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A DIY Mother’s Day Craft Pack
Mother’s Day is the perfect celebration of the hard work that care givers of all kinds put in to raising and caring for their children. However, there can often be a feeling of awkwardness around Mother’s Day within the early years setting.
Every child and family comes to an educational setting with different values and experiences. Not every family dynamic is the same and one of the most important gifts we can give to children is to help them to feel good about the uniqueness of their family.
So, to help you celebrate Mother’s Day in your setting in an inclusive and progressive manner, we’ve put together this adaptable fun pack of activities that also teach and develop new skills.
Why celebrating Mother’s Day is important in Early Years
It’s important to remember why we celebrate Mother’s Day and how important the day can be for early year’s children. One of the most important aspects of being an Early Years Educator is to teach children about different traditions and celebrations.
Mother’s Day is a celebration and is a great opportunity to teach appreciation and respect. Not just for mothers, but for all people that children care about.
While Mother’s Day is a time for celebration and progressive thinking, it’s also a great opportunity to develop essential skills. For the below activities, there is focus on the development of fine motor skills and as you know, developing fine motor skills in early childhood helps build the foundations for important future skills like writing and self-care.
So, let’s get into it!
Mother’s Day Cards
What you’ll need:
Step 1 – Fold your card
First, you’ll need to fold and cut your card into the size you want it to be. This can be anywhere from a traditional small size to a larger piece for your children to add as many shapes as they like.
Step 2 – Glue the seeds into a round shape
Next, you’ll need to form the disk florets for your flower. Create a circle with your glue and then stick your seeds in to form around shape.
Step 3 – Glue the pasta into a flower shape
Then, it’s time to create your flower petals. For this, you’ll need to glue the pasta pieces around your seeds. Try to create some space between the pasta pieces to make it more visible that they’re flower petals.
Step 4 – Cut the green pipe cleaner for the stem
Every flower needs a good stem to hold things together. So now you’ll need to cut a piece of green pipe cleaner and glue it beneath your flower to make your stem.
Step 5 – Cut the green pipe cleaner into small pieces for leaves
To finish the whole ensemble, you now need to cut the rest of your green pipe cleaner into small pieces. Then, glue them around the bottom of the stem to create leaves.
And voila! You’ve got a lovely homemade Mother’s Day card.
Paper Flower Bouquet
What you’ll need:
Step 1 – Place and fold!
First things first, you‘ll need to put your two pieces of different coloured tissue paper on top of each and fold repeatedly, like you would with a fan!
Step 2 – Place 2 inches of the green pipe cleaner around the centre of the fanned tissue paper
Next, you need to place the pipe cleaner in the centre of the fanned tissue paper. You’ll need 2 inches of the pipe cleaner to sit above the tissue paper so that you can twist and secure the pipe cleaner in place with the tissue paper.
Step 3 – Scrunch and repeat!
Now you have your petals and your stem, you need to finally scrunch and unpick the fanned tissue paper until your flower starts to take shape. Repeat these steps as many times as you like to create as many flowers as you like!
All About My ____
What you’ll need:
No materials needed, we’ve done it for you!
Simply print off our All About My _____ template and help your children write out how much their care giver means to them. It’s also a great chance for kids to practice their writing & spelling skills, word recognition, and understanding & expressing their emotions. The different prompts will encourage children to consider the right words to use to explain how they feel.