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4 Cute and Easy Mother's Day Crafts for Young Kids

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I'm a mom to four beautiful children, so I get showered with lovely handmade Mother's Day gifts every year.

These four crafts are perfect for younger children to do with a parent or teacher.

These four crafts are perfect for younger children to do with a parent or teacher.

Some of my favorite gifts of all time are simple crafts that my kids made for me for Mother's Day. In fact, Mother's Day is a perfect time to help your children (or someone else's children, if you're a teacher or daycare professional rather than a parent) create sentimental keepsakes that will be cherished for years.

Below are some easy Mother's Day projects that are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. Each is pretty quick to make, so feel free to try all four! These activities are fairly easy to create and clean up after, but you may want to assist your child or student with certain parts depending on their age.

If your child or student plans to give one of these crafts as a gift, I suggest making a handmade card to go along with it. Kids love to draw pictures, and making a card can add to the fun. Children can handwrite their own cards or dictate them to a parent or teacher if they can't yet write.

Get started by exploring the supply checklist below, then dive into one, two, or all four of the projects featured in this article!

Craft-Supply Checklist

This checklist includes everything you need to complete all four of these kid-friendly projects.

Construction paper

Glue

Paper towels

Crayons

Scissors

Popsicle sticks

Small beads

Glitter

Colored pencils

Toilet paper rolls

Photos

Washable paint

These traced-hand photo displays can be "planted" in small pots of dirt or marbles to resemble flowers.

These traced-hand photo displays can be "planted" in small pots of dirt or marbles to resemble flowers.

1. Traced-Hand Photo Display

  1. Let the child pick out a piece of colored construction paper.
  2. Trace the outline of the child's hand (or have them do it if they are able).
  3. Have the child cut their traced hand out with scissors (or do it for them).
  4. Glue a picture of the child to the middle of the palm of the hand.
  5. Glue a popsicle stick to the back of the paper hand.

Display Options

If multiple children are participating, you can glue the finished crafts onto a piece of paper or small poster board. Other options include "planting" them in a small flower pot or attaching a magnet to each one so they can be used to pin pictures or schoolwork to the refrigerator.

Similar Projects and Alternatives

  • Cut out a flower shape from construction paper and place the photo in the middle.
  • Cut a flower shape out of a paper plate, then cut pieces of construction paper in the shape of petals and glue them onto the paper plate. In the center of the paper plate, glue a larger picture of the child.
Popsicle-stick picture frames are super easy to make and totally customizable.

Popsicle-stick picture frames are super easy to make and totally customizable.

2. Popsicle-Stick Picture Frame

  1. This pretty frame can be made in minutes. Simply take four popsicle sticks and glue them in a square to create a frame
  2. Put glue on the frame and have the child sprinkle small beads and/or glitter all over it.
  3. Once it's dry, shake off the extra beads and glitter.
  4. Next, decide what you want to put in the frame. You can glue a picture to the back or have the child draw a picture to glue on. Another idea is to print out a short Mother's Day poem and attach it to the frame. Of course, kids can always write their own poems instead to give the project an extra-special touch.
  5. If you'd like, attach a piece of colorful yarn with glue on the back so the frame can be hung up.
Construction paper hearts are easy to create and make wonderful keepsakes.

Construction paper hearts are easy to create and make wonderful keepsakes.

3. Construction Paper Hearts With Handprints

Handprint crafts are particularly popular with both kids and moms. Kids love that they get to paint their hands, and moms love to cherish them as special keepsakes as their children grow up. This one is especially nice, as it includes a picture.

  1. Start by cutting out a heart from a piece of colored construction paper.
  2. Let the child choose a paint color and paint their hand.
  3. Have the child place their hand on the paper to make a handprint. Be sure to use washable paint so it can be rinsed off easily.
  4. Set the heart aside for a bit to let the paint dry.
  5. Once dry, glue a picture in the middle.
  6. Lastly, let the child add any additional decorations they might want to include. In the example above, you'll notice some yellow and green hearts made from construction paper. Additional ideas include glitter, stickers, or stamp designs.

Similar Projects and Alternatives

  • Make a Mother's Day cup by adding handprints to a white mug.
  • Use the picture frame idea from the craft above to frame your toddler's handprint (if it is small enough).
  • Create a card using a handprint as the cover.
  • If Mom carries a tote bag, you can pick up an inexpensive one and decorate it with handprints using fabric paint (this can also make for a nice gift for a teacher).
  • Create a mobile using different colored handprints.
These toilet-paper roll flower displays are a little more complicated, but they turn out absolutely adorable once they're finished.

These toilet-paper roll flower displays are a little more complicated, but they turn out absolutely adorable once they're finished.

4. Toilet-Paper Roll Flower Vase

  1. Start by grabbing an empty toilet roll and cutting out a piece of construction paper to wrap around it.
  2. Glue the ends of the construction paper together.
  3. Cut out a small heart and glue it on.
  4. While the glue is drying, the flower can be made. Cut out a circle for the middle, then cut out flower petals.
  5. Glue the petals onto the back of the circle.
  6. When dry, attach a popsicle stick to the flower and let it dry.
  7. Meanwhile, with a crayon, have the child write "Mom" on the paper-wrapped toilet paper roll.
  8. Once the glue attaching the stick to the flower is dry, glue the flower's stem (the other end of the popsicle stick) into the roll.
Crafting is a great way to spend Mother's Day.

Crafting is a great way to spend Mother's Day.

Finishing Up

Be sure you have something to wrap the crafts with. One suggestion is to let kids decorate a paper bag then put their projects inside. Be sure to write who the gifts are from on the bag, as in some homes, there may be more than one child. Tie up the top of the bag with some pretty ribbon or yarn so Mom can't peek!

Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day crafts can be cherished forever. I've kept every one my kids ever made. They always make me smile. Although the crafts here are geared toward younger kids, older children might enjoy making them as well, especially the frame. You can also modify some of these crafts for older children by making them more complicated or decorative.

© 2014 Janis

Comments

Janis (author) from California on May 20, 2014:

Au fait I didn't even know there was a spam folder. I'll have to find it and check it.

Janis (author) from California on May 20, 2014:

DDE, Happy you like them.

Janis (author) from California on May 20, 2014:

Vicky, that is so sweet the way you are planning ahead for her.

Janis (author) from California on May 20, 2014:

Suzanne,

Thank you for voting this useful. I appreciate it.

Janis (author) from California on May 20, 2014:

AliciaC You're right. They are fun to make.

Janis (author) from California on May 20, 2014:

Deborah-Diane You must miss it.

Janis (author) from California on May 20, 2014:

Genna,

I hope you and your granddaughter have fun with them.

Janis (author) from California on May 20, 2014:

FlourishAnyway,

I know how you feel. I adore things my kids have made.

Janis (author) from California on May 20, 2014:

CraftytotheCore, I always saved my kids' craft projects, too. There's something so special about them.

Janis (author) from California on May 20, 2014:

BNadyn,

I hope the photo frame turned out nicely.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 26, 2014:

Looks like some very fun crafts here that every mom will cherish. Only 2 weeks 'til Mother's Day!

Wanted to let you know that I only recently found your comment on my marriage article. For some reason HP put it in Spam. They do that every once in a while and I have no idea why, but I always feel badly because I don't know they're there. I guess I need to check that folder regularly. Anyway, I have found it now and very much appreciate it.

Nuien Wainwright-Harrower from Malaysia on April 11, 2014:

My baby girl is only 4 and a half month old but this is a great idea for when she is a toddler soon. I'm already collecting all kind of interesting crafting ideas for us so this is going to be one of my bookmarks list. Thanks for the idea.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 09, 2014:

Mother's day again and I really got to make something nice. Your ideas are so creative and well put together.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on April 08, 2014:

Some interesting ideas here! My kids would love to make the toilet roll bouquet and also the beaded picture frame. I know they'd love to make presents for me in general, but we don't have a lot of time, so some of these crafts will do nicely. Thank you for sharing and voted useful!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 08, 2014:

These are lovely crafts for young children, WriterJanis. I expect that lots of children would like to create the gifts that you describe. Making them should be fun!

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on April 08, 2014:

I used to make crafts all the time when my kids were little, but it has been years!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 08, 2014:

I love these ideas. I bookmark them for ideas of fun projects I can do with my granddaughter. Thank you!

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 08, 2014:

These are cute. Some of the fondest memories of my child involved her artwork.

CraftytotheCore on April 08, 2014:

These are all such great and cute ideas. I save all of the school projects my children make me for mother's day. It's interesting to see how they get harder year after year. Last year my son made heart-shaped pottery that he painted himself.

Bernadyn from Jacksonville, Florida on April 08, 2014:

My kids have been collecting popsicle sticks and have not used them yet so I think I'm going to have them make that photo frame. We have lots of collected toilet paper rolls, too! Crafting is such a fun past time and can make sentimental gifts. Such cute ideas here. :)

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