2. The Something Special Awards
In this activity, students can showcase their artistic skills to create an award for their mother, caregiver, or other women 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 this Mother’s Day.
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 this Mother’s Day. Best of all, this activity 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 she loves most about the parent or role model in 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 for Mother’s Day where they promise to give back or do something nice for those who care about them. This is a fun activity and can vary depending on what age group you teach. Middle school students 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.