By Teachers, For Teachers
Mother’s Day is upon us, and while the majority of us are quarantined in our homes, we can still help our students celebrate the wonderful women in their lives. Here are a few fun and educational activities for students to honor their mothers, grandmothers, or other mother figures in their lives.
If you want to create a unique keepsake while giving moms a good laugh, then have your students fill out the all about my super mom worksheet. Students will fill in the blank for statements like, “My mom always says,” and “My mom looks the prettiest when...” As you know, kids say the darndest things, and this fun worksheet is sure to bring every mom a smile on her special day, while letting students practice vocabulary and writing skills.
If you do not live in a warm climate and cannot get to your local florist, having students create a bouquet of flowers out of recycled paper is your next best bet. Not only will moms love all the hard work their child put in, but these flowers are made of paper that is laying around the house; so it is also earth-friendly and teaches students how to be resourceful and think creatively. Not to mention, students will learn that you can upcycle trash to create a beautiful gift.
To begin this craft, all students have to do is collect paper scraps from their homes. This can be old newspapers, paper bags, magazines, cereal boxes — whatever they have. Then, print out a free flower template to either use as a pattern or to use as a template to glue their recycled paper on to. Next, instruct students to use a ruler to draw the stem. Once they have made a few flowers out of their recycled paper, they can glue them all onto a sheet of construction paper and give their moms their Mother’s Day bouquets.
Learning the history of Mother’s Day is an excellent way for students to develop a deeper understanding of the holiday they are celebrating with their loved ones. Encourage students to watch this video from the History channel about the history of Mother’s Day. Then, they can take the information they learned in the video and create a dramatic play for their mom or mother-like figure.
Create a cookbook for moms by having students each choose one of their favorite recipes. Students can email you a picture of their mom and themselves along with the recipe. Then, you can compile the shared photos and recipes into a downloadable cookbook where students who are quarantined at home can download for their moms as a gift for Mother’s Day.
Fun fact, did you know that Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914? Did you also know that Woodrow Wilson officially established Mother’s Day as the second Sunday in May? These are just a few fun facts about the history of Mother’s Day. While students are social distancing and learning from home, a great way for students to learn about Mother’s Day from the comfort of their computers is to practice their research skills. Once students have learned at least three fun facts about Mother’s Day, have students share them via zoom, on your classroom blog, or with their families.
Mother’s Day is observed not only on different days in other countries but also in a variety of unique and different ways. Students can research how other cultures celebrate this holiday and choose their favorite way to celebrate with their mom. For example, children in Japan give their living mother a red carnation and display a white carnation if their mother has died. In contrast, children in the United Kingdom bake their mother a fruitcake, while children in Mexico sing the traditional song “Las Mañanitas.”
Students in grades 1-5 can partake in a math percentage poem where they identify five things/qualities/characteristics that they think make up their mother and assign each of these things a percentage. They can also fill out a mom fraction worksheet where students identify four things that make up quarters of their mom. These worksheets that can given as gifts to moms on Mother’s Day can be downloaded for free on the Teacher Pay Teachers website.
These are just a few of the many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day and make it an educational experience for kids. Whether you choose a craft, math worksheet, fun facts about the history, or a traditional Mother’s Day activity, every mother will be grateful their child took the time to honor them in some way.
Janelle holds an M.S. in Education.