Mother's & Father's
Day Activity Theme
Day Footprint Poem
Jessica B. offers this project saying,
"This Father's Day project is sure to be a HUGE hit with parents.
The poem speaks volumes, and it is a fantastic framed keepsake!"
Materials: Washable paint, pre-printed poem
on card stock, newspaper and lots of
Description: This is an EASY project if you
set up before calling kids over. It
can definitely get tickly, giggly and MESSY!
Tape newspaper on the floor to
avoid big messes. It helps to be prepared
with wet washcloths, wipes or wet paper towels. Pour washable paint
into a paper plate. I call one child over at a time. Have them sit
in a chair and remove their socks and shoes. Next, we dip each foot into
the paint. I have them put their footprints on either side of the
card stock with the following poem pre-printed in the center:
Under the poem, I either print the child's name
and date in a colored marker that matches the footprints, or have them
print it if they are able.
Walk a little slower Daddy,
Said a child so small.
I'm following in your footsteps
And I don't want to fall.
Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they're hard to see,
So walk a little slower Daddy,
For you are leading me.
Someday when I'm all grown up,
You're what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who'll want to follow me.
I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true
So walk a little slower Daddy,
For I must follow you.
Comments: This is a poem that is a huge hit
with parents from both three and four year old classes every year I do
it. TRY IT, IT'S WORTH IT!
If kindergarten or older children need something
to put that Father's Day or Mother's Day gift in, try these bags from
A. Practice yourself first and be prepared to offer children
Materials: A variety of paper, glue, hole
Begin by folding the paper in about one quarter
of its length.
Run your thumbnail over the fold to mark
Turn the folded paper over and apply glue to
Glue the edges together to form a cylinder shape
and allow the glue to dry.
Flatten the cylinder shape with the joining
section in the middle. Make very good folds by using your nail again.
Fold each side over, meeting in the middle.
Press folds well.
Open the two folds and press them inwards.
It should look like the sides of a paper sack. Flatten this shape.
Fold the unglued side upward to form the base
of the bag. Glue it down.
Use a hole punch to make holes to thread
a ribbon through and make a handle. Open it and you have a great
gift bag. You can make these in a variety of sizes.
Holly S. shares this gift idea for
Father's Day that can also be used for Mothers Day.
Materials: Cookies, coffee cans or other
Description: Decorate the containers, by
either gluing on pasting shapes and spray painting. Or cover with a strip
of paper that the child has decorated. Fill with cookies that the children
Comments: Instead of baking cookies you can
prepare chocolate dipped pretzels.
Bev D. plans this art activity that
results in a gift to be given at the
end of the preschool year for Father's Day.
Materials: Cigar box, pictures, decoupage.
Description: First, I try to collect
throughout the year a cigar box
for each child. I ask for a
minimum of 10 pictures per child. Then I
cut them out (close crop) and make a collage
on the lid. I then
decoupage them on the lid. On the
inside lid I have taken a good close up
photo of either mom or dad and child.
I fit a paper to the bottom of
the box (they are all different) and have
the child write "I Love You"
and sign their name.
There is a lot of teacher work involved with
this, but it becomes a
family treasure. It is well worth
Comments: Go for it!
Day Gift: "Catch of the Day"
Linda G. says, " Dad's can use coupons
too!" When she contributes
this early childhood gift idea that children
young and old can enjoy
Blue Poster Paint
Paper Plates (One whole one & one cut
in half for each kid.)
Stapler and a lot of staples
Child Size Safety Scissors
Green Construction Paper
Fish Templates made out of cardboard. You
may want to make
4-6 of them so 4-6 kids can do the activity
at the same time.
Wall Paper or Construction Paper
One Hole Punch
1. Let the children paint the paper
plates to look like water in a
fish bowl using watered down blue paint.
You can use paint brushes,
2. When dry, place the half plate on
the bottom of the whole plate
and staple in place. (Takes about 5-6 staples
per plate). This makes
a pouch to hold the coupons in.
3. Then add sea weed (cut out of green
paper) 3 to 12 yr. olds can
cut this out and glue it to the paper plate
that was cut in half.
4. Have the youngsters trace the fish
shapes on paper of their choice.
You may want to set a limit of 3 - 8.
5. Have the children tell you what
they would like the coupons to say.
Their answers will be endless!! Write
down their ideas on each fish.
One free hug,
One free kiss,
One free helper for the day.
5. Put the fish in the paper plate
fish bowl with the tails facing up.
6. Punch two holes in the top of the
paper plate and tie one piece of
yarn to the holes to make a handle.
7. On the top of the paper plate bowl
write: Catch of the Day!
8. Each day Dad can catch a fish and
get a loving surprise!
Comments: Our Mom's wanted me to come up
with a gift like this for
them too! So, I used the idea of flowers
in a pot. I called it
"The Pick of the
Day Kickball Tournament
Have a Father's Day celebration with the
children and their dads with this idea from Kristin B.
Materials: Children, their dads, balls, juice,
snacks, paper cups, paper plates and napkins.
Description: Invite the children's dads for
a day of fun! Plan a kickball
tournament for the kids and dads.
After the morning (or afternoon) of fun, have everyone either go inside
for juice and snacks or set up a table and organize the mini picnic outside.
Comments: It may be difficult to get all
the dads to take a day off of work and we also experienced the role of
a single mom. This could be opened up to not just dads, but to families
as well. Either way it'll be a day of fun.
Marie D. suggest this gift idea and
poem that can be used for Mother's Day, Father's Day or Grandparent's Day.
Materials: Light weight tag board,
tissue paper, magnet roll, glitter and glue.
Description: The following poem can be used
for a quick gift idea whenever you
need something the next day. Cut your cardboard
into a heart, a circle or a square and ask the kids to color the cardboard
any color they like. Then glue the poem in the middle and ask
them to put tissue paper or craft sticks around the edge. Next, have them
put glue around the poem and sprinkle glitter on it. Everything dries overnight
and then you can put a magnetic strip on the back. Now they are ready to
go home. This is the poem I use:
You can end it "Happy Mother's Day", Happy Father's
I may not always do the things
I know I really should,
But when it come to loving you
I do that really good.
or Happy Grandparent's Day. Put the child's
name underneath the greeting.
and Mother's Day Shirt
Create a colorful keepsake gift and enhance
color recognition with this early childhood holiday activity by Laura
Materials: One white T-shirt, fabric paint,
paint brushes, wet cloths to clean hands.
Description: Younger children may need help
painting their hands or
they can use pie plates and dip their hands
in paint then onto their shirts. Older children can select one color
at a time and paint one hand at a time then place it on the shirt creating
a hand print. Children
repeat the process until a shirt is covered
with wonderful prints! Allow to dry for 48 hours. Children, with help from
teachers, can write their names and age on the shirt with the paint as
well as a message to mom or dad such as number 1 mom!
Comments: I did this for Mother's day this
year and the mothers were thrilled, they even wore them to work on Monday.
They loved the colors (blue, purple, green, yellow).
or Father's Day Card
Trisha D. and the youngsters in her
class create special cards during
this preschool learning activity .
Materials: 10 x 14 colored paper, white paper,
pencils, scissors, markers.
Description: Have your students trace their
hands about 4 times and
have them cut them out. Next, have
the students glue the hands onto a
piece of 10 x14 art paper folded in half
to create a card; folding the
thumb and pinkie down to form an iris
type flower. Inside the card
the child can write a message.
Comments: Sharing rhyming poems at this time
could also be an
introduction to the children. My children
enjoyed their new skill
of rhyming !
or Father's Day Gift
shares 3 art and craft ideas for both days.
Materials: Permanent magic markers and switch
plates, permanent markers and ceramic tiles.
Likes" or "My Father Likes"
For Mother's day we have the kids draw a very
pretty picture on a light switch plate. Mom can think of her little
one each time she turns the light off or on.
For Father's day we do the same thing with a
ceramic tile, and Dad uses it for his coffee mug, etc. Parents love
it, and the kids do all the work themselves. Nice keepsake.
For silhouettes: We draw them with an overhead
projector and then shrink them down to about a 5X8 size, which makes them
a lot more easy to display.
During this early childhood education activity
by Debbie pre-k,
kindergarten and older youngsters use thinking
and fine motor skills
while they learn about the letters of the
alphabet. Parents also
participate in this project.
Materials: Paper, yarn, magazines, scissors,
paste, and crayons.
Description: Put several sheets of paper
together into a book by
punching 2 holes and tying with yarn.
Draw or paste a picture of Dad
or Mom on the front with the title "My Mother
Likes" or "My Father
Likes". Hunt through magazines for
pictures that show what their Dad
(or Mom) enjoys (someone golfing, exercising,
watching tv, playing the
piano, a picture of a computer, favorite
foods, etc.). Put one picture on
each page along with the FIRST letter of
the word it depicts.
On Mother's Day or Father's Day have Dad
or Mom look at the
pictures with the child and fill in the
missing letters in each picture.
Comments: For younger children we just glue
pictures onto the page
without using the "first letter" concept.
For the 3-6 year olds we use
the 1st letter concept. From 6-12
years old the children write sentences
below the picture about that parent. Maybe
tell a brief story about
memories they have with that parent doing
that activity. The books
turn out real cute. I also date them so
it is a keepsake for the parents.
Day Picture Frames
Ava R. doesn't forget to help young
children create a present for their grandparents during this preschool
Materials: One piece
of 5 1/2" by 7" cardboard per child, one piece of 5 1/2" by 7" cardboard
(per child) with a 3" by 6 1/2" hole cut out the of middle, magnetic strips
with adhesive backs, 3 1/2" by 5" picture of each child, glue and various
objects to decorate frame (old puzzle pieces, glitter, sequins, colorful
noodles, colorful rice, tissue paper), butcher paper, markers and tape.
precut the picture frames for each child before the activity begins. Give
each child the piece of cardboard with the hole cut out of the center.
Allow child to decorate the frame with the objects provided by gluing onto
the frame. Set frame front aside to dry.
When the frame is dry,
align child's picture on the back of the frame and tape it on to secure
it. Have the child glue the picture and front of frame to the other piece
of cardboard. Set aside to dry.
When dry, give child
two pieces of magnetic tape to go across the top back
of the frame. And two pieces of magnetic tape to go across
sides of back of frame.
You can make wrapping
paper from butcher paper that the child has drawn on with markers.
Then help each child wrap their picture frame and add a bow for their grandparents.
Comments: This is also
a great idea for Mother's Day and Father's Day. You
could use this for
any gift giving occasion. The kids really enjoy making it and the
person getting it can treasure it forever.
Poem and Gift
Even toddlers can enjoy creating this gift
that Rosa P. suggests.
Materials: Any favorite paper and washable
Description: On a sheet of paper use the
child hands to get the hand
stamp. On the paper write or print this
Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls.
But every day I'm growing
I'll be grown up someday
And all those tiny hand prints
Will surely fade away.
So here's a final hand print
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.
This easy and simple art and craft idea
by Janis can be done by very young preschoolers.
Materials: Construction paper, bristol board,
crayons and glue.
Description: Have pieces of bristol board
already cut out (approx. the
length and width of a child's arm). Have
children trace their hands and
glue them on to the ends of the strip. Glue
a piece of paper in the middle
which says " I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH". Happy
Mother's Day. Include the date then "Love" and place the child's name.
Day Scented Soap
Help mothers relax on their special day
with this gift craft by Holly S.
Materials: Ivory Snow, essential oil and
Description: Mix Ivory Snow with a small
amount of water to form a moldable consistency. Add a drop or two of an
essential oil, lavender works well. Have the preschoolers work with the
mixture to form small shapes. Allow to harden for a few days and you have
Wrap in cellophane for a special gift.
Young children use fine motor skills to
create a picture frame for
their mothers during this early childhood
craft activity by Susan.
Materials: Different colors of construction
paper, popsicle sticks,
crepe paper of different colors, and a picture
of each child doing
something in daycare or preschool.
Description: Squares of different colors
of construction paper are
given to each child plus 4 sticks. The child
glues on the sticks around
the outside of the square paper. The crepe
paper is cut in little squares
for the child to glue around the sticks.
If the paper is scrunched up it
looks like flowers. The picture of the child
is then glued in the middle
of the paper. I also put a logo of the daycare
or preschool on the top.
I also put a magnet on the back so it could
be placed on a fridge.
The magnets come in strips with one sticky
side. The mothers really
Teach preschool children how flowers grow
with this early childhood
activity by Angela W. that can also
be used in your Spring Theme.
Materials: Marigold seeds, potting soil,
clay pots, paint (tempera)
and glaze sealer.
Description: We usually start this project
the first of April, this way
we can incorporate this into our Spring
Theme. We allow each child to
plant her or his own seeds into their own
pots. They keep a record on
our chart of how their flower
is doing. When they saw the first leaves
or today their plant has two buds etc. When
the plants are done growing
and close to Mother's Day we allow the children
to decorate their own
pots with tempera paint and when this dries
we protect them with a
glaze you will find in most Art Stores.
Dina T. offers this craft project
for Mother's Day which is also great for a
Materials: Buttons, laundry detergent scoops
(powdered detergent), potting soil,
and flower seeds. An alternative is florist
foam and silk flowers.
Description: On the underside of the laundry
detergent scoops, punch two holes
for drainage. Glue on 4 buttons, for the
"wheels" of the wagon, two on either side of the scoop. Fill the scoop
with potting soil and then plant the seeds. Allow 2-3 weeks for growth.
A quicker version would be to fill the "wagon"
with florist foam and fill with a few small silk flowers.