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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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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