When you are the mommy of a toddler you cannot expect them to truly appreciate you, you are after all the mommy who feeds them and cares for them, but as you appreciate your mother now that you are a grown woman with your own children, they will one day appreciate you too!
(And my opinion is that the hype around Mothers Day is truly a huge guilt trip to get people to spend more money!)
But it is important to teach our little ones to respect, obey and appreciate this, but it is a long term project, not something that can happen on just one day.
I have found with toddlers under 3 years of age that it is best to show them how by practicing on Grandma! So these Mothers Day Crafts are for that purpose...to show your mother how much you now love and appreciate her.
Wash and dry the T-shirts.
Pour some fabric paint into individual plastic containers. Press your toddlers hand into the paint and then onto the T-shirt. Its best to start with the lightest color. Wash hands and do the next color. Continue until the shirt has hand prints all over it.
Use a paintbrush to add the year on a sleeve.
Hang up to dry. When dry iron the T-shirts to fix the paint, then wash again. Wrap it up and add a pressed flower card telling Grandma how much you love and appreciate her. (see below for card instructions)
Handprints on ceramic plates
You will need:
Unglazed ceramic plates
Glazes in a few colors
A led pencil
Flat work surface covered in newspaper
Hold your toddler's hand gently in place on the plate and trace around their hand in a few places on the plate. If you have more than one child, let each have their hand traced once. Warn them before hand that it may tickle a little and that they must try very hard not to move.
Using your ceramic paints, color in the inside of the hands in different colours. Take it to a potters studio for them to dip in a clear glaze and then fire.
Pressed flower cards
You will need:
Contact plastic paper
Collect some of Grandmas favourite flowers and press them for a week between paper towel and some heavy books.
Fold your cardstock in half and draw a vase on the front. Allow your toddler to stick the flowers on the card above the vase. (You can also leave the vase out).
Cover the front of the card with contact and then allow your little one to tell you all the things they love about grandma, write them in the inside.
You can also add this mother's day poem to the centre:
Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning tears of love,
None so devotional as that of "Mother,"
Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,
You who are more than mother unto me.
~Edgar Allan Poe
Mothers day flower arrangement
You will need:
Old plastic bag
Line the basket with a piece of the plastic bag. Place the oasis on top. Allow your toddler to arrange the flowers as they wish and present it to granny on the day. This is such an easy mothers day craft that you could encourage your husband to do with your toddler, so that they can give you one too!
If you have older children, they may enjoy some of the crafts at Mom's Holiday Craft Ideas.com
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