mother's day hands on activities

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

Mother's Day portraits and hands on activities

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.

Mother's Day hands on activities

2. Celery Flower Printing

diy gift for Mother's Day

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

Mother's Day sensory bin hands on

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

Mother's Day hands on craft

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.

Mother's Day activities resources american
Mother's Day activities resources Australian

After other picture book play ideas? Check out the blog.

Till next time,

Stay Joyful!


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