Mother’s Day is one of my favorite occasions to do a heartfelt craft or writing with my students- no matter their age! Being a mom myself, I know how much moms LOVE anything with handprints, footprints, little writing etc. Being an educator I also know Mother’s Day falls smack dab in the middle of a very busy season at school with testing, end of year craziness and more! Here are 3 easy to assemble Mother’s Day classroom keepsakes ideas for your students.
Handprint Flowers or Suns
If you are working with younger students, handprint art is always a hit! These work best in the pre-K through 2nd or 3rd grade classrooms. Moms still love seeing handprints even if they aren’t so little anymore!
You can have the kids draw green stems and leaves before you begin and them simply dip each hand in a different “flower” color, maybe their moms favorite colors. If you keep the fingers pushed together and touching the flower looks like a tulip and is so cute! 😊 Type up a cute saying like “I couldn’t pick a better mom!” and glue it to the back and have the student sign their name and write the year.
If you want to do the sun, have the students paint a yellow circle in the center then use their handprints around the edge as the rays. Of course printing out “You are my sunshine” is my go to phrase to glue on for this one! TIP: I always like to do anything with fingerpaint (or any paint really!) on cardstock so it soaks the paint in without ripping the paper! As an added touch for a keepsake, laminate the finished product when done so it will last forever!
Mother’s Day Writing
If you’ve ever gotten one of these, you probably laughed and cried while reading it! These simple “All About Mom” sheets always seem to be a hit. These are especially fun with younger students.
Mom Top 10
If you want a sweet writing activity for your older students, this “10 Things I Love about Mom” is perfect. Moms will love to read what their kiddos have to say about them.
A Letter to Mom
Letter writing doesn’t have to be a lost art. Give students the time and prompting to write a heartfelt note to their mom. Trust me, it will be a treasured keepsake for years to come! This is a great time to teach correct letter formatting as well.
Painted Flower Clay Pot
Flowers always seem like the go to for mother’s day and this craft is another easy but tried and true favorite! You can find small or mini clay flower points on Amazon in bulk for under $25. Here is a great option with 24 pots included for $24. I’m sure your local Michaels or other craft store would have some as well.
You can let students do the handprint flowers from above around the pot, or let them create a picture of their own just for mom. Thumb print polka dots in rainbow of colors turns out SO cute as well, especially for the little guys! For a finishing touch once the pot is dry have them sign their name on the bottom (and add a seed packet inside to plant with mom if you want too). These fit perfectly in the small clear treat bags tied closed with a pretty ribbon on top!
Do you have other ideas for easy Mother’s Day keepsakes for mom? I’d love to hear them! If not, I hope one of these will make its way to your classroom and brighten a mom’s day. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, aunts, grandmas, and moms-to-be out there!