Mother’s day is fast approaching, as it falls on the second Sunday of May each year. Many childcare centers choose to celebrate this holiday by having children take part in special activities. It is important for children and educators alike to take time to appreciate all of the motherly figures and caregivers in a child’s life. Each caregiver plays a very special and unique role in raising a child and deserves to be celebrated. It does indeed take a village!!
For educators in the classroom, here are some activities you can make that children can take home for their motherly figures!
Using paper cuts outs, children can create their own bright spring tulips! Children can look at all of the tulips they created and discuss which tulips look real? Which are most colorful? Which tulip would you pick if you found it outside? Then they can bring them home as a Mother’s Day gift!
Children can experiment with white flowers and colored water to make their own colorful carnations. Children have the opportunity to learn about color recognition, how to mix colors to make new ones and how to keep a flower alive.
Using paper, forks, combs, and paint, children have an opportunity to create a freestyle flower of their own! Be sure to discuss their creation with them. You can ask what colors did they use in their painting? Did they touch the paint? How did it feel? Soft? Cold? Slimy?
Feel free to start this activity with a book that ties into spring and flowers to help pique the children’s interest. Then, explore your garden, yard, or neighborhood to find some rocks that you’ll use as your stamps. Once you’ve gathered all of your tools, dip the rocks into paint and stamp them onto paper to create patterns that form flowers!
All of these activities can be wrapped up and taken home by the children as gifts to give the motherly figures in their lives as we celebrate Mother’s Day!