Mothers Day Activities & Ideas

Use the Mothers Day activities and ideas on this page and help your students show gratitude and love to their moms.

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NOTE: Please remember that some students may not live with their mothers due to divorce, death, or other reasons. (I have had students whose mothers were in prison.) As you use these Mothers Day activities, be sensitive. Help students find a way to get any card or gift they make to their mothers. Or, if a student doesn’t really have a relationship with his/her mother, help him think of a grandmother, aunt, or other female figure who is loving and supportive that he can honor on Mothers Day.


Tissue Paper Flowers

When it comes to Mothers Day activities, you just can’t beat personal, handmade crafts. And when it comes to handmade crafts, these tissue paper flowers are some of the most simply beautiful and enjoyable to receive.

When I was a kid, I always loved making tissue paper flowers for mom, grandma, teachers, etc. I would even make them out of ordinary facial tissue, while I was sitting in church, using a piece of string to tie around the middle.

Click on the slide show below for step-by-step instructions. (You can click on the arrows in the bottom right-hand corner to enlarge the slide show.)


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Song: “When Mom Speaks”

I’m not sure where I picked up this song. I do know I have varied the lyrics a bit over the years. Feel free to do the same. I’m sure you can think of some more verses that will make this Mothers Day activity even more fun.

Ideas: Teach the song to your students, and then invite their moms into your classroom on Mothers Day to hear them sing it. (You could have a little reception for the moms [see further ideas below]). OR sing the song in front of the entire church on Mothers Day. OR just encourage students to go home and sing it to their moms as part of their personal family Mothers Day activities .

WHEN MOM SPEAKS
(To the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know it”)

When your mother says to clean up, say, “Yes, ma’am.” (Yes, ma’am!)
When your mother says to clean up, say, “Yes, ma’am.” (Yes, ma’am!)
When your mother tells you things, she shouldn’t have to say them twice.
When your mother says to clean up, say, “Yes, ma’am.” (Yes, ma’am!)

When your mother says, “Stop fighting,” say, “Yes, ma’am.” (Yes, ma’am!)
When your mother says, “Stop fighting,” say, “Yes, ma’am.” (Yes, ma’am!)
When your mother tells you things, she shouldn’t have to say them twice.
When your mother says, “Stop fighting,” say, “Yes, ma’am.” (Yes, ma’am!)

When your mother says it’s bedtime, say, “Yes, ma’am.” (Yes, ma’am!)
When your mother says it’s bedtime, say, “Yes, ma’am.” (Yes, ma’am!)
When your mother tells you things, she shouldn’t have to say them twice.
When your mother says it’s bedtime, say, “Yes, ma’am.” (Yes, ma’am!)

When your mother says, “I love you,” say, “Love you!” (Love you!)
When your mother says, “I love you,” say, “Love you!” (Love you!)
When you mother tells you things, she likes to hear you say things too.
When your mother says, “I love you,” say, “Love you! (Love you!)

Everyone yells: I LOVE YOU, MOM!


Mothers Day Reception

For this Mothers Day activity, have your class host a reception for their moms. This could be done before class time, during class time, or the week before or after Mothers Day (etc.), depending on your particular circumstances.

Activities & Ideas: Have students bring homemade cookies or cupcakes to serve their moms. Make a nice punch from lemon-lime soda with scoops of raspberry sherbet floating in a pretty glass bowl.

Have students serve their mothers the treats and give them any cards and/or gifts they have made them. You could also bring some fresh flowers (such as carnations) and let each student give one to his/her mom.

Use this Mothers Day activity to get to know the mothers of your students better and to let them know how much you appreciate them and their child(ren).

NOTE: Remember some mothers may not be able to attend the reception, so before you decide to do this, consider your students’ personal situations. Some students may want/need to invite a grandmother or guardian to join in this Mothers Day activity in place of their mother.


Handmade Mothers Day Cards

Bring some nice stationery or pretty blank cards and/or paper and the fronts of old greeting cards, along with glue, pens, colors, markers, stickers, etc., to class. Have students make cards for their moms. You could write some "Happy Mother's Day" phrases ("You're the best," "Thanks for all you do," "With love and appreciation," etc.) on the board to help students with wording and spelling.


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Heartfelt Notes and Poems

For this Mothers Day activity, encourage your students to share heartfelt sentiments with their mothers. You can make fill-in-the blank templates to help them think of things to say. Click on the following links to open PDF files of some templates I've made. You might try to make a poetry template also (one of my goals in the future.)

Mom, You're My Favorite (fill in the blanks)

Mom, I Love You More (fill in the blanks)

Mom, If I Could Give You Anything (fill in the blanks)


Song: “My Mom”

This is a song I wrote several years ago for a Mothers Day program. I do not formally write music, so I have put the lyrics with the chords I play into a PDF file below, as well as posted audio files so you can listen to the song.

Since the song mentions, "I'd like to introduce you to my mom...," a nice Mothers Day activity is to have the kids sing this to the Mothers Day congregation, going into the audience on the final chorus and getting their moms. They can bring them back to the front with them, and after the song is finished, teachers can present the moms with flowers or other tokens of appreciation.

MY MOM
1.
Some people call her Mrs.
My daddy calls her his wife.
She’s been part of our family for quite a few years.
I’ve known her all of my life

You can count on her if there’s something you need.
We all stand in awe of her purse.
She happens to be the world’s very best cook.
She’s also an excellent nurse.

CHORUS
My mom, she’s a very special lady.
My mom, sometimes I drive her crazy.
My mom, her laughter and her smile can make everything all right again.
My mom, her arms are always open.
My mom, her heart is always hopin’.
My mom, there’s no one else quite like her.
I’d like to introduce you to my mom, my mom.

2.
Her senses are truly amazing.
She has eyes in the back of her head.
She can spot bargains from miles away.
She knows if I’ve done what she said.

She works to make our home a good one.
There’s always so much to be done.
She teaches me by the example she lives.
My mom is second to none.

CHORUS

ENDING:
Thank you, God, for loving me.
Thank you, God, for giving me my mom, my mom.

Click here for a PDF file with these "My Mom" song lyrics with chords

Click on the following links to hear the song sung and played, separately. Please excuse the quality of the recordings. These were done by me with a small microphone attached to my laptop. Please also excuse my limited ability in singing and playing my needs-to-be-tuned piano. My only purpose in posting these recordings to help you use the "My Mom" song. Rest assured kids do a great job singing this song, and moms love to hear them sing.

Click here for a "My Mom" song voice recording (a capella).

Click here for a "MY Mom" song piano recording.


I hope these Mothers Day Activities and Ideas will be helpful to you. I plan to add more in the future. Feel free to share any feedback with me via the "Contact" button in the left-hand column.


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