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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)
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!)
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.
Thumbprint Flowers *
The children press their thumbs into different ink pads or paint and then press their thumbs onto paper. They can make many shapes by repeating this process. Remember that not all flowers look the same…..do not tell them how to make flowers…..they may be making a bouquet where as might make a daisy! Have them print their names as best they can on the paper. Give each child a print out that says Thumb-body Loves You paper * and encourage the children to place thumbprints on the letters on that card and then tape or staple the card to the flower art.
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.
Fork Painted Tulips
Place paint into shallow trays or paper plates. The children dip the forks into the paint and then press the fork onto their paper. This makes a cool tulip shape.
Just let them press as many as they want wherever they want on the paper. When done, they can use the paintbrushes to paint stems onto the flowers if they want to.
Extension: Rather than painting stems, give the children colored pipe cleaners and scissors. Have the cut pieces of pipe cleaners and glue them onto their papers for stems.
When dry, place in tissue paper to wrap it in (let the children do this!) and have them tape a card to it (the one they made in the Writing Center this week).
Remember, painting is about the PROCESS—don’t make them draw stems and don’t paint them on yourselves!
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.
You My Mother? *
Read this story by P.D. Eastman. Play an "Are You My
Mother" match game where the children work together to match pictures of mother and baby animals (This match game is made for you in the full Mother's Day Theme Pack!).
your paper and pen handy for this. Start
your story with, “One day, there was a Mom who…….” Or “Once upon a time there
was a Mom….”. What’s the difference? Sometimes beginning a story with “Once upon a
time….” elicits fairy tale storylines only because of the children’s
familiarity with this opening line of most fairy tales. So, I like to change up the beginning once in
a while! From there, just let the
children tell a sentence or two about the Mom.
It will grow into a pretty fun activity!
Extension: When done, type and
print it. Have the children create a
group cover for the story and vote on a name for the story. Make copies and send a copy of the book home
to the families!
Mom Songs *
Practice some songs about Moms this week! (There are 2 Mom song 8 X 10 posters made for you in the full Mother's Day Theme Pack!)
Mothers Day Activities Theme Ideas To Help Your Preschoolers Develop Their Math Skills & the Small Muscles In Their Hands!
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!
Mom Match *
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.
Provide children with Soap Dough or your favorite playdough. Have children create people and count how many are in their family! Encourage them to create furniture and other household items as well and add to a house shaped playdough mat.
Mothers Day Activities Theme Science Ideas-- For Your Preschool Scientists in Training!
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!
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Preschool Classroom's Mothers Day Activities Theme!
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)
Mother’s Day Cards *
Provide a paper with Mommy or Mom printed on it on card stock. They trace the letters
with glue, glitter glue, etc. They place
ribbon or misc. arts/crafts items on the glue and let dry for a Mother’s Day
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