1-2-3 Come Do Some More Mother's Day Activities With Me
During the week of Mother's Day, for our writing block, we do a variety of keepsake activities. I give children a choice, with the option if they finish one, they may work on another. This keeps kiddos focused and on task. Win-win!
I think they are highly motivated because they love their moms and want to make some super-fun "paper love" for them to show their appreciation.
The "Hoppy' Mother's Day" frog is quick, easy and fun, and turns out super-cute. Younger children can simply make the card, while older students can glue their frog card to the writing prompt lily pad.
The flip up “tongue” pattern featuring a cute little fly, has 2 verse options:
“Just little old me flying by with a Happy Mother’s Day Hi.” and
“Just little me flying by with a loving special “Hi.”
Likewise, there are a variety of options for the greeting on the frog’s belly, that’s revealed when the “tongue” is flipped up:
“I’m jumping for joy and so “hoppy” you’re my (mom, mama, mommy, mum, grandma)!” plus a fill-in-the-blank template as well.
I've included a bow pattern for that finishing touch.
Next up, is a ladybug-themed Mother’s Day card, that's sure to become a keepsake.
The packet includes 2 card options. Choose one, or give your students a choice.
The first ladybug’s wings open to reveal the greeting: “Love and a hug from your little bug.”
Wiggle eyes attached with glue dots, black pipe cleaner antennae and a photograph add those special finishing touches.
The circle poem on the back says: “The spots on my ladybug are made with TLC. They were made with my thumbprint with love to you from me.”
The other option is a 3D leaf. The top leaf features a mommy ladybug and says: “Happy Mother’s Day to A Super-Fine Lady”.
The leaf flips up to reveal the same “Love and a hug from your little bug” greeting.
Children draw a picture of their mom on the back of the leaf. I’ve also included blank wings and leaves, so students can write their own words.
Today's featured FREEBIE is also a cute craftivity for Mother's Day. The "My mom is really sweet!" writing prompt is quick, easy & fun.
One teacher told me she was so excited to make this craft, as each year she holds a tea called "Muffins in May with Mom" where moms or a significant other come to school. What a cute idea.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you found something useful.
Time to take a break and call my mom. She's 90 and moments on the phone are precious to me.
Here she is enjoying the flowers I sent. Wishing you a stress-free and joy-filled day.
"I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." -Abraham Lincoln
1-2-3 Come Do Some More Mother's Day Activities With Me
Tuesday's blog featured Mother's Day craftivities that could also be used for the end of the year, as well as back to school. Here are two more that offer that same versatility:
The "souper" soup can craftivity, can be a "flip up" card, or a windsock, where the writing prompt is completed on the paper "ribbons".
Besides those "crafty" options, you have a choice of 7 writing prompts:
* "I had a 'souper' year!" is a fun way to reflect about what students have accomplished.
* "You're going to have a 'souper' year in _________" is written by this year's students for next year's kiddos.
* "___________ is a 'souper' student." Is a terrific "bucket filler" which will help build self-esteem.
* "I'm looking forward to a 'souper' summer." Is a fun end of the year option. You could also change it to "I had a 'souper' summer." and use at the beginning of the school year.
* There are also patterns for Mom, Dad & grandparents to help celebrate their special days, as well as a blank soup can for anything else.
The "Bee-utiful Bee-cause..." bee-themed craftivity can also be used for Mother's Day, BTS (Back To School) or the end of the year.
There are 2 craftivities in the packet. Children can make a bee and choose the prompt “My mom is bee-utiful because . . .” or make fingerprint bees around a hive. Another writing prompt is: “My mom is terrific ‘bee-cause” . . .
So that students can write something different, I’ve included blank bee and hive patterns. There’s also a generic “You are ‘bee-utiful’ because …” or “You are terrific ‘bee-cause’” options.
At the end of the year, students can make a bee or hive that says: “I had a ________________ year in ________________ ‘bee-cause’..." or “I’m looking forward to a super summer ‘bee-cause’..."
Another interesting option is to have this year’s students make a bee or hive for next year’s students. “You’re going to have a _______________ year in _______________ ‘bee-cause’”.
What a fun thing to have tucked in your students’ desks or displayed on their lockers at the beginning of the year.
As with the other bee craftivities, children can write their note of “why” on the bee’s stripes, or if you want students to write more, they can complete the little apple booklet and glue it to the front.
I wanted the Mother’s Day beehive card to be a keepsake, so my students dipped their thumb in yellow paint to make the bees, and used their pinkies and white paint for the wings.
When their cards dried, they drew on details with a black marker, and glued their school photo in the “door”.
If you like the hive card, but don’t want to mess with paint, I’ve also included bee “stickers”. Students get a strip of 4, trim and glue to their card.
Teacher's and parents could also make a little gift for their students/children. I made small "Love you to pieces" cards that you can print off and attach to a Snack Baggie, or package of Reeses Pieces candy.
There's also a completed puzzle writing prompt pattern, so you can easily make a sample to share, to explain what you want your kiddos to do.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
It's cold, rainy and windy out; the perfect weather for shortening my ever-growing "to do" list. Wishing you a snuggly relaxing day.
"A good criterion for measuring success in life is the number of people you have made happy." -Robert Lumsden