Mother's Day is a time for
expressing your appreciation for mom. Doing nice things
for her, bringing her flowers, and letting her relax are all
wonderful ways to show mom you love her and that you are
grateful for all that she does.
And speaking of flowers
and relaxing, did you know that scientific research proves that
looking at beautiful flowers, sitting in a garden, or taking a
walk out in nature can make us feel more peaceful and happy?
So what better way to celebrate Mother's Day than by getting Mom
outdoors, or at least bringing some of nature indoors to Mom?
Here are some of our favorite ideas for Mother's Day Activities
that help reconnect you and your Mom with Nature:
a nature walk. If you're mom is not the hiking
type, perhaps a leisurely stroll through a community flower
garden, arboretum, or a favorite area of a local park.
Sunday brunch outdoors or have a tea party or picnic outside.
You can help prepare the food, set the table (or pack
the picnic basket), and serve the food. Don't forget about
cleaning up after! Note: be sure to have your dad or
another adult plan with you so that the foods you need can be
purchased ahead of time at the store. For
brunch or tea party recipes see our
More Fun section
a flower pot for mom, then fill it with soil and plant
some seeds ― or transplant a small flowering plant from the
nursery into the pot.
Mom a coupon for gardening help. You can pull
weeds, rake leaves, water plants, or do other chores that will
give Mom time to do something she enjoys...but may not have time
mom a beautiful "flower pen". This is one flower
that will never wilt or die, and it's very useful when she has
to write a shopping list or jot down phone messages. For
directions, see Arts & Crafts below.
a vase for mom.
You can do something nice for Mom
and Mother Earth at the same time if you save a nice tall jar or
can to re-purpose for this project. (If you use a can, be
sure the jagged edges have been thoroughly removed. then fill it
with soil and plant some seeds ― or transplant a small flowering
plant from the nursery into the pot.
Need more Mother's Day related activities? Try these...
Happy Mother's Day Poems
Lovely poems for
Mother's Day. Perfect for cards and gift tags.
Every Day Should Be Mother's Day
read and response activity.
Each child in Mrs. Madoff's class explains how he or she will celebrate Mother's Day. Rockwell introduces a variety of youngsters, representing many cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Young readers will be intrigued by the multiple ways these characters plan their festivities, which include appreciating nature, enjoying family togetherness, eating special foods, and going to a museum. The simple text and vibrant illustrations work well together, as single- and double-page paintings provide glimpses of the activities described by each student. The warm hues and smiles all around show the affection shared by these families. As a bonus, step-by-step directions for making flowers with construction paper, pipe cleaners, and buttons are included. This Mother's Day delight is sure to be in high demand.--Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA
Mother's Day Coupons
You can make your own coupons without a print out,
but this might be a fun way to get started.
Note To My Mom...
Print and fill in a special "I just want you to
know" message to mom.
Write your own Mother's Day acrostic poem, like the one below.
You can fill in your own special thoughts about mom.
Mom's are busy ladies, who have to do many different kinds of jobs --
and keep track of so many things -- just to take good care of their
families. Do you think you can make a list of all the things your
mother does? (HINT: it's okay to ask her for more
information!) You may wonder how she gets it all done.
Does she have super powers? Well... probably not. But
let's have some fun with that idea by writing a story about your mom
going through her daily routine -- making breakfast, getting kids to
school, juggling all her many jobs -- as if she really was a super hero.
What super powers can you imagine for her? Does she instantly
toast the toast with her heat ray vision? Does she use super speed
to get all the chores done when she gets home from work? Does she
have super hearing that allows her to know exactly which junk food
you're getting into?
Start this project by brainstorming your ideas. You can even list
them on a piece of paper. Then think of some ways to make your
story exciting. Is there a big crisis that happens in the story?
Is there a super villain or special challenges to overcome (dirty
laundry that magically makes more of itself, pesky telemarketer sales
people popping out from behind every bush and calling on the phone every
minute, etc.). What kinds of funny stuff can you think of?
And now...give some thought to how your story might end. Does
the family ever get a clue as to how much Super Mom does for them?
Now get busy and start writing! Don't worry if it's not perfect.
You can always come back and make little changes. Don't
forget to draw a picture or two to illustrate your story. You may
even want to do this part first, to help get your imagination flowing.
Top Ten Reasons Why I Love My Mom
Use this writing prompt to create a meaningful Mother's Day gift.
Click here for another version.
Oh dear, it seems Mothers are always cleaning up
messes. Well this time it your turn! See if you can
unscramble these messed up words
Mother's Day Math
for Mother's Day
Try these great worksheets from EdHelper. Don't miss the "count
by" pages, which are actually fun dot to dot worksheets!
Garden with Mom
If you happen to have great weather this weekend,
why not spend some special time outdoors with mom in the garden!
You can even surprise her with a special packet or two of seeds and
maybe some starter plants from the nursery (hint: tomatoes and zucchini
are pretty easy to grow). And of course, this is a great
opportunity to score some point with mom by doing a few garden chores
like pulling weeds, raking leaves, and watering. Don't forget the
sunscreen! And be sure to stop by the
Earth's Kids Garden Page for more ideas, plus great
links, books, and supplies.
E.K. Earth Science
Even though Mother's Day is mostly about showing our love and gratitude
to the women who have helped raise and care for us, it can also be a
time to stop and show some love and appreciation to the Earth.
Traditional societies for thousands of years have acknowledge that
planet Earth is much like a mother to us. Our bodies are
ultimately made from her substance, her earth, air, and water sustain
us. And if we don't take time now and then to appreciate this
fact, and to think a bit about what we can give back, about how we can
help the Earth be happy and well, we just might find the Earth, and
ourselves, coming upon some pretty hard times. So take a minute to
browse the following EK pages to learn a little more about our Earth and
what you can do to be of service.
Earth Day -- Lots of great ideas for helping the Earth
Environment -- Even more ideas, plus info about food webs and
great nature books.
Global Warming -- The EK special feature about this important
Mother's Day History
More About the History of Mother's Day
Arts & Crafts
Make lovely paper flowers made from children's
Make It Yourself Mother's Day Gift Ideas
The Children's Family Fun
Website has dozens of great ideas for gifts you can make yourself for
Blooming Flower Pen Craft
This will look really pretty on your mom's desk,
or on her bedside table! In fact, it's really two gifts in one --
a useful pen and... beautiful "flower" in a pot.
Here's a way to
give Mom sweet dreams! You'll need some special scented oils and
dried herbs and flowers, plus some pretty cloth fabric. If
you go to the local fabric store or to the fabric department at
Wal-Mart, ask them to point you toward the "remnant" scraps. These
are leftover pieces of cloth that are marked way down, saving you money.
Or you could think about recycling some worn out clothing for this
craft, like a pair of flannel pajamas. But please check with a
grown-up before you start cutting!
Mom AND Mother Earth
Make something pretty for her out of recycled stuff:
Make her some flowers using
recycled egg cartons. (click for ideas)
recycled paper towel or toilet paper tubes to make something
adorable. (click for ideas)
Or make a nice collage
recycled stuff, like used wrapping paper, bottle caps, a broken
hair clippy, etc.
Hand Print & Poem
craft for dad (or a big brother or sister) to help a little one do for
mom. It's a favorite activity to do with kindergartners and
preschoolers that has been in circulation for many years, that is sure
to bring a happy tear to Mom's eye. You will need paper and
washable tempra paint (and a plan for getting the paint of the child
before it ends up everywhere). Put the paint in a flat pan, like a
pie tin, or simply brush it onto the child's hand. Then have the
child make a handprint on a sheet of paper. Allow the print to dry
thoroughly. You will also need copy the text of the following poem
and print it out on another sheet of white paper:
because I am so small
and always leave my finger prints
on furniture and walls.
But every day
I'll be grown someday,
and all those tiny hand prints
will surely fade away.
So here's a
little hand print
just so you can recall
exactly how my fingers looked
when I was very small.
For even more poems to go
with Mother's Day gifts click here
There are different ways
to display the poem and handprint together.
You could make it into a large card by
folding a rectangular sheet of construction paper and gluing the
handprint page to the front cover and putting the poem on the
You could also make a kind of sign or
plaque by using a large piece of construction paper to mount the
handprint sheet, with the printed poem pasted on underneath.
Use a hole punch to make a couple hole at the tip of the sign
and then attach a nice ribbon or piece of chubby, colorful yarn
through the holes to make a loop for hanging.
And of course if you use smaller print
for the poem, you can simply squeeze both on the same sheet of
white paper (only works if the hand is small).
Another fun touch is to add a photo of the child whose print is
on the project. There are many other ways you could adapt
this craft. Be creative!
I miss you when we're not
I'm growing up so fast
See how big I've gotten
Since you saw me last?
As I grow, I'll change a lot,
The years will fly right by.
You'll wonder how I grew so quick
When and where and why?
So look upon this hand print plaque
That's hanging on your wall.
And memories will come back of me,
When I was very small.
A Box of Love
Materials: box, paint, glue,
ribbon, nice paper, hole punch, scissors and lots of love!
What better gift could their be! This is
another classic gift craft that could be used for a birthday, Mother's
Day, or even Father's Day. You'll need a small box. You
could get one from the craft store or look around the house for one.
Be sure to check with a grown-up before you "borrow" one from around
the house. Then you'll need to decorate your box. You
can paint your box, cover it with stickers, or cover it in pretty
wrapping paper held on with glue or tape. Don't forget to
decorate the lid!
Now you will need to copy the following poem
onto some pretty paper to make the "gift tag".
Don't forget to cut the
paper down to a gift tag size that looks nice with your box.
When you cut, try using special scissors that make a zigzagging
edge as you cut. Then use a hole punch to make a hole, and
slip the ribbon through the hole.
Then when everything is dry (glue, paint,
etc.), put the lid on the box and tie it on with the pretty
ribbon. You can tie the ribbon into a bow on top (just
like tying shoes) or try curling it by pulling the ribbon hard
and fast over your thumbnail (or some other hard edge).
Now you're all done!
Note: If you want you could put something in the
box like a pinch of glitter, or a dried flower from the garden
-- just to make it extra special. But remember, the idea
is that the box won't be opened up again.
I took an
As empty as can be
I filled it with a special gift
And wrapped it carefully.
But please don't ever open it
Just leave the bow applied
And hold it tightly near your heart
Because my love for you's inside!
For even more poems to go
with Mother's Day gifts click here
Make a Something Special
calendar sheet . Then think
about things you could do to help Mom out this month, and write these
down on a list. Can't think of anything? Try these:
help keep the living room clean, hug Mom, set the table for dinner, tell
Mom 5 funny jokes, do my homework without being asked, take the dog for
a walk, no fighting with my sister/brother today, tell Mom I love her,
draw Mom a pretty picture, bring Mom her breakfast in bed, make my own
bed, clean my room. These are just suggestions of course!
You write up your own list. Then neatly copy each thing into a box
on the calendar.
Don't try to fill every box!
Only write things you will really be able to do. Try to do one big
thing each week, and some little things (like stuff you're supposed to
do anyway, but usually forget) on a few other days of the week. Now
color and decorate your calendar and glue it onto a nice piece of
construction paper backing. You're all done!
After you give your calendar to
Mom, don't forget to check it each day to help you remember if there was
Something Special you were going to do for her today.
Mother's Day Crafts
& Activities from Preschool Education
Printable Coloring &
Mother's Day Games
Play some fun Mother's Day games online.
Mother's Day Brunch Recipes
Fancy crepes, omelets, coffee cake and more.
Cooking for Kids
Mother's day is the traditional day for kids to
invade the kitchen! Check the E.K. kids cooking pages for fun and
easy recipes and meal ideas that kids can help make. Try our
Baked French Toast
, some fun
Biscuit Shapes, or a
Sweet Apple Kugel.
Make a delicious
or just whip up some
Fancy Egg Scrambles.
Lots of easy
ideas, plus great tips for doing food preparation with young children.
MORE COOKING WITH KIDS