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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Bubble Prints

Bubble Prints {via Octavia and Vicky}Today was one of those relaxed, gorgeous days that you feel like doing not a lot of anything, but get bored doing nothing at all, so find yourself looking for something fun to fill the time. I had bubble printing on my to-do list for a while and today was the perfect day for it. The sun was shining, perhaps the last of our sunny days for a while as Autumn takes hold, and this creative play is best suited to outside, unless you like worrying about mess!

Bubble Prints

You will need:

  • 1 large jug
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup dish washing liquid
  • 3 bowls
  • 3 different food colourings
  • 3 straws
  • white paper
  • paper towel (optional)

To make bubble prints:

  1. Fill the jug with the water and dishwashing liquid and stir gently with one of the straws to combine.
  2. Pour a good squirt of food colouring into each bowl then top up with the soap mixture. Put a straw in each bowl.
  3. Invite children to blow bubbles into the soap mixture and watch as bubble grow in the bowl.
  4. Before the bubbles disappear gently press the paper on top of the bubbles and hold until the bubbles have popped (a couple of seconds).
  5. Lift the paper to reveal your bubble print! Keep making more prints to create your own art work, or just for the fun of it.

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Tips for successful bubble printing:

  • Gather all your bits and pieces and set up the activity before eager kids join in.
  • Use a safety pin or needle to poke a hole through each straw. This will help avoid children slurping the soap liquid up the straw and into their mouths.
  • Place paper towel under the bowls to help soak up any spills as they happen.
  • The more food colouring you add, the more intense your colours will be.
  • Wear old clothes! Food colouring stains.

Have you ever tried bubble printing? 

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DIY Sticky Doll House

DIY Sticky Doll House {via Octavia and Vicky}

DIY Sticky Doll House {via Octavia and Vicky}

The other day Pebble came up to me, as she often does, rattling off a verbal list of craft supplies for her latest project. I’m usually a ‘yes’ mama when it comes to craft, especially now that Pebble is four and super independent. Craft time usually means that I can get some housework done plan a lesson or two and maybe write a blog post. I pulled out all the craft materials that Pebble asked for, gave her a little help with cutting up shapes and peeling and sticking contact paper, and she made this super gorgeous doll house! Read on for instructions for your own DIY doll house.

DIY Doll House

You will need:

  • one large box (we used a nappy box)
  • scissors
  • clear or coloured contact paper (sticky backed paper)
  • sticky tape
  • white or coloured paper
  • collage materials (we cut shapes from coloured paper and foam, but you could use any collage materials)
  • optional: washi tape

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To set up: 

  • cut off the flaps from the top of the box, which will become the roof.
  • cover the sides of your box with white (or coloured) paper, to cover any patterns or labels on the box and help the collage to really stand out.
  • cut holes in the sides of the box for doors (and windows if you like).
  • cover the (open) roof and sides of the box with contact paper, making sure that the sticky side is facing out, ready for collage. Don’t worry about being too neat, as the contact paper will be covered with collage anyway.

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To create the collage:

  • place the collage materials and contact paper-covered house in easy reach of a toddler, preschooler or school age child and watch as they go to town, decorating their house!
  • Pebble had very specific ideas about wanting tiles and bricks on her house, but children could decorate their house in any way that they liked.

Optional extras: 

  • create washi tape carpets and rugs by sticking strips of washi tape on to paper parallel to each other. Trim with scissors to neaten up and stick in your play house with double sided tape. Washi tape can also be used as part of the collage on the outside of the house.
  • Children can make their own accessories and furniture (Pebble  made that star covered letterbox).
  • You could also create picture frames on the walls or stick pictures of family and friends and the walls for some doll house wall art :) Ok, I’ll stop now…. but the options are endless!

Time to play!

  • The fun isn’t over yet. Help children to choose their favourite dolls or figures to play in the house. They will come back to this play scene again and again.

DIY Cardboard Dolls House with Contact Paper Collage

Why use contact paper? 

  • Contact paper allows children the freedom to add and remove collage materials easily, taking away the fear of doing it “wrong” or making a mistake. It also allows them to more freely adapt their designs as they go.

Learning through play

While creating and playing with her house Pebble has been practising:

  • fine motor skills
  • dramatic play
  • identifying shapes
  • sorting objects by size
  • naming colours
  • estimating and comparing length
  • having fun!

Do you and your kids love using contact paper? I love using it for anything EXCEPT covering books. Now that’s a tricky job!

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Felted Pom Pom Necklace

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Way back when, before Christmas, we made these gorgeous felted pom pom necklaces as teacher gifts for Charlotte’s teachers. They were very simple and fun to make, and can be a great way to practice fine motor and patterning skills.

We bought all our supplies from AnnyMay, which sells eco-friendly, natural products (not sponsored). I couldn’t find an Australian seller at the time, but if you know of one, please let me know :)

Note: I’m not a proper ‘crafter’ or jewellery maker, I made this method up as we went along (as with most things!). Here’s how we made these necklaces.

DIY Felted Pom Pom Necklace

You will need:

  • felted pom poms (ours were 20mm and 10 mm)
  • wooden beads (ours were 10mm)
  • waxed cotton thread
  • a large needle (with an eye large enough for your thread)
  • pliers

To make:

  • Design your necklace. Pebble placed the felted and wooden balls on a piece of paper in the order that she wanted them to go onto the necklace. She spent a long time making sure that she got the colours just right for each person.
  • Cut the waxed cotton thread to your preferred length. As I said, I’m not a jewellery maker, so I decided to tie these off by running both ends of the cord through a wooden bead and securing it with a knot. This meant that we needed our necklaces to be long enough to slip over the head. Just measure against yourself to see how long you will need the thread.
  • Thread your necklace. This is where we hit a little hurdle. The needle was very tricky to push through the dense felt pom poms. I pushed the needle so that it was just through, then used the pliers to pull the needle and thread out to the other side. Unfortunately this meant that Pebble couldn’t help with this bit. Never mind, she busied herself making a wooden necklace instead :)
  • Tie off your necklace. Finish your necklace by threading both ends through a wooden bead and tying a knot . Cut off any long pieces of thread that might be sticking out of the knot, to neaten it up.

Charlotte’s teachers were very thankful for their custom made necklaces :)
Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}

Felted Pom Pom Necklace {via Octavia and Vicky}
Want more fun ideas for kids? Just download your copy of the Three to Five Playful Preschool ebook. Watch the 30 second video and buy your copy now or find out more.


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Looking for more home made gifts? Try these:

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Best of 2013: Create!

Octavia and Vicky Best of 2013 Create

 

Pebble LOVES ‘making’ and ‘art’ and we’ve had lots of fun with different projects this year. I hope you enjoy this little walk down memory lane with the best creative activities from Octavia and Vicky 2013.

Octavia and Vicky Best of 2013 Create

Pipe Cleaner Critters

Sticky Tape Resist Art

Bubble Wrap Printing

DIY Striped Frames

DIY Letter Puzzle

Making Medals

Potato People

DIY Board Game

Melted Crayon Decorations

Tissue Box Guitar

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