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Mother’s Day Craft Ideas For Kids

Updated on March 10, 2014
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Getting Started

The best thing about Mother's Day is that moms love to receive homemade crafts from their kids. And kids love to make things for their moms. So everyone wins. It's one holiday where the handmade is even more precious than the store bought gift.

If you have kids who want to make crafts for their mom (but mom usually handles the crafting in the house), you may be stuck for ideas. What do kids make for their mom's Mother's Day gift?

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Age of Children

There are so many ideas that you need never worry that you're going to come up short for the big day. You can do everything based on the age of the children. Older children can do more intricate projects, while the younger kids may have a short attention span and only last for five minutes of crafting. So make the project appropriate to the age.

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Growing Gift: Plants vs. Seeds

Young kids love watching things grow. A great idea for mommy gifts are little counter top gardens. This can consist of small pots in a small wooden box. You can find all the supplies you need at a craft or garden store. The tiniest terra cotta pots are perfect for this craft.

Let the kids paint or draw with craft markers on the outsides of the pots and the wooden box. After everything is decorated, start filling the pots. Now, you can do this one of two ways. You can either buy small plants, like succulents or cacti that don't require much soil or water, or you can start plants from seed.

It's easiest to start with plants, as the gift will have a much lovelier feel, but children love to see that they had a hand in the growth of a plant. So you may want to use seeds for their sake. Either way mom will love it.

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Tricks for Planting Herbs

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Going With Seeds

If you're choosing seeds, go with small flowers or herbs. You don't want anything that's going to have to be transplanted right away. You want something that will come up in a short amount of time, look festive, and then be readily available for use in cooking.

Edible flowers are a kick for kids as they will giggle at being able to eat the flowers they grew. You can also freeze the edible flowers in ice cubes and add them to drinks for a festive feel.

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Post-Planting: Wrapping

When everything is planted, let kids sprinkle water on the pots. One big douse of water and the seeds may float away and not grow, so have them go easy with a spray bottle, not a watering can.

Then, the gift can be stored out of sight until it's time to be given to mom. Loosely wrap in brown paper or other wrapping paper. If you're going to be waiting a few days before giving it, wait to wrap it at the last minute.

Each Child Pots a Plant

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Additional Gift Items

Craft ideas that involve planting and live items are always fun for kids. You can also do a bunch of things with paint to add to your tiny flower pot gift.

Make mom a gardening apron. There are blank canvas aprons available at craft stores for just a few dollars. Let kids decorate with fabric paints. They can make their hand print and write their names Add in a garden tool that they personalize with mom's name and you're all set!

If you want to give something else small to accompany your plant, how about Mother's Day cookies? Make up a batch with heart sprinkles on top and have the kids decorate with royal icing or frosting.

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      JP Carlos 

      5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Awesome ideas. age- appropriate activities and materials are very important. i have a 1 year and 10 month old daughter and she can be very creative. We try to give as much activities so she can explore. When it is fun, they will not stop doing it.

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      Nicole S Hanson 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Very fun! I love that video on the herb planting tips. Those are new to me, I will have to try that this year. Oh and the kids will love this :)

    • jkvkdailey4 profile image

      jkvkdailey4 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Great ideas! My kids love to plant seeds and watch them sprout through the soil and grow!

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