1-2-3 Come Make a Mother's Day Keepsake Card With Me
This fingerprint keepsake card is a quick, easy and fun craftivity, with wonderful results. I've included 2 options for creating them. Little ones can simply color the letters and then carefully press fingerprints on the paper.
Older students can place the letter templates over the blank poem-page and then press their prints in and around the letters, using various colors of stamp pads.
I made several sets of the templates, using an old file folder, so that more than one child could use them at a time, and set this activity up as an independent center at a table.
Remind students to use the sanitary wipe to clean off their pointer finger, using only one color at a time, so they don't ruin your stamp pads.
There are lots of washable stamp pads on the market, but if yours stain your students' fingers, wipe with a sanitary wipe and have them rub a little suntan lotion on the stain. By the end of the day, it should be gone.
After they are content with the look of their paper, they carefully lift off the templates to reveal the word mom. For even more of a keepsake factor, have students glue their school photo inside the oval.
This is the technique that I used on the photograph. I saw a similar poem all over the Internet, and revamped it for this project. The original author is unknown. Here is my version:
"I've left some little fingerprints on just about every wall, on furniture, doors and windows, I've really marked them all. Here are some that won't rub off to remember when I was small, because I'll love you forever, even when I'm big and tall."
Have older students use the back of the paper to complete the writing prompt: My mom colors my world with love because...
Show children your sample and have them read the word MOM, then flip the page upside down and ask them to read the "new" word WOW. Encourage students to share this demostration with their own card, explaining to their moms that they are a wow mom. This could also be another writing prompt for the back.
Take advantage of a teachable moment, and tell your students about palindromes, as mom, read forwards or backwards, is the same. Click on the link to view/download the Fingerprint Mother's Day Keepsake Card.
Another colorful card is the Mother's Day Rainbow Writing Prompt Mobile. Have students brainstorm with you, thinking of ways their mothers color their world with love, caring, joy etc. List these on the board.
Cut strips of construction paper. Students fold the strips in half. Using a glue stick, they rub glue all over the back, place a piece of yarn down the middle of one section, and then press shut. They continue this process until they have all of the colors of the rainbow represented in their appropriate rainbow order.
Students complete the writing prompt by composing a sentence on each strip. Older students can write on both sides. Add the finishing touch, by including a photograph on the heart pattern.
I also have a very "pinteresting" PIN board, chockful of more free Mother's Day crafts and activities.
That's it for today. Thanks for visiting. The wind is howling outside my window. It's a cold and dreary day that doesn't look or feel much like spring.
However, it's the perfect kind of day to tackle paper mountain, and get some design work done, as there's no temptation to go out and play. Wishing you a stress-free and productive day.
"My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and passion that I wish could be bottled." -Carly Fiorina