It’s that time of the year again – Mother’s Day! Although, everyday should be an opportunity to show our mothers how much they mean to us, this time of the year presents a day or even a week of hands on learning experiences for young children.
Here are 5 hands on ideas for toddlers and preschoolers, that could also be enjoyed by kindy/prep kids too! If you are after reading plans, crafts and worksheets for kindergarten age students – click here). These activities work well with any Mother’s Day themed picture book such as: “Hey, Mum, I Love You” (Corinne Fenton), “Superhero Mum” (Timothy Knapman), “Little Fish and Mommy” (Lucy Cousins) and “I Love My Mommy (Giles Andreae).
1. Portrait of My Mother
This is a printable included in the Mother’s Day _ Mini Unit (aimed at 5-6yrs), but it could also be used by younger students. Alternatively you can forego the sheet, and encourage children to use playdough or collage materials to make a portrait straight onto a shallow tray or designated space.
2. Celery Flower Printing
All you need is a Celery head or Bok-Choy works too! Print into paint and then onto paper to reveal a flower pattern.
Alternatively, you can print, cut and laminate once dry and glue recycled fridge magnets onto the back to make a cute DIY gift for mum – instructions included in the Mother’s Day_Mini Unit.
3. Find & Make
For a homemade version simply write the letters for mother (eg mum, mom, mama) onto post it notes and hide in coloured rice or other dry sensory bin. On a separate sheet of paper write the letters out for the chosen word. Children find the letters and make the name. A printable version using many different ways to say mother is included in the Mother’s Day_Mini Unit. (American and Australian versions available)
4. Bottle Print Flowers
I originally shared this art activity on Instagram in January because it was made as a birthday present for Nana. But, it is perfect for Mother’s Day too! Print using the bottom of a soft drink bottle to reveal a flower pattern.
5. Why I Love My Mother
Most picture books discuss the things the character loves about their mother. Why not create a list with your children, too? Write out their responses and display.
If you are after Kindergarten/Prep level reading plans, literacy and numeracy worksheets, as well as sensory activities and craft ideas, check out the Mother’s Day _ Mini Unit in store now.
After other picture book play ideas? Check out the blog.
Till next time,