I love Mother's Day! What a great time to show our moms that we love them! And what better way to show that love than with a Mother's Day gift that will be cherished. This Mother's Day craft is not your typical potted flower.
I really struggle to find the right projects on Mother’s Day. I think it is because I am a mom, and it means so much to me. I want to give my students’ moms something special--something they will treasure and that still has an impact 10 years from now when their kiddo is going off to college and is moving out.
Last year I watched almost all the students in my school parade out on the Friday before Mother’s Day. I would say a good 80% of them were carrying a planted flower in various types of containers. I am not dissing the plants and flowers. Okay. Okay. Maybe I am anti-flowers because their life span in my care seems to be about 2 weeks.
So what is a teacher to do? Pinterest search. Check. Teachers Pay Teachers. Check. Examine what I did in the past. Check. Blogs. Check. Ask teacher friends. Check. I am still not really inspired. What is left to do? Create a project that combines some of the best elements from the other hundreds of Mother’s Day gifts I viewed.
I brought my camera to school and took photographs of my students. I focused on close-ups of their faces. Any camera can do this and almost all phones will take great pictures. Here are a few tips to take a great picture.
1. If you are in the sunlight, use a flash. This will get rid of shadows. Find the shade if you can.
2. Get close. A picture becomes more personal the closer you are.
3. Take more pictures than you need. I delete more than I save.
4. Crop and resize pictures. Most sites will let you upload a picture and then crop them for free.
5. Try making the pictures black and white. Black and white pictures are timeless.
Here is a good list of tips from Kodak on taking excellent pictures.
I then chose 2 of the pictures of each student to print out. Cropped, turned black and white, and then sent off to my local photo shop. (I used Walgreens.)
At Hobby Lobby (any framing shop), I bought some matting board. They had about 20 12x12 boards in a package for less than $10. I then added white acrylic paint, double stick tape, and ribbon to my cart. Poster board would also work and can be bought is smaller pieces.
I painted each student’s hands with the paint and had them make a heart with their fingers. (See picture). Then we placed their handprints on the matting board upside down so the heart would be right side up.
I added the pictures and had the students write, “I love you!” the date and their names on the mat. Attach the ribbon... a project any mother will cherish!
Bonus Post! 5 Random Reasons that I love my mom!
Of course there are the usual reasons that I love my mom: she is loving, beautiful inside and out, and I wouldn't be who I am without her. But here are some random reasons that I love her.
She is also my biggest fan and follower! But most of all I love the way she loves me, my children, my sister, my nephews, and my dad.
I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for their Five for Friday. Check it out!