Mother's Day crafts, activities, games, rhymes, songs, and printables for preschool and kindergarten. Mother's Day is the time of the year when we take time to show apprecialtion and express love for our mothers. The earliest Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece. In England, mothers are honored on Mothering Sunday. In the United States, on May 9, 1914, the Presidential proclamation declared the second Sunday of May to be observed as Mother's Day to honor mothers. Let your children celebrate this Mother's Day with our special Mother's Day cards, crafts, coloring pages, printables, gift ideas, and activities.
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Cooking: Let children make a meal for their "children."
Laundry: Set a laundry basket filled with clean clothes on the floor. It could contain face cloths, small socks, etc. Have children fold the items. Let children hang laundry on a clothesline.
Make a bathtub out of a large cardboard box and provide items such as bathrobes, towels, pajamas, slippers, etc.
Caring: Purchase a large quantity of small bandages. Children will love covering dolls' wounds and caring for their sick dolls.
Bathing: Let children bathe dolls, wash toys or doll clothes, or play with bath toys in the water table.
Cleaning Dishes: Add sponges and dishwashing liquid. Have children wash the plastic dishes in the kitchen area.
Let children write and draw "Thank you cards" for their mother. Place Mother's Day Word Wall cards on the table for children to copy.
Talk to children about all the things their mother does for them: cooking, cleaning, washing, shopping, taking care of them when they're sick, helping with homework, driving them to school, looking after them, giving hugs and love, making them laugth, etc.
You sew the buttons on my clothes,
You gave me a hankie for my nose,
You make good things for me to eat,
You buy me candy for a treat,
You wash my clothes and mend my socks,
Dear Mother, I love you lots and lots!!
Pictures and My Mom Takes Care of Me Every Day Activity available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library
Look at pictures together that depict a mother clearning, cooking, giving hugs, shopping with kids, making beds, helping with homework, making dinner or breakfast, etc.
Read a Mother's Day Book together. Our book suggestion: Five Minutes' Peace.
After reading the book, brainstorm with children a list of things that they can do to help their mom.
My Mommy Helps Me
My mommy helps me when I'm sick.
My mommy helps me when I'm blue.
My mommy helps me when I'm sad.
Thanks, Mom, for all that you do!
Mother's Day Word Wall Cards Available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library
Use word wall pictures on your interactive reading chart to write and read about all their mothers do.
She __________ (for) me. (cooks, cleans, hugs, loves)
My mother loves to relax in her __________. (bathtub, garden, bedroom, chair, bed) Ask children how their mother tries to relax after their hard work.
Show children picture cards depicting various activities mothers do during the day. Have them act out the activities. When you lift the bathtub signal, ask children to lie down and listen to some relaxing music. Use a little bell or gong to wake them up for the next activity.
Discuss that sleep and rest are important for our body to regain its strength. Have children bring a pillow from home. Have them explore and feel the different pillows. Have children lie down on the pillows and listen to some soft music. After the music, let children stretch their bodies. Stretch arms, fingers, legs, etc. Ask children how the music made them feel.
Talk about the different ways we can relax.
Talk to children about how we can help our mothers. Explain to children that we can help our mother by making our own snack and cleaning up after ourselves. Let children prepare their own snacks. Provide plastic plates, sandwich bread, plastic knives, jellies, cream cheese, or margarine.
In small groups, let children spread their favorite bread spread on their sandwich for their snack.
Make some bath salts or bath soaps for a Mother's Day present. Attach the following poem:
Here's a gift for Mother's Day.
I'll try my best in every way.
But if you get upset with me . . .
Relax and soak!! Don't you agree?
Take turns with your child playing Mother Says (instead of Simon Says). Start by giving directions for your child to follow, such as "Mother says wave your hands. Mother says touch your nose. Mother says hop on one foot." Explain that whenever you give a direction without first saying "Mother says," your child should not do the action. If he/she does, then have him/her trade places with you and start giving you the directions. Continue the game as long as you wish.
Are You My Mom? Felt Story and Printables (available inside our KidsSoup Resource Libary)
Collect pictures of mother and baby animals. For durability, cover each picture with clear contact paper or laminate. Attach a piece of Velcro® tape to the back of each picture. Allow children to match the mother animals to the baby animals using the flannel board.
Mother and Baby Animals Matching Activity
Using the same pictures as in the activity above, place mother and baby animal pictures face down on a table or the floor. Have two to four children take turns matching the mothers to their babies. If a child matches a pair, he/she takes the pictures. If the match is incorrect, the pictures are turned face down again. Children continue until all the mothers and babies are paired. The winner is the person with the most matches.
Are you my mom? Mother and Baby Animals Circle Game
Make necklaces out of the mother and baby animal cards. Select one child to be the baby animal looking for its mom. Hand out the necklaces (except one baby animal) to children. Attach the picture of the baby animal to the back of the selected child. Turn the child around so that the other children can see what baby animal is looking for its mom without telling. The "baby animal" walks up to one child after another asking "Are you my mom?" The child answers with the animal's sound and a "yes" or "no" answer. If the "baby animal" doesn't find its mother after five tries, invite the child to make the sound of the baby animal's mother. When the baby animal has found it's Mom, repeat with another baby animal.
Small Hand/Big Hand
Help show children the difference between small and big. Ask the mothers of your children to trace their hands or make a handprint on a piece of paper. At school, ask children to glue their mother's handprint on a piece of paper. Then, have them make their handprint next to their mother's. Finally, let children draw other little and big things on the paper. Children can give this to their moms as a little Mother's Day gift.
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View also our Twiggle Magazine Mother's Day edition for more Mother's Day crafts, recipes, and printables.
For My Mother
Here are flowers
For a very special day
Just for you
On Mother's Day
I must have been born
Beneath a lucky star
To have a mother
As nice as you are!
I Love Mommy
(Tune: Frere Jacques)
I love Mommy,
I love Mommy
Yes, I do; Yes I do
And my Mommy loves me,
Yes, my Mommy loves me,
Loves me too, loves me too.
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