Mother’s Day Cards

In our classroom this week we’ve been making the most adorable Mother’s Day Cards.

*If you’re a mum from our classroom please look away now Winking smile*

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They were so fun to make and a great opportunity for little fingers to practice tracing and cutting. These cards were quite tricky for five year olds to master, but we nailed it with two adults and twenty-one children without any hassles. I got this idea from Pinterest (is there any other way?!). It’s from a clever site in Bulgaria – thanks to Google for their translation!

The children were SO absorbed in this activity. They worked alongside each other, sharing all the crafty bits and pieces, chatting about their creations and celebrating in their finished work.

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There were a few slip ups along the way. Some children ended up with two separate hands instead of a card. But as we always say: “is it ok to make mistakes? YES!”. That’s how the best learning is done. If at first you don’t succeed, and all that…

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You will need:

1 piece of A5 card per child
writing pencil
scissors
glue
markers/textas
bits and bobs for decorating

How to do it:

1. fold the A5 card in half across the width

2. place your hand on the card with your thumb and index finger touching the folded edge

3. trace around your hand

4. cut out the hand shape, making sure you avoid cutting the thumb and index finger where they meet the folded edge (tricky!)

5. write your message on the front and inside of the card

6. decorate!

Preschoolers, toddlers and even babies could absolutely make these cute cards with one to one help, and older children could easily make them on their own. They’re not just for Mother’s Day either, you could use them for any occasion.

What are your plans for Mother’s Day?

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

It was Paul’s birthday recently and I thought it would be fun to try some messy art while making some cute wrapping paper at the same time. Here’s how it’s done.

You will need:

  • paint (we used tempura powder paint, but any washable/child friendly paint will do)
  • 1 plate per colour (we used tough melamine plates that are easy to wash)
  • 1 dish cloth per colour
  • 1 outdoor tap, or a bucket of water
  • large sheets of paper (we used recycled paper from an architect friend)
  • one or more enthusiastic children

How to:

~ dampen each cloth, fold into a square and place on the plate.

~ pour paint onto the cloth. You need just enough to turn the cloth into a stamp pad.

~ set up your paper, lead the children to the paint and stamp away!

~ when you’re done leave your wrapping to dry and hose off plates and children.

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Tips:

  • Use sticky tape to secure your paper to the ground before you start.
  • Have extra paint ready to top up the ‘stamp pads’ as needed.
  • For easy clean up keep this activity outdoors (you didn’t need me to write that, did you?).
  • Go straight from art to bath if the backyard hose isn’t working out for you.
  • Tempura powder paint does flake off a little with handling. If you want to avoid further mess try poster paint.
  • I highly recommend having a go yourself. There’s nothing quite like the feel of paint between your toes. Instant childhood, right there.

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

Or you could….

  • try this with any age child – or adult!
  • we stuck with footprints but you could try out all different parts of the body, or grab some leaves from the garden for leaf stamping.

What takes you back to your childhood?