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Mother’s Day Craft for Kids

Mother's Day Craft Can Gift

Many of the children in my classroom have mothers who are very crafty; they love to scrapbook and paint. So this year I decided to have my students make decorative craft cans for Mother’s Day.

In preparation, I covered the cans with different colors of foam. I learned the best way to be sure the foam adhered properly was to use a glue gun. I provided each child with a can, some Tacky Glue and Q-tips (to apply the glue), and a variety of decorative materials. I then sat back and watched some beautiful cans emerge. My students are all very excited about presenting their gifts at our Mother’s Day Tea.

Mother's Day Gift for Kids


– Soup cans
– Craft foam sheets
– Scissors
– Glue gun
– Buttons
– Acrylic Jewels
– Foam self adhesive stickers
– Stickers
– Tacky Glue


Mother’s Day Gift Bag Craft

Mother's Day Gift Bag Craft

I always like the children to make their own wrapping for their Mother’s Day gifts. I have found that paper bags, when decorated, make the perfect gift wrap.

The flowers on our bags are paper cupcake liners that have been pressed onto colorful blobs of paint. We spread the paint by smoothing it over with our hands. Brass fasteners were used to attach the flowers (some children will need help with this step). We then pasted some stems and leaves on, and added bright pom poms, in the center, to complete our flowers. As a final step, we punched holes in the bags and tied them with a colorful yarn. The completed bag is the perfect compliment to any Mother’s Day Gift.


– White paper bags
– White cupcake liners
– A variety of paints
– Brass fasteners (brads)
– Pom poms
– Our leaf and stem template
– Construction paper
– Yarn
– Hole punch
– Glue
– Scissors


Garden Sensory Bin

Spring has definitely sprung in our classroom. The seeds, the children planted, have started to sprout. The butterflies have emerged from their chrysalises, and the children’s colorful kites are hanging from the ceiling. To go along with all of this, I set up a garden sensory bin, that needless to say, has been a popular spot in the room this week.

As a base I used colored rice. I then added a shovel, a rake, a sifter, a pair of large tweezers, and some garden fruits and vegetables. Large plastic carrots, left over from Easter, made the perfect receptacles for all the goodies. The children all had a great time using their imaginations and motor skills while “gardening”.


– Rice
– Brown and black liquid watercolors (refer to our (post on how to color rice))
– Rakes and shovels
– A sifter
– Large plastic tweezers
– Plastic strawberries and carrots
– Large plastic carrot containers