Help your students show appreciation for the mother figures in their lives with these nifty activities. Mother's Day is a celebration of the special women in our lives and coincides nicely with the arrival of spring. Your students can make the day extra meaningful by creating one of these thoughtful crafts in your class the week before. Weave these activities alongside a written gratitude prompt to continue to hit core writing standards in the process!
1. Handprint Flower Poem
2. Written Thank You Letter
Practice those letter-writing skills with a simple thank you letter to mom. Challenge your students to incorporate vocabulary words from your current unit that may fit. Remember to acknowledge that students can have mother figures in their lives who may not be their biological moms. Grandmas, aunts, sisters, neighbors, teachers, or social workers could all be thanked in this letter!
Printable: Thank You Letter Template
3. Tissue Paper Flower Bouquet
Give mom a bouquet that will last, made of these gorgeous crepe colors. The finished product looks polished and requires just a few basic materials like crepe paper, pipe cleaners, and colored construction paper. The tutorial linked below will walk you through the process step by step. Pop the bouquet into second-hand mason jars bought cheap at a thrift store.
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4. "Thanks for the Good Roots" Flower Pot
5. Coupon Books
Print off this sample coupon book as a model and then have your students create their own "gift cards" for mom to cash in. Dishes without nagging? Done. Trash duty without asking? Done.
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6. Handmade Soap Gifts
7. Coffee Filter Flowers
Another great art project that even your littlest students can complete. Have students create a whole bouquet of paper flowers to gift mom. With just a few simple materials, your students can make something to be proud of.
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8. Bath Bomb STEM Activity
This fun, hands-on bath bomb STEM activity is perfect for homeschoolers or for a chemistry class with older grade levels. It introduces students to fundamental scientific concepts such as acids, bases, and chemical reactions. These homemade bath bombs will be a colorful surprise for mom!
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9. Mother's Day Google Slides
Use Google Slides for this e-version of a homemade mother's day gift. If your students are still remote or you have distance learners in your class, this is a perfect way to get them involved. Or, simply, if you'd like to cut out the mess of crepe paper, glue, and glitter, Google Slides may be the way to go. Teach students how to take this customizable template and add their own wording to it. Have students share their Google Slides presentations with each other to practice before showing mom on Mother's Day.
Learn More: Google Slides Template on Slides Go
10. Collection of Poems
This unit is designed for a 4th-grade classroom but can be easily adapted in any elementary school classroom. Centering all poetry around a theme, such as Mother's Day, gives your students purpose and focus to their writing. This is a great way to squeeze in some creative poetry work amidst the preparation for standardized test season.
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11. Flower Pen
Here's a simple tutorial to make this sweet homemade gift for Mother's Day. Pop the pens into a clear jar to create a snazzy bouquet for mom.
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12. Cute Flower Bookmarks
These simple bookmarks are the perfect activity for building fine motor skills with your younger students. Have them make matching ones, one for them and one for mom, to encourage a love of reading!
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13. Class Recipe Book
Weave in math, science, and writing with this clever recipe book project. This is a great way to honor students' cultures of origin as well. It makes a practical gift that can be used for years to come!
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14. Mother's Day Acrostic
Your students will enjoy making this Mother's Day Acrostic Poem. Use this classroom activity to practice adjectives.
Learn More: Teachers Pay Teachers Mother's Day Acrostic
15. Garden Markers Homemade Gift
A fun activity to make something practical for the start of a springtime garden plot. The special women in your students' lives will appreciate such a thoughtful, simple touch.
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16. Paper Quilled Artwork
Paper quilling is a unique and aesthetically satisfying art form that even your youngest students can get on board with. Teach them to make flowers, animals, and other designs to glue to a homemade Mother's Day card.
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17. Cupcake Liner and Button Card
This sweet and simple card will make mom smile. Using craft sticks, cupcake liners, buttons, and a handmade cutout of a mug, your students can assemble this classy creation in just a couple of steps.
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18. Sentence Starter Flower Bouquet
Assemble these creative bouquets brimming with adjectives to describe mom. For younger students, you can transcribe their oral responses.
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19. Mother's Day Award Ribbon
Help students celebrate the superhero in their life with these colorful award ribbons. Crystal, from Our Kid Things, offers a step-by-step tutorial walking you through the process of making one of these.
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