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Here’s a fun collection of Mother’s Day activity ideas (which may be adapted for Father’s Day)
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Title – Mother’s Day Activities
By – Gail Lennon
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects –
Grade Level -1-5
1. Mother’s Day Poem
Have students use the letters of MOTHER to create an acrostic. These poems can be illustrated and framed or placed inside a special hand-crafted Mother’s Day card!
Here is an example:
“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell
A word that means the world to me.
2. Breakfast in Bed Menu:
Have students plan a breakfast menu for mom for Mother’s Day. Have them make a list of things they need to buy to make their mom’s breakfast and create a breakfast scroll to go on her breakfast tray.
3. Vouchers for Activities:
Sometimes the nicest gifts are gifts of time and caring. Have students each prepare a booklet of twelve vouchers for “free” labor for mom. She may use them any time she needs them. Here are some examples from a sixth grade class.
Walk the dog voucher
Baby-sit my little brother voucher
Feed the goldfish voucher
Take out the garbage voucher
Do the dishes voucher
Set the table voucher
Make dinner voucher
Vacuum the house voucher
“You name the task” voucher
4. Mother’s Day Resolutions
Have students create Mother’s Day Resolutions for the members of their family. Here are some examples from a junior grade class.
I hereby resolve to make my own bed; pick up my clothes; and take out the trash the first time Mom asks.
Dad hereby resolves to compliment Mom on every meal she cooks, and will regularly release her from kitchen duty by preparing a Mother’s Day dinner for the family.
I hereby resolve to take back to the kitchen all the knives, forks, spoons, plates cups and mugs I have somehow accumulated under my bed, in the car and in my tree house.
I hereby resolve to conquer the monsters who have taken over our backyard. I will pull those weeds, prune those bushes and cut that grass before it grows over the house!
I hereby resolve to walk around Mom’s flowerbeds instead of through them. And I’ll never, ever kick the tops off the rose bushes again.
I hereby resolve to help Dad paint the trim over the garage.
I hereby resolve to remove the French Fries Tots from the box before sticking them into the oven, thereby reducing stress for Mom. I will also stop drinking juice from the carton and I will not put empty milk cartons back into the fridge.
5. A Card for Mother
At this center, locate a variety of craft supplies. Have the students design their own Mother’s Day cards using this material.
6. A Portrait of the Family:
Locate family paintings at this center. Have the children each paint a picture of their family. Have them write a brief description of the members of their family. If they wish to include grandparents or exclude absentee parents, do not discourage them. This is their vision of their family. Praise individual differences.
7. Mother’s Day Coffee Cup:
Purchase china markers and plain coffee mugs. Have the children design in crayon a band which is the same height and circumference as their coffee mug. When they are satisfied with their design, have them copy it onto the coffee mug using china base markers. These designs, when dried, are dishwasher safe! For younger students, you can purchase mugs which allow the student to fit his finished crayon design into the cup and snap the upper rim in place. This avoids the use of permanent markers! The cups are more expensive and not as durable.
8. Mother’s Day Wrapping Paper:
Have the students cut a design into a potato half. Then have them dip the potato print block into liquid tempera or a stamp pad and stamp the design onto craft paper or tissue paper or newsprint. Have them use the completed wrapping paper to wrap their Mother’s Day gift. The same technique may be used on long sheets of white mural paper to make table cloths for Mother’s Day dinner.
9. The Cat’s Meow!:
Have the students use a modeling base of equal parts of plaster of Paris and sawdust poured into a one liter milk carton. Let dry overnight and remove the carton. Have them sculpt the block into a cat or other shape for a Mother’s Day sculpture. The completed sculptures may be sprayed with clear shellac, painted and sprayed, spray painted or antiqued with brown shoe polish.
10. The Big Book of Mothers:
Have the class create a Big Book by each painting a picture to go with a caption starting “Mothers are…” In order to avoid repetition, you may wish to start this activity during the whole group session and have each child select which caption he/she is going to illustrate. Place the Big Book in the school or classroom library and allow each child to take it home for sharing.
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