Mother’s Day 2015

Well, Mother’s Day is coming up again soon! I try to make an effort to fit Mother’s Day crafts into all of our classes so that every mom or grand mom feels special. 🙂

I wrote a post last year with all the craft ideas I had found from the internet and Pinterest, and wanted to do the same again this year! I will update the post after Mother’s Day with any changes I made or how the crafts went. So here we go!

For our toddler class (2-3 year olds)

This class is the hardest for me to figure out, because depending on how many kids we have on a Sunday (and depending on if we have some of our more crazy challenging little ones) it can be hard to get a craft done. But I think we will try to accomplish this one. This Handprint Flower Pot craft was done with Kindergarteners by the original poster, so I obviously won’t be having the kids write things they love about their mom, but may have the teachers ask the kids and then write it, or simply write “I love you mom” on the flower pot. We have some large stamp pads and will probably do stamps instead of paint to cut down on some of the mess factor, and I will cut out flowers and pots ahead of time so all the kids have to do is glue and color.

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For our preschool class (4-5 year olds)

This class tends to have an easier time accomplishing a craft; there usually aren’t an overwhelming amount of kids and most preschoolers can focus on a craft better than most toddlers. I decided to go with a pretty classic Mother’s Day craft this year for these guys: Painted Flower Pots. These can be as elaborate or simple as the kids want to make them, and although they are somewhat messy they should be manageable.

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For our elementary school class (K-5th grade)

Ok so I haven’t tested this craft out yet, but I think it would be really cool! Last year’s Mother’s Day project in this class was Shrinky Dinks, so it required baking in an oven for a few minutes (we used a large toaster oven) and although it was a little hectic, worked fine. When I saw this Fingerprint Necklace/Keychain I thought it would be a really cool, personal, and special gift for moms. My thinking is that as the kids arrive, they will cut out a heart (or other shape if they prefer) and stamp their fingerprint into it. We will bake all of the pendants during the class time, and then before leaving the kids can write on them with Sharpies. The kids will have the option of making a necklace or keychain and can add beads if they want.

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Feel free to share your thoughts, use these ideas, or share other ideas you have for great Mother’s Day crafts to make in a classroom setting!

Hebrews

This Sunday, in our Hightide class with our 4th & 5th graders, we talked about the book of Hebrews. More specifically, we focused on the “Hall of Faith” section. Since we are wrapping up our brief walk through the Bible in this class, I thought these verses would be a good review on many of the stories we talked about a few months ago.

We read through several verses in Hebrews 11, picking out a few stories here and there to help them see what this chapter is about, then I wrote all the people from the chapter on the board, and had each student choose one. They then had to write who they were and what they did by faith, and draw a picture.

Here’s our Hall of Faith:

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10 Commandments

Our preschool class has been learning about Moses and the 10 Commandments the past few weeks, so my mom (who happens to teach that class) and I came up with a review craft for them this past Sunday.

The teachers helped trace the children’s hands onto a piece of paper.

Then, they cut out these images I made and glued one on each finger.

10 fingers… 10 commandments.

The visuals really helped the kids remember the commandments, even though they can’t read yet!

Feel free to use the file for your own classes.

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, so I’ve been working on coming up with some simple crafts to do in our classes here. I love the idea of handprint/footprint crafts and cards, but I am very hesitant about getting paint involved–I feel like it just extends the time of the craft by so much between set up and clean up. Then you get kids getting paint on their clothes and on the carpet… If it were a smaller group of kids, I like paint, but not for a big group!

Anyway. So here’s a few crafts/cards that I have found online that I will probably use this Sunday.

This questionnaire is really cute, and good for any age–you can ask younger kids the questions and write for them, and older kids can fill it in themselves. Would be cute for kids to do each year and see how their answers change. 🙂

This cute DAD card–you can order the craft kit, but it would be fairly easy to make yourself! Although I wish they made 11×17 heavier paper…

This popsicle stick frame–you could use various objects to glue on top to represent things dads typically are into. Have the kids write a note to dad to put inside.

This cute tie craft with a sweet poem–easy for young kids to to color and decorate with stickers. Found this template online for the tie.

And finally, here’s some printable Father’s Day cards. Free and cute!

 

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Mother’s Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day! I wanted to make sure all of our kids’ classes made a craft of some kind for their moms. One of the things I really wanted to do this year was find crafts that weren’t so… useless is the wrong word, I know moms love each and every single thing that their kids make for them, but you can only have so many drawings of flowers made out of a handprint, etc.

Anyway. So I scoured the internet and Pinterest to find some creative ideas for crafts that had a little more of a keepsake value (while still being simple enough to do in a fairly short amount of time in a large group setting). So here’s what I came up with!

For our toddler class (2-3 year olds): 

I found a simple coloring page online (Google image search), added “Happy Mother’s Day” in Photoshop, and the kids will color it in class. To make it more of a craft (but again, keeping it simple for this young age), the kids will paste bits of tissue paper on the flowers. I know this craft isn’t as “useful” as I stated earlier, but I figure for this age it’s ok. 🙂

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For our preschool class (4-5 year olds):

I love this craft that I found on pinterest for a Baby Food Jar Candle Holder. Fairly simple, but definitely a keepsake and cute decoration for the home! I might make some for myself at some point–different color schemes for different seasons, that sort of thing. All you need are empty baby food jars, colored tissue paper, glue, and maybe ribbon. You put watered-down glue (or Mod Podge) on the outside of the jar, lay small squares of the tissue paper on the glue, creating a stained glass look, then add some more glue on top of the paper to seal it in. Sponge brushes work great. Be gentle with the glue or it can tear the tissue paper. You can add an optional ribbon around the brim. Then put a votive candle inside!

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For our elementary class (K-5th grade):

I discovered Shrinky Dinks last week. And I can’t believe I never did them as a kid! I was always into craft kits and everything, and these are great. I bought some at Michaels: I got the blank sheets for some kids to create their own images as well as a kit for some of the younger kids or those who don’t want to draw on their own. I also plan to have some images available for kids to trace. All you need is colored pencils, Shrinky Dink material, and an oven. We have a fairly big toaster oven that we are going to bring over. It only takes about 2 minutes for each image to shrink! Once the kids have created their images, they will have the option of making a keychain, necklace, or magnet for their mom. To make a keychain or necklace, simply use a hole-punch on the image before baking. Keychains require a bigger hole than a standard hole punch. For the magnets, we’ll just hot-glue a magnet piece onto the back once it’s cool.

Here’s the sample ones my mother-in-law and I made last week. 🙂

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If you’re reading this, I hope it helped you come up with some ideas! Feel free to share your other ideas for simple and cute Mother’s Day crafts!

 

POST-MOTHER’S DAY UPDATE:

All the parents of our elementary school kids LOVED their Shrinky Dink gifts! I found these adorable gift bags for the kids to put them in. We had probably 25-30 kids each service, and using a fairly large toaster oven, that whole craft took about 20 minutes. It was a little hectic, but very fun.

The votive candles was a cute craft for the younger kids as well! It got pretty messy, so be warned, but ended in a cute result. I didn’t get enough baby food jars donated, so I just went to Walmart and got some simple, small, glass votive candle holders. They were 77¢ each. Michaels also carries a similar product for around 99¢.