of me I give to you
I made this flower
Because I Love You
The heart is for you
The hand is me
To show we are friends
The best there can be
I hope you will save it
And look back someday
At the flower, we shared on your SPECIAL DAY!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Mother's Day Gift Idea

Either use this along with a gift you've made as part of a card or make a book.

You sew the buttons on my clothes (glue button on this page)
You gave me a hankie for my nose (kleenex on this one)
You make good things for me to eat (picture from a magazine)
You buy me candy for a treat (glue piece of candy on)
You wash my clothes and mend my socks (picture from the mag and a cut our sock)
Dear Mother, I love you lots and lots!! (big heart - can put child's picture in it)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Mother's Day Collages

Cut pictures of women and children from magazines, combine and mount them attractively, and finish with a spray of shellac or other fixatives. They can serve as gifts and make nice placemats for a Mother's Day meal.

~Submitted by Konnie, Daydreams Daycare

Hand Print Potholder

Help the child to coat a hand with non-toxic fabric paint and press it onto a plain potholder. When the paint has dried, wrap this special Mother's Day gift.

Coupon Book For Mother

What do you do to help your Mother? Trace around each child's hand. Make three to six hands for each child. The children cut them out, punch a hole at the top, and tie them together with a piece of yarn. Write on each hand something the child says he/or she can do for Mother or to help Mother. "I can clear my dishes from the table." "I can empty the trash." "I can fold my own clean socks."

Bubble Bath

Buy little jars and mix the below ingredients and put inside and attach the tag and write each child's name on the back of the tags.

1/2 c Dreft
1 c Epsom salt
4-5 drops Glycerine
few drops of Cologne

~Submitted by Denise, ABC Daycare

I also run a daycare and we are decorating with paint, wooden planters then the kids are planting wildflower seeds in them.We are doing this 1 week before we give them out so when mum gets them they will already be starting to grow. We are also making sunflower cards made from the kid's handprints and them gluing on some sunflower seeds.

~Submitted by Kim from Canada

Keepsake Planters

I found an idea last year after it was too late to do and have wanted to plan it for this year, and since I need the parents' help, I thought I would give them plenty of time to hold up their end....have the parents send in one OLD (re too little or out of season) shoe of their child's. Line it with a plastic bag of some sort and fill with potting soil and have the kiddo's plant a small bedding plant in it, an ivy would be nice. If it has laces take them out. Tie a pretty bow on it and there you have it, a keepsake planter. I think I will find a way to put the date and my facility name and the child's name on the bottom or something as well.

~Submitted by Terri in TX, Kid'n'Kaboodle Day Care

Neat Gift Idea

My kindergarteners planted sunflower seeds and created sunflower watercolors. I also tape-recorded each student singing "You are my sunshine!" These make great gifts for mom or dad!

~Submitted by Angela in Kentucky

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