1-2-3 Come Make A Mother's Day Card With Me
I have fond memories of sunflowers, so I thought I'd design a few Mother's Day "craftivities" featuring these beauties. For some awesome photographs of sunflowers, click on the link.
The first "writing-prompt card" features one large sunflower blossom. Students color, trim and then glue their sunflower to a sheet of construction paper. I like a dark blue background the best.
Run off the circle pattern on brown construction paper and rough cut. Students trim and then "hinge" to the center of the flower with a tiny piece of tape.
This will cover the greeting: "You are my sunshine. Happy Mother's Day!" that is underneath. Add a school photo to this "flip over flap" for that finishing touch.
Older students can complete the writing prompt: My mom brings sunshine to my life..." and glue it to the back of their picture. I've provided a template for that. Click on the link to view/download the You Are My Sunshine card.
If you have the time, this is a sweet song to teach your kiddos. Encourage them to sing the chorus to their mom after they present her with the card.
To see the words, and hear the lyrics to You Are My Sunshine click on the link, for an age-appropriate YouTube video.
Another Mother's Day sunflower card, is a bit more complicated as it involves some folding and more cutting.
I recommend it for 1st grade and up, but with a little help, I think a 5-year-old could also do a nice job.
I call this card "My love for you grows" as students accordion fold the middle section and glue it to the bottom of the flowers and then connect it to the top of the flower pot.
As mom opens and unfolds the card, it "grows and grows and grows." Older students can write on the back why their love for their mother continues to grow.
Have students write Mom (or anyone that they are fond of) in one of the centers, and glue their photo in another.
Click on the link to view/download the My love grows Mother's Day activity.
Finally, students can also choose to make an entire bouquet for their mom.
Children pick a partner and take turns tracing each other's hand, with a little wrist showing, and then cut it out. Have a room helper do this for preschool kids.
Run off the flower pattern on white construction paper.
Students trace the stems with a green marker or crayon and then glue their handprint so that it looks like they are holding the flowers.
Using different colored stamp pads, have students make fingerprint "petals" around the circles to create "flowers." Have them do the same thing to make some "leaves" on the stems. A thumbprint makes a nice big floral center.
The template includes my little poem: "These flowers are my fingerprints that I know is true. It's a Mother's Day bouquet especially for you."
Older students can complete the writing prompt: If I could have any mom I'd still pick you because... or I made this special bouquet for you because... on the back of their picture. Click on the link to view/download the Fingerprint Bouquet Mother's Day Craftivity.
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"What is a mom but the sunshine of our days and the north star of our nights." -Robert Brault