Those special songs, Mothers Day activities of poems or gifts made by a preschooler and given to Mommy, Grandma or other caring woman is priceless! This theme page is filled with some preschool lesson plans and activities and ideas for your preschool classroom.
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for this theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool lesson plans or activity types you are looking for.
Materials Needed: Finger paint paper; finger paint
This is a cute mothers day activities theme idea!
Have the children dip their hands in finger paint and then press their hands side by side (with both thumbs next to each other) and press down. Remove paper to dry...let them continue free style finger painting!
When their hand prints are dry, add this poem to the picture: (Adapted from a poem written by Elaine Magud)
This isn't just a butterfly
As you can plainly see.
I made it with my hands
Which are a part of me.
It comes with lots of love
Especially to say
I hope you have a very, very
Happy Mother's Day
Materials Needed: Cleaned baby food jars, tissue paper squares, glue, tea light candles
The children glue the tissue paper all around the jar (overlapping them looks great). Insert a tea light candle. Add the child's picture glued to a square of paper around the neck of jar (attach with a ribbon). On the back write "Happy Mothers Day" and the year.
Materials Needed: Clay flower pots, markers, glue and stickers or foam pieces, plaster of paris, BIC pens with covers.
In advance, pour prepared plaster of paris into the bottom of the pot. Insert the BIC pen cover. Let dry.
The children decorate the outside of the pots with markers and glue on foam pieces or stickers (flowers, etc.) OR they can paint them or glue on tissue paper squares!
When dry, the children take their pot to the Sensory table (see Sensory Table activities below for what to do with the pots next!)
Mothers Day Bouquet
Materials: Coffee Filters, markers, eye droppers, water, pipe cleaners
The children color filters (several of them) and then drop water on them. This makes the colors spread...they look great!
Fold the filters in thirds or fourths to make a flower shape. Pinch bottom and secure with a piece of pipe cleaner which also acts as the stem.
The children will LOVE making this bouquet!
Chocolate Spoons and a Cup!
Here's a great gift idea for the children to make!
Materials Needed: Styrofoam or other "hot" cup; items to decorate the cup with; 2 plastic spoons per child; chocolate chips with a drop of milk or candy making chocolate; waxed paper
The children glue items (such as precut flowers, stickers, etc.) to the cup.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave.
The children dip their spoons into the chocolate and then place it on waxed paper. Place these in the refrigerator overnight to harden.
The next day, place two spoons in each child's cup and wrap with either clear paper or tissue paper.
Add your favorite Mothers' Day Poem to the cup or a note that says "For coffee or tea with Mommy and Me!"
Kiss and Hug Box
Materials Needed: Small gift boxes (1 for each child); paint; Hershey's Kiss and Hug chocolate.
The children paint the box and when dry add some Kisses and Hugs to the box and cover it!
Here is a poem for the box--I'm not sure who wrote this poem, but it's great!
This is a very special box, that only you can see.
The reason it's so special it's just for you from me.
It's filled with hugs and kisses, as sweet as sweet can be.
Just hold the box close to your heart, and you'll always think of me.
You Are My Sunshine
Materials Needed: Small, clay pot for each child; yellow construction paper and scissors; green styrofoam (to place in the pots); wire sticks, such as green flower craft wire; a picture of each child (or a picture of each child with their Mom if possible!)
Cut the pictures into circles. Make some circle stencils that are the same size as the pictures you just cut.
The children trace and cut out a yellow circle and glue it to the back of their picture.
Help children place a piece of the wire between the picture and the sun circle.
The children push the wire into the styrofoam that is in the pot.
Children print the words You Are My Sunshine onto a paper and glue onto the pot. OR, prepare labels or papers with the saying on it for the children to glue onto the pot.
Add dollhouse sized people to your block area for some family fun building!
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your Space Theme!
Pick a Flower
In advance, cut out flowers of different varieties. Be sure that each flower is a different color.
Talk about Mothers' Day and that sometimes we like to give flowers to Moms on this day.
Ask a child which color flower he/she would like to choose for their Mom, and then lead the children in this song:
(Child's Name) picked a pink flower, pink flower, pink flower.
(Child's Name picked a pink flower for his/her Mom.
Place the flower back into the pile and continue until all the children have had a turn.
EXTENSION: Place felt or a piece of dryer softener sheet on the back and use this on a flannel board.
EXTENSION: Follow up this activity with an art project where the children make a flower for their Mom.
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation!
Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific Space theme questions while making these fun snacks!
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Add dollhouses, furniture and vehicles for the dollhouses to your dramatic play area.
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Ask your children what their Mommy does for them and then encourage them to paint a picture of that at the easel. Print on the paper what the child said about their Mom.
Mother, What May I Do?
This game is a watered down version of Mother, May I?, typically played with elementary aged children. We have removed the competition.
The children ask, "Mother, what may I do?" and the Mother (the teacher to start out with) names a motion or movement. Try suggesting things that Moms do during the day.
Some sugguestions are: Make your bed 3 times. Drive to work 2 times. or just move with something like you all may hop 4 times."
Then choose a child to be the mother (or father!). The rest of the children again ask "Mother (Father), what may I do?" He or she then names something.
Continue until all the children have had a turn to be the leader.
SUGGESTION: Make number cards that go from 1-10. The child who is leading chooses the motion or movement to do and then chooses a number card to determine how many times.
If you do not do this, trust me, you will be "making your bed" around "one-hundred thirty thousand fourteen" times!
Book Suggestions for the Library
You may find many of these books at your local library. If you would like to purchase any of the books, click the title of the book to go to the Amazon website.
The Berenstain Bears and the Mama's Day Surprise by Jan and Stan Berenstain
Mother's Day Poem
There used to be so many of my
Fingerprints to see,
On the furniture and walls and things
From sticky, grubby me
But if you stop and think a while
You’ll see I’m growing fast,
Those tiny hand prints disappear,
You can’t bring back what’s past.
So here’s a small reminder,
To keep, not wipe away,
Of tiny hands and how they looked,
To make you smile some day.
Materials: Scissors, family magazines, glue sticks, colored paper
The children rip out or cut out pictures that remind them of their Mom or family and glue it on a collage. Be sure to ask them why the chose each picture. That way, when they bring the collage home, they will tell their families how each picture reminds them of home!
In advance make (print pictures from online) pictures of a Mom doing daily activities (driving, shopping, cooking, working, etc.). Make 2 of each picture, and laminate.
The children can either place them face down on a table and play a memory game with them or they can leave them face up and find the matches, depending upon their level of ability with this type of activity.
In advance, cut out from magazines (or print out from online) pictures of family members: Moms, Dads, babies, etc. Print out several of each.
Look at and discuss the pictures with the children. Then ask, How many Mom pictures are there? How many babies?
sung to the tune of B-I-N-G-O
I love my Mommy, she's the best.
My Mommy is a great one.
M-O-M-M-Y, M-O-M-M-Y, M-O-M-M-Y
And Mommy is her name-o!
Mothers Day Pen Holder Pots
Materials: Moss, artificial flowers, small flower pots (clay ones already decorated--see Art Activities)
The children add moss to the flower pots.
Have the children choose a flower that they want to attach to the pen.
Help them to wrap the flower around the pen.
Place flower-pen into the pen cap that is in the pot.
(This is an extension to the Flower Pot Art Activity Above)
Foot Print Stepping Stones!
Materials Needed: bag of cement, water, small toys (little bugs, toy car,etc.); 9" round cake pans (disposable);
1. Mix cement as instructed.
2. Pour into the round pans. Let sit until it is firm enough for a print to stay in it.
3. Press child's foot into it (not too hard though!)
4. Trace child's initials and date into it.
5. Child presses some small toys around the footprint.
6. Let set. Most cement needs to be "cured" by covering with water. Read directions and do this.
7. Let set until hard (a few days) and then remove the stones from the pans.
They are great stones for a home garden, on a deck, end of a driveway!
This is not as complicated as it sounds! When I first saw this activity, I thought "THERE IS NO WAY...!" But it was easy and fun. We did it outside and the kids were able to run around in the playground barefoot for a while!
Heart Shaped Grass!
Materials: Planting pots (1 for each child); potting soil; heart shaped cookie cutters; grass seed; water
Have the children fill their pot with soil until just about full.
Place a heart shaped cookie cutter on the soil.
Cover the inside of the cookie cutter with a thin layer of grass seed
Cover the seeds with more soil.
Water the pot.
Remove the cookie cutter.
The grass will grow into a heart shape!
EXTENSION: Before planting, have the children decorate the outside of the pot with markers, stickers,etc. and then glue on a picture of the child to the pot.
Add your favorite mothers day poem to a heart shaped paper. Hole punch the heart and tie around the pot with ribbon!
Materials Needed: Construction paper, markers, stickers, precut letters M-O-M OR, I like to have the word "MOM" posted at the writing table for the children to print it themselves. Over the letter O, have the children glue on a small picture of themselves.
They decorate the place mat with markers. You laminate it!
Something to write in the card to go with it (sorry, I'm not sure where I got this poem from, but it is fantastic!):
I made this placemat with lots of love
Just for you from me.
You can read my memories and see my art
While you enjoy a cup of tea!
I love you! Happy Mother's Day (add year)