There’s no doubt that mothers and other caregivers are important figures in our lives. They teach us, guide us, influence us, and cheer us on. Note that not all of us have mothers in the traditional sense and may turn to other family members or loved ones for advice, support, or encouragement. So, this Mother’s Day, let us celebrate not only the women who gave birth to us but also the amazing role models who have enriched our lives.
Fun Mother's Day Classroom Activities for Primary and Middle School Students
For all the teachers out there seeking fun school Mother's Day celebration ideas and activities for your students, look no further!
1. Making Cards
Cards allow students to express gratitude and appreciation for the women or caregivers in their lives. It’s also an opportunity for students to get creative! You will need:
- Construction paper (various colors)
- Crayons, colored pencils, and/or markers
- Stickers, glitter, and anything else you can think of to make the cards colorful and fun!
While the specific writing requirement attached to this activity will vary depending on the age group, one idea is for middle schoolers to write one to two properly structured paragraphs. You may ask them to provide reasons to celebrate their caregiver, or to write a reflection on their favorite memory with this person.
2. The Something Special Awards
In this Mother's Day art project for elementary students, children can showcase their artistic skills to create an award for their mothers, caregivers, or other role models in their lives. You will need:
- Crayons, colored pencils, and/or markers
- Colored construction paper
- Award ribbon
You can discuss with your students the ways in which their mothers, caregivers, or role models have done something special for them and have them express their thoughts visually. The “something special” can also be as broad as these women simply being an integral part of your students’ lives! Your students can decorate their awards in any way they want. Afterward, you can encourage them to show fellow classmates the awards they have made.
3. Write a Poem
Poetry writing is a wonderful way for students to show they care for, appreciate, or admire someone. An original poem to a mother, caregiver, or another woman role model in a student’s life can be a beautiful gift.
Teachers can encourage their students to write the poem in whatever style they prefer, whether it be freeform, a haiku, or any other form of poetry. It would be great if the students who want to try their hand at reading aloud have a chance to perform in front of the class!
4. Design a T-Shirt
Designing a T-shirt is a fun opportunity for students to express gratitude toward their mom or another person they care about. Best of all, this Mother's Day school idea can be a blast for multiple age groups! Fill your T-shirt station with plain white cotton T-shirts of multiple sizes, and allow students to use fabric markers, glitter, and anything else you think will give those shirts some pizazz.
5. The Bulletin Board
Teachers can set up a bulletin board for students and ask them to answer a question such as “What Do You Love About Your Mom or Caregiver?” Then, each student can write a few things he or she loves most about the parent or role model in his or her life. If they would like, students can add a photograph of their caregiver to go along with their entry. The finished product is a beautiful display for all the moms and caregivers to see and appreciate. Snap some photos and share them with the class, and prominently display the bulletin board for others to see!
6. Creative Couponing
Students can create a booklet of coupons where they promise to give back or do something nice for those who care about them. This is a fun Mother's Day activity for middle school students. They can produce coupons depending on what they think their mother or caregiver would like. An example of a great coupon is: “One night I'll help you make dinner.” This encourages involvement with the family while also teaching the student a bit about collaboration skills and cooking basics.
7. Make Mini-Books
A great Mother's Day activity for primary school students, Mother’s Day mini-books are books that your students can create either online or by hand. This activity can help expand students’ vocabulary and encourage literacy.
There are different resources you can use to format mini-books for free. You may need the following:
- Printer and paper/cardstock
- Scissors or paper cutter
- Hole puncher
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
The writing prompts you assign will vary depending on students’ grade levels. Some examples:
- Write a narrative about your favorite memory with your mom or caregiver.
- Tell the story of your typical day and how your caregiver helps you along the way.
- Have students write a list about their caregiver, listing one item with an accompanying drawing on each page (e.g., “Why I Love My Mom So Much”).
8. Read Mother’s Day Books
Picking up a Mother’s Day book—and telling your mom or caregiver about it at the end of the day—is a great sentiment. Here are some wonderful, illuminating reads about mothers and motherhood for different age groups:
- The Mother’s Day Mice by Eve Bunting & Jon Brett (Pre-K to Grade 3)
- Curious George Mother’s Day Surprise by H. A. Rey (Grades 1 to 4)
- En las Piernas de Mamá/On Mother’s Lap by Ann Herbert Scott & Glo Coalson (Pre-K to Kindergarten)
- Mothers Are Like That by Paul Carrick & Carol Carrick (Pre-K to Kindergarten)
- Lullaby (For a Black Mother) by Langston Hughes & Sean Quails (Pre-K to Grade 3)
- Because Your Mommy Loves You by Andrew Clements & R. W. Alley (Pre-K to Grade 3)
- Find a Stranger, Say Goodbye by Lois Lowry (Grades 7 to 12)
- The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (Grades 9 to 12)
9. Decorative Vases
In this Mother's Day activity, students can make their mom, caregiver, or role model a vase to hold their favorite flowers, decorated as they wish. You will need glass bottles, colored tissue paper, white glue, and sponge brushes or small paint brushes. This activity can also double as an art lesson.
10. “Memories of Mom” Writing Assignment
In the week leading up to Mother’s Day, teachers can ask their middle school students to choose from a list of writing prompts that have to do with their mother or caregiver. Some examples of writing prompts are:
- My Favorite Holiday Memory with Mom/Caregiver
- A Funny Moment with Mom/Caregiver
- The Best Advice My Mother/Caregiver Ever Gave Me
A paragraph response to the prompt is great, though of course the requirements will vary depending on the age group. Students can even compile a response to a different prompt each day over a few days as a longer Mother's Day school project, and the end result is a heartfelt, touching book to give to their mom or special person in their lives.
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of HMH.
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