17 Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

17 Mother's Day Crafts for Kids

Do you celebrate Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day is coming up for us Aussie mums on the second Sunday in May. We don’t really have any Mother’s Day traditions for our little family yet. My first Mother’s Day my hubby woke up with a hangover, hopefully that won’t become a tradition! It’s not as bad as it sounds, he really doesn’t have hangovers very often at all. There must have been some special occasion the night before. Of course I don’t remember that bit!

Last year I walked the Mother’s Day Classic with my Mother in Law, Sister in Law, two nieces and our two kids. It was….. memorable. Baby Rocky needed to stop for feeds, Pebble needed to stop for a toilet break and long story short we came very, very, very last out of thousands of people. Even after taking a shortcut because we were SO slow that the organisers had removed the signs to say which way to walk! I swore then that I would not take my kids again the next year and it would feel strange not being with my kids on Mother’s Day, so no fun run for me this year. Perhaps I’ll do the City to Bay in September…

One thing that we always do leading up to the day is some Mother’s Day craft for Pebble’s two Nana’s and Grandma. It might be a card or a gift or both, but it’s something fun and Pebble is a huge fan of ‘making’. I’m looking forward to inviting Rocky to join us this year. We’ll see how that goes! I spotted some cute ideas in the Kids Co-Op last week and have put them together with some more of my favourite ideas. I also have a Mother’s Day Pinterest Board, you can go and get lots of ideas there too.

17 Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids

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17 Ways to Play, Create and Learn with Tempera Paint

 17 Ways to Play, Learn and Create with Tempera PaintI was looking through our photos over the weekend and came across these pics of Pebble have a great time in the summer sunshine, exploring with tempura paints. I had grabbed a few bits and pieces from our art cupboard and our kitchen, then Pebble spent a lovely afternoon scooping, sprinkling, squeezing and spraying.

It was lots of fun and made me want to look for more things to do with our tempera paint stash. I found sixteen more super fun ways to play, create and learn with this colourful powder. Read on to find out more about how Pebble played and more fun ideas.

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What we used:

  • tempera powder paints
  • kitchen sieve
  • spoons
  • spray bottle filled with water
  • paper
  • water tub

The way we played:

  • sprinkling paint over paper and it with spraying water
  • sprinkling paint into a water tub and mixing it
  • spraying water onto the slide and seeing it evaporate
  • floating paper in the water tub, sprinkling it with paint and spraying it with more water.

The stuff we learned:

  • squeezing (fine motor)
  • colour mixing
  • cause and effect
  • evaporation

16 MORE ways to play, create and learn with tempera paints:

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{Guest Post} Six Easy Art Activities for Kids

I’m away on holidays and have invited some of my blogging buddies to share their creativity Octavia and Vicky readers. Our guest today is Kate from Picklebums. Please make her feel welcome!

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I have four kids – twin girls aged almost 9, and two boys aged five and two. They all love doing arty activities. I usually love doing arty activities, except sometimes when the thought of setting up, supervising and packing up makes me want to crawl back into bed and never come out!

Luckily I have a long list of easy art activities. These are activities that don’t require much set up, or much cleaning up and once I get them started, my older kids can manage these activities pretty much on their own.

Here is a few of our favourite easy art activities…

Oil Pastels + Oil = Paint

Printable Shape Drawing Prompts

Keep It Simple Collage

Draw Big!

Say Yes to Painting – Water Paints

Cotton Bud Painting

Kate is an early childhood educator and mum of four, living on a small property in rural Victoria, Australia. Kate’s blog, Picklebums, covers topics such as; gentle parenting, gardening, activities for kids, a recipe here and the occasional free printable, as well as anything else that pops up in her crazy life!

Storing and Displaying Children’s Art

What on earth do you do with the 6194 pieces of art work that your child creates? And that’s just this week! As Pebble becomes a more enthusiastic artist each and every day, I find myself struggling with teetering piles of art work that I just can’t bear to part with. Drawings, paintings, collage, construction…. never ending piles. I have been meaning to research a solution, and have finally been pushed to breaking point. Something must be done!

Following some hard core research (otherwise known as Pinning) I am leaning towards a combination of a storage box for artwork and photos of art work (especially constructions, which are harder to store), and a hanging display. It has to be easy to maintain…. the ageing photos on my shelves are testament to how often I get around to changing things in frames. I also quite like the idea of keepsakes in the form of stitched art, or jewellery made from children’s art.

Here are some of the ideas that I liked best (click on the image to visit the original source).

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How do you do it? Hanging? Pinning? Boxing? Binning!?Help!