And as mothers know, a handmade gift is special and treasured. To this day, my own mother keeps many gifts that were made by my sister and me in her china cabinet, a symbol to all of her “priceless” treasures.
A nice gift is one that works as an extension to a practical life lesson. One such craft is a punched tin ornament. Tin punching is an activity that develops manual dexterity and children love to do it. For younger children (3-6), a pattern (such as a heart or flower outline) may be provided for the child. Older children may choose to create their own pattern.
Montessori Curriculum Idea: Mother's Day Tin Punch Ornament/Sun Catcher
What You Need:
- Small metal juice can lid (saved from either end of a frozen juice container)
- Hammer and nail Simple, small pattern (copies enough for each child)
- Small piece of wood (or tree stump)
- Pretty ribbon, cut into lengths
- Place the pattern chosen on top of the lid and secure with tape.
- Place lid on the wood (or stump) as the work area.
- Using the hammer and a nail, punch holes around the lines of the picture.
- Remove the paper and you have a tin punch ornament or sun catcher.
- Remember to punch a hole at the top of the ornament.
- Thread a piece of ribbon through the hole and secure with a knot.
Montessori Curriculum Idea: Mother's Day Herbal Pillows
What you need:
- Rice Herbs (Peppermint and chamomile are for relaxation and help with breathing and sleeping. Lavender and rose petals are soothing)
- Pretty cotton fabric, cut into 6” X 6” squares
- Matching thread
- Bowl for mixing
- Large spoon
- Small cup
- Mix your selected herbs and grains at a 2:1 ratio (e.g. 2 cups grains to 1 cup herbs.
- Stitch a bag using two squares of fabric with right sides together.
- Stitch three sides of the bag together.
- Turn bag so rights sides of fabric are on the outside.
- Fill the pillow with the herb/grain mixture, using a funnel.
- Stitch the bag closed, making sure that none of the herb mixture can spill out.
The greeting card business has made millions by creating poems about mothers. Even very young children will enjoy making their own card for mom. This card, with a tiny handprint, will be treasured for years to come.
Mother’s Day Handprint Card
What you need:
- Copies of the handprint poem (below)
- Small picture of the child Water based paints – finger paints or tempera paints
- Bowl to hold the paint
- Brush or sponge to apply paint to child’s hand
- Paper towels for clean up
- Print the poem (make extra copies).
- Apply the paint to the child's hand, then press their hand to the paper near the poem. This might take several attempts to get a good print, patience is the key.
- Clean that little hand, before you get hand printed, too! Personalize with the date and name (if it isn't already).
- Let dry, then glue on a photo, if desired.
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 some day
And all those tiny handprints
Will surely fade away
So here's a little handprint
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small
Put a date here
Love, put child's name here
Related NAMC Blogs:
- Celebrating Mother's Day with Montessori Activities
- Mother’s Day Activities in the Montessori Classroom
© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Monday, May 7, 2007.