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Happy Mother’s Day to all our marvellous mummies

Mar 04, 2016

Hopefully many of us will be waking up to breakfast in bed, receiving flowers, teddies and chocolates this Sunday. However, if you would like to receive something personalised then why don’t you and your children try some of our activities out and make something together for you to keep this Sunday.

 

At nursery we have a variety of activities that we do with the children for their mummies on mother’s day, they range from;

  • Salt dough love hearts
  • Hand and feet prints on cards/poems
  • Making spoon flowers

These are just a few gifts we make with the children, so we thought we would share how we do it, so maybe you can give it a go at home, ready for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.

 

Salt dough personalised love hearts –

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

Put all ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. (little hands are great helpers with this!) use a fork to mix it until it comes together in a ball. It should be a similar consistency to play dough. Add a little water if necessary.

  1. Now shape the dough, like a heart. We did one large shape so it would be like a plaque or stepping stone, but you can make smaller ones as well. Then, put the dough directly on the pan and parchment paper that you will use for baking.
  2. Next, get your little one to make their impression, hands or feet work well.
  3. Then use a thin handle of a fork to carve their names and the year. Now it’s time to bake! Bake at about 200F (or 100C) for 3 hours. Check to see if it’s dry, larger plaques may take a little longer.
  4. Take out your baked heart and let it cool. Once it’s fully cooled, you can paint it. Foam brushes are best for this part, and to get paint in all the letters, you have to dab them a bit.
  5. Let it dry completely, then display or wrap it up as a very special gift!

 

Spoon flowers

Materials that you will need:

  • Styrofoam cup
  • Paint
  • Tissue paper
  • Plastic spoon
  • Glue
  • Pom poms

Instructions:

  1. Start by cutting out flower petals from tissue paper.
  2. You will then need to get some glue and stick each petal on the spoon (5 in total). Put a drop of glue in the middle and stick on a white or coloured pom pom.
  3. Paint the spoon “stem” with green paint as well as the Styrofoam cups. On the top, use brown paint to make the “dirt.” Once the flowers are dry, stick them in the upside-down cup and you’re done! There is the perfect mother’s day gift for someone special.

 

Hand/feet prints on cards or poems

This activity is one of our favourites, it is so simple and easy to do with the children.

You will need to paint your child feet or hands and place their feet onto the poem or card, if you place their feet/hands in the right way you can make it look like heart, as you can see in the picture below. 

 

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