Making Personal Mother’s Day Cards and Gifts
To make a special homemade card that really stands out, choose a beautiful cardstock instead of construction paper. Fold it in half, and help your child write a note inside. Ask your child questions to help think of the perfect message: “What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy?” “Why is Mommy the best Mommy in the world?” “What does Mommy do to make your day fun?” If mom has a good sense of humor, write a funny message: “Even though you make me eat yucky peas, you're the best Mommy in the world because you bake cookies with me.” If your child is too young to answer these questions, use them as a guide to write a message from her perspective.
To really surprise Mom, have your child decorate the front of the card using a new medium. Mom knows your young toddler is learning to use crayons, but she would be surprised and delighted to find out you helped him use finger paint to make a card for her! An older child can try painting a picture with watercolor paints. Break out the glitter or glitter pens. Stickers make great additions to homemade cards. You can peel stickers off the sheet and hand them to your young toddler to place on the card. Older children can incorporate 3-D stickers from the scrapbook department into their art. Think about gluing pom-poms, sequins, buttons, or even pictures to the front of the card. A young toddler can point to where he wants you to glue an item, or place an item on a dot of glue you put on the card. Even a young baby can help make a card for Mom – buy different color paints and make a rainbow of footprints or handprints!
You can also help your child make jewelry for Mother's Day. Mom will love it, even if she won't wear it outside of the house! Let your child pick beads from the kids' craft department, and help her string them on plastic craft lacing. Or string different types of dried pasta on yarn. If your child is old enough, she can paint or glitter the pasta before stringing it. Go a little crazy and make a necklace out of pasta and beads! If your child is old enough, she can braid or knot embroidery floss to make a friendship bracelet for Mom. You can also buy a picture locket charm, nice beads, and a chain at most craft stores to make a personalized necklace she will want to wear everywhere.
If this is her first Mother's Day, buy a handprint ornament kit, or clay that will dry hard, and cast your baby's handprint or footprint. Take your child to a pottery painting place, and decorate a mug, plate, or wall hanging for Mom. Decorate a pot or vase, and fill it with flowers of your child's choosing for an extra special gift.
Framed pictures also make great gifts for moms. You can find kits with small wood frames for children to decorate in the kids' craft department. You could also buy a larger, cheap frame and let your child decorate it with paint, glitter, stickers, pom-poms, or dried macaroni. If you've waited until the last minute, cut a frame out of paper or cardstock, let your child quickly decorate it, and tape a picture to the back. Mom won't even suspect that you almost forgot!