Five Fun Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids

It’s a special day that celebrates the love and appreciation we have for our mothers and to recognise all that they do to help us learn, grow and develop.

Mother’s Day is also a great opportunity for kids to get creative and make something special for their mums. Arts and crafts items not only serve as a thoughtful gift but also provide a fun and educational activity for kids.  

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At Kenmore West Kindy our kindy kids engage and enjoy a variety of arts and craft activities everyday as part of their program goals and development, and each Mother’s Day they love to create a little special gift for mum.

So, to celebrate Mother’s Day and get the kids involved this year, we share five fun and special Mother’s Day arts and craft activities that kindergarten age kids can do:

1. Make a handprint flower bouquet

We know mothers love receiving flowers, so why not have your child create a bouquet of handprint flowers to give to their mum on Mother’s Day. Here’s how to do it:

What do you need?

  • Washable paint in various colours
  • Paintbrushes
  • White construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Ribbon or string

What are the instructions?

  1. Begin by choosing the colours of paint that your child wants to use. They can use as many or as few as they like.
  2. Using a paintbrush, apply the paint to the palm of your child’s hand. They can use a different colour for each handprint or mix colours together.
  3. Carefully press your child’s painted hand onto the white construction paper. Repeat this step until they have as many handprint flowers as they want.
  4. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  5. Once the handprint flowers are dry, use scissors to carefully cut around each handprint to create the flower shape.
  6. Take a green pipe cleaner and bend it in half. Twist the bottom to create a stem.
  7. Apply glue to the bottom of the handprint flower and attach it to the top of the pipe cleaner stem. Hold it in place until the glue dries.
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for each handprint flower.
  9. Once you and your child have made all of the handprint flowers, arrange them in a bouquet and tie them together with a ribbon or string.
  10. Optional: you can also add leaves to your bouquet by cutting them out of green construction paper and attaching them to the stems with glue.

This is a great activity for kids to create a unique and personalised bouquet of flowers to give to mum.

2. Create a custom handprint apron

Creating a handprint apron can be a fun and easy gift for young children to make for their mum this Mother’s Day. And, best of all, they can use it all year round.

What do you need?

  • Plain apron
  • Washable paint in various colours
  • Paintbrushes
  • Disposable plates or trays
  • Paper towels or wet wipes

What are the instructions?

  1. Begin by laying the plain apron on a flat surface, such as a table or the floor. You may want to place some newspaper or a plastic tablecloth underneath to protect the surface.
  2. Pour a small amount of each paint colour onto a disposable plate or tray.
  3. Show your young child how to dip their hand into the paint and then press it onto the apron to make a handprint. Repeat with different colours and handprints until the apron is covered to their liking.
  4. Use paper towels or wet wipes to clean your child’s hands in between handprints.
  5. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  6. Once the paint is dry, your child can give it to their mum on Mother’s Day.

An easy as pie activity and gift that your child can make for mum this Mother’s Day, and why not make a version for them so they can both wear while cooking in the kitchen together.

3. Capture memories with a picture frame 

Capturing memories is priceless and a picture frame made specially for mum is a wonderful arts and craft Mother’s Day gift idea. Plus it’s a simple and fun activity the kids will enjoy. Here’s how to do it:

What do you need?

  • Sticks (paddle pop or popsicle sticks)
  • Glue
  • Paints, markers or crayons
  • Decorative items (e.g., buttons, sequins, stickers, ribbon)
  • A small photo of the child with their mum

What are the instructions?

  1. Arrange the sticks in a square or rectangle shape to create a frame, with the smaller sticks placed on top of the larger ones.
  2. Glue the sticks together at the corners to secure the frame.
  3. Let the glue dry completely.
  4. Have your child paint the frame in their mum’s favourite colour, or with a colour that reminds them of their mum.
  5. Let the paint dry completely.
  6. Using markers or crayons, have your child decorate the frame with a special message or draw a picture for their mum.
  7. Encourage your child to get creative and add any other decorative items to the frame, such as buttons, sequins, or ribbon.
  8. Glue a small photo of the child with their mum onto the back of the frame.
  9. Once the glue is dry, your child can wrap the picture frame in wrapping paper or tissue paper and give it to their mum as a special Mother’s Day gift.

This simple craft project using sticks, paddle pop or popsicle sticks, allows young kids to create a personalised gift that their mum will cherish for years to come.

4. Make a jewellery necklace

Mums loves jewellery, especially when it’s made just for them. So, a special arts and craft Mother’s Day gift idea that kids can easily make is the classic pasta necklace. And, here’s how to do it:

What do you need?

  • Uncooked pasta eg. macaroni, rigatoni or penne pasta
  • Paints or markers
  • String or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Optional: beads, glitter, stickers, or other decorative items

What are the instructions?

  1. Start by painting or colouring the uncooked pasta. Your child can paint them in any colour they like or even use markers to draw designs on them. Allow the pasta to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
  2. Cut a length of string or yarn that is long enough to fit around their mum’s neck. Remember to make it long enough to tie at the back.
  3. Thread the painted pasta onto the string or yarn, alternating colours and shapes to create a pattern. Why not add beads or other decorative items if your child wishes.
  4. When you’re all happy with the design, tie the two ends of the string or yarn together to form a necklace. Make sure to tie it securely so that it won’t come undone.
  5. If there is any excess string or yarn, cut it off with scissors.
  6. Finally it’s ready for your child to present this handmade pasta necklace to their mum with a smile and a heartfelt message of love!

This easy and fun craft activity is perfect for young kids to make for their mum on Mother’s Day. It’s a great way to exercise their creativity and to make a special gift that their mum will treasure. 

5. Homemade fingerprint heart card

The best and simplest way to show a child’s love and appreciation on Mother’s Day is for them to make a card from scratch. Nothing is more special than a homemade Mother’s Day card, so here’s how to create a fingerprint heart card for mum.

What do you need?

  • Coloured construction paper or cardstock
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Crayons or washable markers

What are the instructions?

  1. Fold a piece of construction paper or cardstock in half to create a card.
  2. Encourage your young child to use the crayons or markers to draw or scribble on the front of the card. It doesn’t have to be a specific design – the goal is to let your child’s creativity shine.
  3. Help your young child to use safety scissors to cut out shapes from different colours of paper. You could make a flower, heart, or any other simple shape.
  4. Use the glue stick to help your child attach the shapes to the front of the card.
  5. Encourage your child to add more drawings or scribbles with the crayons or markers, if desired.
  6. Write a message on the front of the card, such as “Happy Mother’s Day!” or your child’s name.
  7. Open up the card and write a message inside to your mum, such as “I love you, Mummy!”

There you have it! Five simple, fun and creative arts and craft gift ideas that kindergarten aged kids can make this Mother’s Day, which will make their mum smile brightly.

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