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Crafts & Activities
Songs, Finger plays,
Poems for Gift
Crafts & Activities
Tea for Tea-rific Moms!
Kids will enjoy surprising Moms on Mother's Day. To make a greeting
card, fold a sheet of construction paper in half. Label the front of the
card "You are my......". For the inside, cut a teacup shape out of
wallpaper scraps. Glue around the sides of the shape and attach to center
of inside card. Make sure there is a pocket for the tea bags to sit!
Above the cup write "cup of tea!"....and below the cup write "Happy Mother's
Day!" and have the kids sign their name! Tuck 2 tea bags into the
Mother's Day Magnet
wooden thread spools (from craft stores)
small dried flowers
yarn or ribbon
magnetic strip (with tape)
Stand spool on flat end...and cut in half from flat end to flat end.
Glue the flower stems in the groove left in the back of the spools.
Tie with yarn or ribbon. Attach a magnetic strip to the back of each
Bubble Bath Jar
baby food jar
other decorative items
Clean and dry baby food jar. Decorate outside of jar with lace,
paper, gift wrap, or items of your hcoice by glueing on jar. Decorate
lid as well. Fill jar with bath crystals. Put lid on tight
and tie with ribbon or lace.
Fold a lightweight paper plate in half; then unfold. Draw and
color a background scene inside the paper plate; then refold the plate.
Cut two identical slits (about 1") in the fold (in the center of the plate)
approximately 1/2 inch apart. Cut two more identical slits on either
side of the center one. When all tabs have been cut, open the plate
and fold the tabs to the inside. Attach a construction paper flower
or figure to each tab to complete the picture.
Variation: To turn this project into a Mother's
Day Card - Attach a piece of construction paper to the back of the paper
plate and decorate!
Mother's Day Flower
Mom's will cherish these flowers! To make them, glue a sheet
of white paper on to a larger sheet of construction paper. Paint
the child's palm a color chosen by the child and his fingers a different
color; then press their hand on to the paper. When paint is dry,
glue construction paper leaves and stem below the flower. The child
can then paste a heart into the center of the flower blossom. Glue a typed
or hand written copy of this poem below the flower. Print the child's
name and date on the paper (or have child do it). You may want to
add "Happy Mother's Day" at the top!
A piece of me,
I give to you.
I painted this flower
To say, "I Love You."
The heart is you,
The hand is me.
To show we are friends
The best there can be.
I hope you will save it
And look back some day
At the flower we shared
On your special day.
Poem by Kathleen Lademan
A Votive Candle Holder
Tear different colored tissue paper into pieces. Cover a baby
food far using a painrbrush with diluted glue (add a bit of water) and
attach the pieces of tissue paper to the jar. Sprinkle a few gold
or silver sparkles...add a ribbon around the top and place a small votive
candle in the jar. Hint: Make sure the candle will fit nicely
inside ~~ not all jars are the same shape!
Helping Hands Potted Plant
Pink, Purple or colors of your own choosing and Green construction
Styrofoam, or floral foam
Trace and cut around child's hands six times on colored paper.
From green construction paper cut 6 leaves. Print out a list of chores
ie. Helping Hand Setting The Table, Helping Hand Walking the Dog,
Helping Hand with the lawn...... Have the children select 6 of these and
glue them on the helping hands. Glue hands to straws, add leaves.
Place Styrofoam in flower pot and poke straw stems in.
jar lid; photograph of child; glue; magnets; ribbon
Place a jar lid (baby food jar lid works well) on the photograph you
wish to frame and trace aaround it. Cut out the photo and glue it
inside the lid. Tie a ribbon around the outside of the lid.
Glue a magnet onto the back of the lid and place it on the fridge.
bar of soap; photo or other picture; paint brush; small empty can;
glue; wax; hot water
Glue a photo or picture cut out of a magazine onto a bar of soap.
Melt wax in a small empty can in a pan of hot water. To waterproof
the pic, dip a paint brush in melted wax and paint over th epicture.
Your child can take a bath with his special soap, or save it to give as
Go on a walk with the children and pick some pretty spring flowers
and leaves. Make shavings of brightly colored crayons with a grater
or knife. Place a a piece of wax paper, wax side up, on top of several
layers of newspaper on your work surface. Arrange the flowers, leaves
and crayon shavings on top of the wax paper, then cover with another piece
of wax paper, wax side down. Place several layers of newspaper over
top and iron thoroughly until the crayons are melted. Hang to dry.
Cut finished craft to fit inside a frame!
Or make a smaller version, and glue to one half of a folded piece of
construction paper - it makes a unique and beautiful Mother's Day Card!
Songs, Finger Plays, Nursery Rhymes
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
She had so many children she didn't know what to do.
She gave them some broth and a big slice of bread
Kissed them all soundly and tucked them in bed.
Five Little Pigs (Finger Play)
Five little pigs went out to play.
The first little pig said,
"Let's go to the woods today."
The second little pig said,
"What will we do there?"
The third little pig said,
"We'll look for our mother."
The fourth little pig said,
"What will we do when we find her?"
"We'll hug her and kiss her and kiss her!"
Said the fifth little pig.
Two Mother Pigs
Two mother pigs lived in a pen, (two thumbs
Each had four babies and that made ten. (Wiggle
four fingers on each hand)
These four babies were black and white.
(Wiggle four fingers on one hand)
These four babies were black as night. (Wiggle
four fingers on the other hand)
All eight babies loved to play. (Wiggle
And the rolled and they rolled in the mud all
day. (Roll hands)
At night, with their mother,
They curled up in a heap, (Make fists, palms
And squealed and squealed
'Til they went to sleep. (Tuck thumbs
Ten Fluffy Chicks
Five eggs and five eggs
Hold up five fingers and five
That makes ten.
Wiggle ten fingers.
Sitting on top is the Mother Hen
Lock fingers together, knuckles
Crackle, crackle, crackle, what do I see?
Ten fluffy chickens as yellow as can be.
Hold up ten fingers.
Five Little Chicks
This one works very nicely
on the felt board.
Said the first little chick with a queer little
"I wish I could find a fat little worn."
Said the next little chick with an odd little
"I wish I could find a fat little slug."
Said the third little chick with a sharp little
"I wish I could find some nice yellow meal."
Said the fourth little chick with a sigh of grief,
"I wish I could find a little green leaf."
Said the fifth little chick with a faint little
"I wish I could find a wee gravel stone."
"Now, see here," said mother hen from the green
"If you want any breakfast, just come here and
Poems for Gift Giving
To go with anything:
A piece of me
I give to you
I __________ (painted a flower, made an ashtry, etc)
to say "I love you."
I hope you will save it
And look back someday
At the________we shared
On your special day.
To go with Bath Salts:
Here's a gift for Mother's Day
I'll try my best in every way.
But if you get upset with me,
Relax and soak! Don't you agree?
Here's a little gift to soak your cares away,
So you can have a happy, happy, happy, Mother's Day!
To go with a cup and or tea bag:
A cup of tea to say thank you
For all the things you've done
And wishes that the day will bring
You happiness and fun.
Happy Mother's Day.
I'll try my best in every way,
Then open up this gift from me,
Relax and have a cup of tea!
I'm not always just perfect,
Even though I try.
Sometimes when I'm not so great,
You give a little sigh!
On days like that I wish
I could give you cause to smile
And have you put your feet up,
To rest a little while.
So the next time you're tired,
And it's because of me,
Please sit down and relax a while,
And have a cup of tea!
Here's a gift for Mother's Day:
With this gift, Iím trying to say
Thanks for all you do for me,
Relax and have a cup of tea!
YOU DESERVE IT!
For a card:
and bumble bee
up in a tree
and lady bug
Loves to feel his mother's hug
so fat and funny
Loves his mother
more than honey
Just as woodland
Mother that's how
I LOVE YOU!
To go with stepping stones:
When you step upon this stone
Just think about how much I've grown.
I made this in my own special way
To show you my love on mother's day.
This is to remind you
When all the years go by
That i'll always love you
When times are low and high.
This stepping stone will survive
Through heat and snow and rain
Just like the love between us
It will never strain.
To go with a flower:
A mother's love
and tender care
I used my thumb and fingers too
To make this flower just for you.
It doesn't smell, it doesn't grow.
It's from me to let you know;
Love you Mom?
Love you not?
Love you, Mom!
Love you a lot!
Mother's Day Menu
Overnight Brunch Casserole*
Assorted Fruit with
Croissants & Assorted
Muffins (from bakeshop)
Mini Sausage Rolls
(from deli or frozen)
Apple Juice Orange Juice
Serves 8 - 10
Overnight Brunch Casserole
16 slices sandwich bread (square one)
8 slices deli ham
8 slices processed cheese
6 large eggs
3 cups milk
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
2 small green onions, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
Topping (for next morning)
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
2 cups crushed potato chips
Trim crusts from bread and put in 13X9 pan.
Place 8 bread slices on bottom of pan; layer ham and cheese slices; then
cover with remaining bread slices. Beat eggs, add milk, Worcestershire
sauce, dry mustard and salt. Stir in green pepper and onion.
Pour egg mixture over bread layers. Refrigerate overnight for flavors
In AM remove from fridge and drizzle with melted
butter. Sprinkle on crushed potato chips. Bake uncovered in
a 350o over for 45-55 minutes - until bubbly and completely heated through.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Raspberry Fruit Dip
250ml raspberry flavored yogurt
250ml of whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
Combine yogurt and whipped topping well.
Chill for at least one hour (or overnight). Makes 2 cups. Serve with
cut up fruit - strawberries, honeydew melon, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe,
orange sections, peaches, pears., pineapple, bananas, papayas, apples...
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup Strawberry Jam
1/2 Fresh strawberries, mashed
Beat butter until soft and fluffy. Add jam
and beat well. Mix in mashed strawberries.
1/2 cup softened butter or margarine
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tblsp. milk
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Beat until blended and fluffy.
Prize Coffee Cake
2/3 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour 2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
Combine all ingredients for topping. Grease
and flour an 8" square cake pan. Blend sugar and shortening together.
Stir in beaten egg. Mix salt, baking powder and flour together.
Add vanilla to milk and add to batter alternatively with dry ingredients.
Spread a little of better into prepared pan' sprinkle half of topping on
top. Cover with remaining batter and sprinkle with remaining topping.
Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes. Allow cake to sit at room temperature in
pan on cooling rack for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Spice 'n' Coffee Cake
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon mace
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. dry instant coffee
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Combine flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, mace,
nutmeg and instant coffee. Cut in butter until mixture is the size
of large peas. Beat egg, stir in sour cream and baking soda.
Pour all at once into dry ingredients, mixing just enough to dampen.
Spread into a greased and floured 9" square cake pan. Sprinkle top
with nuts. Bake at 350oF 40-45 minutes or until done. Serve warm
or cold. Cut in squares.
Apple Coffee Cake
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter
1 medium size apple
1 tblsp. lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
Prepare topping first. Wash and core apple
but do not peel. Slice apple very thin and sprinkle with lemon juice;
cover and set aside. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir
flour, baking powder and salt together. Cream butter; add sugar gradually,
beating well. Beat in eggs. Combine baking soda with sour cream
and add to batter alternately with dry ingredients, blending well.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 9" square cake pan. Sprinkle
with 1/3 of brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Place apple slices on top
and cover with remaining topping. Bake at 325oF 50-60 minutes.
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