SPOILER ALERT: if you are a mama from preschool and you have not opened your green tissue paper or white lunch bag present, stop reading (and check your child’s backpack…)!
but may you all know the joy children take in making something for someone special. this year they were “found items necklaces” (or “things to hang on a nail if the mom doesn’t wear necklaces” as one friend said) with 1 inch photos of each.
yes, my mom would want this.
oh, my mom loves this color.
my mom needs a lot of these.
my mom wants one of everything.
totally worth the mess.
we made these flowers on may day (though several kids said i should bring these supplies out to make their mamas flowers next week! but we will do a new project…hopefully as fancy as years past).
this is a very simple eye-hand coordination activity. pre cut flowers with holes punched in the middle fit perfectly on straws!
we also made may day baskets out of folders (folded in half, glued on the bottom half edges). the children cut on two lines to create the handle (which fits just so on a door knob).
writing and decorating was optional.
after snack time, the children usually head out into the classroom for work time or project time. not today! after snack the preschoolers went for book time (when they sit in our circle time corner and look at books together) while i hid the flowers.
my favorite hiding spot.
then we did some math to figure out how many flowers each could find…and they were off.
no pictures at the end, but trust me they were cute with their baskets of 5 flowers each. : )
in a top-secret corner of the room, we made mother’s day bead strands which could be worn as a choker-style necklace (quite literally due to shorter-than-i-planned wire), a wrap around bracelet, or a longer necklace if mama would add a bit of string.
there was a random assortment of beads, cut apart leis, straws, then someone brought over little paper cups to use…oh, they were sure fancy.
then with a little “MOM” writing and wrapping, top secret presents were taken home.
this was mother’s day 2007′s project.
we had non-mamas come in to help preschoolers by using hot glue guns (a pin back was added to the pre-cut foam flower shape). preschoolers placed items where they wanted them and the grownups glued them in place. with encouragement to add as much as they liked in “collage” fashion, mother’s day pins were created, wrapped, and taken home. pretty fancy!