Spoiling Mum & Grandma this Mother’s Day

This year, Mother's Day calls on Sunday, 12th May. Let's look at FIVE super cute craft ideas to spoil Mum and Grandma this Mother's Day!

Finger Print Tree

Instructions:

What you need:

  • 2 sheets of white paper
  • ink pads – reds and pinks (you can also use finger paints)
  • black marker
  • scissors
  • pencil (optional)

What to do:

  • First we need to make a heart stencil. The easiest way to go about it (in our honest opinion) is to fold a sheet of paper in half and draw a half-heart shape. You can easily cut the heart out then, just by cutting along the line.
  • Place the sheet of paper with the heart outline on top of a regular sheet of white paper. For younger kids you can secure it with some tape so it won’t move around while they get creative.
  • With a black marker, draw a tree within the heart shape.
  • Now it is time to get messy with your fingers. Dab your fingers (thumbs and fingertips to get different shapes) in the ink pads and “stamp” them all over the heart shape. Do this until you are happy with how thick the leaves on the tree are
  • Remove the sheet of paper with the heart outline.
  • Draw the rest of the tree trunk, if necessary.

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Handprint Art

Instructions:

What you need:

  • non toxic washable paints for younger kids or craft paints for older kids (selection of floral colors)
  • green paint
  • paint & paintbrush
  • white paper (2x)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • ribbon (optional)

What to do:

  • Pick your favourite colours. Have the kids either paint their hands by using a paintbrush or have them dip their palms in paint.
  • Let them press down their hands on white paper (pretty hard) and then, in one swift motion remove the hand to make the handprint.
  • Make one, two, three, four or more handprints in one or more colours.
  • Let the paint dry. Once dry, cut along the handprint.
  • Glue the handprint on a sheet of paper or canvas.
  • Draw flower stems with green paint (or marker)
  • Decorate with a bow and write your Mother’s day message.

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Thumbprint Necklace

Instructions:

What you need:

  • Oven Bake Clay (you can get this from places like Officeworks, Roni's, The Reject Shop, Spotlight, etc)
  • Small rolling pin (such as a play-dough rolling pin or even a glass)
  • Heart Cookie Cutter
  • Bobby Pin
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Necklace Chains or necklace twine
  • Jump rings

What to do:

  • Cut off a chunk of the oven bake clay block and roll it flat.
  • Have the child/children press their thumbprints into the clay in a V shape, press firmly, but not so hard that it goes through the clay
  • Use the heart shaped cookie cutter to cut around the fingerprint/s
  • Carefully peel away the excess clay around the cutter.  You want to keep the heart shape intact as much as possible.
  • Remove the cookie cutter and you are left with a perfect little thumbprint heart!
  • Use a bobby pin or paperclip to make a small hole for the jumper ring to pass through
  • Place on a baking tray and bake according to the package instructions for the brand you've purchased
  • Once cooled, use the paints to colour the pendant
  •  Once dried, attach a jump ring and then a chain or twine for the necklace

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Plastic Spoon Flowers

Instructions:

What you need:

  • 3 plastic spoons – I used purple for one flower and yellow spoons for another
  • floral tape
  • green pipe cleaner cut into thirds
  • yellow pipe cleaner cut into halves
  • 1 clear 9oz. cup
  • brown paper shavings
  • A warm glue gun and glue sticks or alternatively…Fabric or PVC Glue

What to do:

  • Face all 3 spoons inward, forming a triangle with the handles
  • Start wrapping the middle with floral tape and go all the way down
  • Wrap the spoons again, going all the way up to the end of the handle
  • Now insert your green pipe cleaner into some spaces on the tape
  • Insert the yellow pipe cleaner down the center of the spoons
  • Glue the spoon to the bottom of the cup and fill with brown paper
  • You are done!

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Earring Display

Instructions:

What you need:

  • a dozen clean paddle pop sticks
  • water based paints to stain wood
  • a brush
  • strong gel glue
  • hairspray

What to do:

  • Paint the ice sticks with the paint; the picture shows a gradient of purple by adding white to the colour with each change of stick
  • Allow to dry properly, and spray hairspray spray over each stick to secure the colour (optional).
  • Assemble with glue: Place two sticks vertically, about 5mm to 1cm from the edge of the first horizontal stick and secure with glue.
  • Depending on the size of the display you want to make, use 4, 5 or even 6 sticks horizontally underneath the first, with a gap of 2-3mm between each (see image for an idea). Observe the instructions of the glue you are using, especially regarding the complete drying time.
  • Form a triangle on each side of the "grid" with two other ice sticks. Hold the sticks firmly to ensure they stay stuck
  • Once completely dried, hang some earrings on it to see your finished product.

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At Angel's Paradise Early Childhood Learning Centres, we encourage creativity and showing appreciation to our loved ones