This post includes Mother’s Day celebration ideas for the classroom. A few of the 10+ ideas include making a handmade gift or having a special event for moms in the school.
We all know how much moms deserve, and the mothers of our students are no exception. They deserve a good Mother’s Day surprise that will make them smile. We can make that happen.
Mother’s Day Celebration Ideas For School
How will you honor them? Will you have an activity or a party in your classroom, inviting them to attend? Will your students create something in the classroom to take home to give to their mothers?
My favorite memory of visiting my son’s preschool during their yearly Mother’s Day celebration. We enjoyed tea and snack and got to watch our littles sing a song they had been practicing. This celebration is something you can create for your student’s mothers at school.
I’ve gathered some Mother’s Day celebration ideas for school settings that you, your students, and moms will LOVE and cherish.
Have a Special Event for Mother’s Day
Hosting a fun event to honor the women in students’ lives is one way to bring the community into your classroom. It also shows how much you and your students appreciate what they do. Ask them to bring in their mothers, grandmothers, or any other female in their lives who serves as a role model to them for an exclusive invite-only activity.
I’ve heard of some teachers putting together a “Tea-riffic Moms” event. Have a tea party in which the moms are invited to the classroom for tea and treats. Children can make placemats for their moms and set a place setting with napkins, plates, and cups. Kids create little snacks such as cheese and crackers, cream cheese on small bagels, or Teddy Grahams dipped in icing.
They act as hosts and serve their moms by pouring juice or water into small cups and bringing them snacks. They can present their moms with a card, read to them aloud, and hug them.
Pull lots of books about mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and female biographies from your school’s library, and set up a special reading time where the women in your students’ lives can sit and enjoy reading together.
Read books about mothers and the special role they play in our lives. Some good options include “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch and “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein.
Mother’s Day Display
Invite mothers into the classroom to view a spring craft or project display. Make it memorable by allowing children to present their projects to their moms as a gift.
Create a visibly prominent bulletin board where moms will most likely see it. Decorate it with sentiments, hand-drawn pictures, photographs, or other things your kids have done to commemorate their moms.
Instruct kids to tell their moms to look at it at drop-off or pick-up time, and even send home a little note or shoot them an email so they won’t miss it.
Organize a talent show or performance
Kids are creative. Let them make up a play in which they all have a special part. It can be about mothers, a recent book that has been read to the class, or something else.
Encourage students to showcase their talents, such as singing, dancing, or playing an instrument, in honor of their mothers. This can be a fun way to celebrate Mother’s Day while also showcasing the unique talents of each student.
Mother’s Day Interview
Have the students interview their mothers or other mother figures and create a short report about them. This can include questions about their favorite memories, hobbies, and other interesting facts.
Here are some great questions to ask.
- What was your favorite thing to do when you were a child?
- What’s your favorite thing about being a mom?
- What’s the most challenging thing about being a mom?
- What’s your favorite memory of me when I was a baby?
- What’s your favorite memory of me as I’ve grown up?
- What’s something you’ve always wanted to do with me but we haven’t done yet?
- What’s something I do that always makes you smile?
- What’s something you’re proud of me for?
- What’s your favorite thing we’ve done together as a family?
- What’s something you want to teach me as I grow up?
Create a Handmade Gift or Tribute to Celebrate Mother’s Day
If you can’t host an event, that’s okay. It’s not required, of course, and some teachers, schools, or parents aren’t able to make events happen as they’d wish. You can still honor the mother figures in your students’ lives and provide a way for the kids to thank them for their love and support by helping them create something meaningful to give as a gift.
Draw a Picture of Mom
Give students paint or crayons and let them decorate a piece of paper with some artwork. Have them draw their mothers with a directed drawing and write a story about their mom to go with it. When they’re finished, take the students’ artwork and frame it with a piece of construction paper and embellish it. Have students write “Happy Mother’s Day” on it.
Write a Story/Free Writing
Give the students a prompt and have them write a story about their moms. Mothers will love a tribute to them in their child’s writing. If you need a quick and easy prompt – I have some in the May Writing Prompts resource.
Here are some Mother’s Day writing prompts for younger students:
- “My mom is the best because _____________.”
- “I love my mom because _____________.”
- “My favorite thing to do with my mom is _____________.”
- “I feel happy when my mom _____________.”
- “My mom’s favorite color is _____________.”
- “I know my mom loves me because _____________.”
- “I want to thank my mom for _____________.”
- “My mom makes me feel special when _____________.”
- “I like it when my mom _____________.”
- “My mom and I are special because _____________.”
Encourage students to draw pictures to go along with their writing, and to think about specific examples to include in their responses.
Write a Poem
Are you teaching poetry writing this month? Have your students write a poem about their moms. Poems take thought and will be coveted for years and years.
Here are some poem ideas for kids to write for Mother’s Day:
- Acrostic Poem: Write the letters of your mom’s name vertically down the page, and then use each letter to start a word or phrase that describes your mom. For example:
M – Marvelous O – Outstanding M – Magical
- Haiku Poem: Write a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable pattern that describes something you love about your mom. For example:
Soft hands, warm hugs, love Mother’s sweet voice, calming strength My mom, my best friend
- Rhyming Poem: Write a poem with a rhyme scheme (a pattern of rhyming words) that tells your mom how much you love her. For example:
Mom, you’re the best You always pass the test You make me feel blessed And always put me first
- Free Verse Poem: Write a poem without any specific rhyme or meter, but focus on using descriptive language to express how you feel about your mom. For example:
You’re my guiding light In the darkness of the night You always know just what to say To make everything okay
Take a Photo
Snap a photo of a child posing with their hands folded and smiling at the camera. Even better, have them hold their fingers in the shape of a heart and blow a kiss toward the camera. Print them out and have kids decorate a frame for their picture with the words “I love you, Mom!” for the perfect Mother’s Day keepsake.
Make a Craft
Have you finished a craft lately for Spring? If not, there are numerous craft tutorials available. Find one you like and create it with your students. Let them take it home to give to their mother on Mother’s Day.
Have students create a craft such as a personalized picture frame, a hand-painted flowerpot, or a decorative candle holder that their mothers or special female role models can keep as a special memento.
Make a Card
Inspire students to create a card with a thoughtful message to mom. Provide a sentence or two for them to copy, and let them get creative with paper and glue. Give them time to write, draw, and decorate their cards to take home for their mothers.
DIY Flower Arrangements
Provide materials such as flowers, vases, and ribbons and have students create their own flower arrangements to give to their mothers or special female role models.
Have students create a memory book for their mother or special female role model. They can include photos, drawings, and short stories or memories they have shared together.
Remember to be inclusive of all students and their family structures. Some students may not have a mother or may have multiple mother figures in their lives, so be sure to make the celebration inclusive of all caregivers and the important role they play in the lives of their children.
Remember to keep the Mother’s Day celebration ideas and activities age-appropriate and inclusive, and always check in with families about any cultural or religious considerations.
Any effort to show appreciation and love will go a long way in making Mother’s Day memorable. If you try any of these Mother’s Day celebration ideas for the classroom, please leave a comment below!
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