These are a few FREEBIES from my Student-Made End of the Year Awards packet.
I found this idea in various print forms on a variety of sites, so I'm not sure where the original idea came from. However, instead of making an 8x10 print to frame, I thought it would be perfect to design some cards, bookmarks and magnets, which children could make in school for various holidays: Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Grandparent's Day.
There are 3 templates so you can use this for Mother's Day with a generic "You are 'berry' special" pattern, so students can give this to someone else, or make for Grandparents' Day.
Students write a sentence on each colored strip of why their mom/special person colors their world with love.
This is a versatile craftivity, as you can use the various templates for a Mother's Day or Father's Day gift, or something to make with grandparents for Grandparent's Day. If you'd like to give your students an end-of-the-year gift, this is also relatively easy and inexpensive, and sure to become a keepsake. This "craftivity" is a special FREEBIE in my TpT shop. Click on the link to grab your copy today.
Make this sweet Mother's Day bouquet as a special keepsake. This is a special FREEBIE in my TpT shop. Click on the link to grab yours today!
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
1-2-3 Come Do Some Activities For Mother's Day With Me
The "Something to Tweet About" Mother's Day "craftivity" Friday, was such a hit that I decided to dream up a few more writing prompts that double as a great gift-card for moms.
Since students are learning about time, I thought it would be fun to design something around a clock.
Children draw a self-portrait on the poem-circle page and then "hinge" the clock to the front of their card.
Have them add their school photo to the center for that finishing touch.
Here's the poem: "Mom I love you for all the times you picked me up when I was down. For all the times you traded your sweet smile for my frown.
For all the times you brushed my hair and tucked me into bed...or needed something for yourself and put me first instead.
For all the times that we have shared, the tears and laughter too. I love you Mom with all my heart. There's no one quite like you!"
Older students can write about some of their favorite times that they've shared with their mom on the back of their card. I've included a template for them to write on .
Click on the link to view/download the Special Times With Mom Mother's Day activity.
Another Mother's Day writing prompt craftivity has a bee theme. "My mom is 'bee-utiful' because..." is the writing prompt.
Students can either choose to make an adorable bumble bee and write why their mom is beautiful on the yellow stripes of the bug, or they can choose the beehive and write on each section of the hive.
For that extra bit of pizzazz, I used wax paper for the bee's wings and then attached some pipe cleaner antennae.
Make the beehive even more of a keepsake by having students dip their finger in yellow paint to make the bees. When the paint dries they can add details with a black marker.
Click on the link to view/download the My Mom Is "Bee-utiful" Mother's Day writing prompt craftivity.
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"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." -Abraham Lincoln