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'll find more themes to help you with your planning on my preschool themes page.
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.
The activities with the * next to them are part of my already Done For You pack!
Save time with this theme pack that includes
Butterfly Picture *
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.
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!
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.
Are 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!).
Have 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!
Practice 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!)
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!
Mini Apple Pies *
mini apple pies (instructions in this packet) for Moms or WITH Moms if you have
a Mother’s Day Tea or Picnic. (There is a Mini Apple Pie printable recipe in the full Mother's Day Theme pack!)
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.* (There are calendar numbers 1-31 you can use for your calendar AND for this game in the full Mother's Day Theme pack!)
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.
(I LOVE Amazon, and if you choose to get yours there, they do send me a few cents--which supports my coffee habit!)
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!
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.
This Mom Match game is ready for you to print, laminate and use in the full Mother's Day Theme pack!
How Many? *
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.
The Soap Dough Recipe and a House mat are included in the full Mother's Day Theme Pack!
Variation: Have children cut people and items from magazines and add to the house.
M-O-M-M-Y Song *
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!
This song and "Sometimes Mom Says" song are in 8 X 10 printable posters in
the full Mother's Day Theme pack!
Flower POT Gift Day 2
Materials: Moss and/or soild and seeds. , artificial flowers, small flower pots (clay ones already decorated--see Art Activities)
Have the children choose an artificial flower to attach to the bottom of the pen. Wrap it around the pen.
Place flower-pen into the pen cap that is in the pot.
Add soil and plant seeds in the pot.
Make Soap! *
Make soap dough using your favorite recipe in the water table or in separate bins. This can be shaped into balls and given as gifts and used with the How Many activity above in the Math section!
MY favorite soap dough recipe is included in the full Mother's Day Theme pack!
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)
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 card.
These are included in the full Mother's Day Theme pack!