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Mom’s Smile Makers: Delightful Homemade Mothers Day Gifts by Kids

homemade mothers day gifts

Mother’s Day is a unique opportunity to show appreciation and love for the incredible mothers in our lives. Celebrating this day with personal and meaningful gifts touches the heart and highlights the thoughtfulness behind each gesture. Handmade gifts, crafted from children’s small, tender hands, carry an unmatched emotional value that surpasses any store-bought item, making this day truly memorable for every mom. Homemade mothers day gifts crafted by children are not just presents; they are treasured mementos of love, creativity, and innocence. These little creations allow children to express their feelings uniquely and engagingly, making moms feel exceptionally special. Encouraging kids to create gifts brings out their artistic abilities and generates excitement for the celebration.

Why Choose Homemade Gifts?

Homemade gifts carry a unique charm that store-bought items can’t match. They are soaked in personal touch, showcasing the love and effort the kids put in. These DIY projects are more than just gifts; they’re a fun way for children to express their creativity while honing their fine motor skills. Cutting, painting, and gluing enhance their skill and imaginative thinking. The most significant value lies in the memories created during the making of these gifts. The time spent together in crafting is as precious as the gift itself, making Mother’s Day unforgettable for both mom and the kids.

Homemade Mothers Day Gifts

Explore heartfelt homemade Mothers Day gifts crafted by preschoolers, perfectly expressing gratitude and love. Engage kids in the joy of giving, fostering kindness and creativity. Here are ten engaging ideas, complete with descriptions, materials, and steps:

1. Handprint Flower Bouquet

handprint flower bouquet

Create a personalized and heartfelt gift for Mother’s Day with this fun and easy handprint flower bouquet. This activity is perfect for preschoolers and provides an opportunity for them to learn about colors, shapes, and coordination while expressing their love for Mom.

Materials Needed:
  • Washable paint in assorted colors
  • White paper
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Glue
How to Do It:
  1. Begin by choosing various vibrant paint colors and pouring them onto a palette or paper plate.
  2. Help your child dip their hand into the paint and make a handprint on the white paper.
  3. Repeat the process with different colors to create multiple handprint flowers.
  4. After the paint dries, carefully cut out each handprint flower.
  5. Attach a green pipe cleaner to the back of each flower using glue or tape to create the stems.
  6. Arrange the handprint flowers in a bouquet and secure them together with a ribbon or string.
  7. Present the beautiful bouquet to Mom with a big smile and watch her face light up with joy!

2. Pasta Necklace

A pasta necklace is a classic and creative Mother’s Day gift that will surely put a smile on any mom’s face. This craft is not only fun to make, but it also helps children develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Materials Needed:
  • Assorted pasta shapes (penne, rigatoni, fusilli, etc.)
  • String or twine
  • Paints or markers (optional)
  • Tape or glue (optional)
How to Do It:
  1. Help your child choose pasta shapes for their necklace, sorting them by shape or color to create a pattern if desired.
  2. Let them string the pasta on a piece of string or twine; use tape or glue to attach the string to smaller-holed pasta securely.
  3. After completing the necklace, they can decorate it with paint or markers to add color or designs.
  4. Finally, tie the ends of the string or twine, and it’s ready to be gifted to Mom!

3. Decorated Pot with a Plant

Encourage creativity and responsibility as your child decorates a pot and cares for a plant, teaching them about nurturing and growth.

Materials Needed:
  • A small terracotta pot
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • A small plant or seeds
  • Potting soil.
How to Do It:
  1. Set up a painting area outdoors.
  2. Let your child paint the pot with their chosen design.
  3. Once dry, help them transfer the plant or seeds into the pot with soil.

4. Mother’s Day Portrait

mothers day portrait

Help your child express their love through a personal portrait of mom. This activity can enhance their creativity, motor skills, and emotional connection with their mother.

Materials Needed:
  • White paper or canvas
  • Watercolor paints or crayons
  • Paintbrushes or colored pencils
How to Do It:
  1. Guide your child to draw a portrait of mom on paper or canvas.
  2. Encourage them to use colors and shapes that represent how they see their mother.
  3. Let them add details like her smile, eyes, and any accessories she loves.
  4. Once finished, assist in framing the artwork or presenting it specially for Mother’s Day.

5. “Reasons I Love Mom” Jar

Encourage your child to express their love for mom in a unique way with a “Reasons I Love Mom” jar. This thoughtful gift will not only show appreciation but also help the child understand and articulate their feelings for their mother.

Materials Needed:
  • Mason jar or any clear jar
  • Colored paper or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Pen or markers
How to Do It:
  1. Cut the colored paper or cardstock into small strips.
  2. Ask the child to brainstorm reasons why they love their mom and write each reason on a strip.
  3. Fold each strip and place them inside the jar.
  4. Decorate the jar with additional drawings or messages expressing love for Mom.
  5. Present the jar to Mom on Mother’s Day as a heartwarming and personal gift.

6. Handmade Mother’s Day Card

Creating a handmade card is a heartfelt way for kids to show love and appreciation for their moms. Kids can develop creativity, fine motor skills, and personal expression. They learn the value of thoughtful gestures and the joy of giving.

Materials Needed:
  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Stickers or decorations (optional)
How to Do It:
  1. Fold construction paper/cardstock in half for the card base.
  2. Decorate the front using art supplies, like drawing or coloring.
  3. Cut shapes/pictures from colored paper/magazines and glue them onto the front.
  4. Inside, write a sweet message or “Happy Mother’s Day!”
  5. Add small drawings/stickers to personalize the message.
  6. Decorate with stickers, glitter, or other embellishments.
  7. Present the card with a smile, a meaningful and personalized gift straight from the heart.

7. DIY Candle Holders

DIY candle holders

This fun and easy craft will not only make a heartfelt gift for mom but also provide an opportunity for your child to learn about creating something with their own hands. What a child can learn: Through this DIY project, your child can learn about creativity, fine motor skills, and the joy of giving.

Materials Needed:
  • Glass jar or container
  • Tissue paper in various colors
  • Mod Podge or white glue diluted with water
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
How to Do It:
  1. Cut tissue paper into small squares/rectangles.
  2. Brush Mod Podge/glue it on the outside of the jar.
  3. Stick tissue paper, layering for color.
  4. Fill the jar completely, leaving no gaps.
  5. Brush another layer of Mod Podge/glue to seal.
  6. Let it dry.
  7. Add a candle and light for a beautiful glow.

8. Salt Dough Handprints: A Heartfelt Keepsake

Let your child create a forever memory with salt dough handprints. This activity teaches kids about shape, texture, and preservation.

Materials Needed:
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • Paints and brushes
  • Ribbon for hanging
How to Do It:
  1. Mix 1 cup salt with 2 cups flour.
  2. Slowly add 1 cup water until dough forms.
  3. Roll out dough and press the child’s handprint.
  4. Bake at 200°F until hardened.
  5. Once cool, let the child paint and decorate.
  6. Add ribbon for hanging.

9. Sock Puppets

Spark your child’s creativity with this fun and easy craft! While creating personalized sock puppets, they can learn about storytelling, imagination, and communication.

Materials Needed:
  • Clean socks
  • Glue
  • Felt
  • Googly eyes
  • Yarn or fabric scraps
How to Do It:
  1. Turn the sock inside out.
  2. Decorate the sock with felt, googly eyes, and yarn.
  3. Use glue to secure the decorations.
  4. Let dry, and enjoy putting on a puppet show for Mom!

10. Heart-Shaped Bath Bombs

heart shaped bombs

Let your child create these heart-shaped bath bombs for Moma delightful and fun experience. Kids can learn about mixing colors, measuring ingredients, and being creative – all while crafting a special gift with love.

Materials Needed:
  • Baking soda
  • Citric acid (need parental guidance for safety)
  • Cornstarch
  • Epsom salt
  • Food coloring
  • Child-friendly essential oil (optional)
  • Heart-shaped molds
How to Do It:
  1. Mix 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid, 1/2 cup cornstarch, and 1/2 cup Epsom salt.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring and a subtle scent with child-friendly essential oil (if using).
  3. Press the mixture into heart-shaped molds and let them dry for 24 hours.
  4. Package them sweetly and gift Mom a relaxing bath treat made with love by your little one!

11. Garden Stone

A garden stone is a lovely and lasting gift preschoolers can create for Mom with their grown-ups. Not only is it a fun and creative craft to make, but it also teaches little ones about the beauty of nature and the importance of showing appreciation to those we love.

Materials Needed:
  • Concrete mix
  • Large plastic container
  • Water
  • Decorative stones or paint
  • Old spoon or stick
How to Do It:
  1. Mix the concrete in a large plastic container according to the package instructions.
  2. Use an old spoon or stick to smooth out the surface of the mixture.
  3. Let your child decorate the top of the mixture with decorative stones or paint.
  4. Leave it to dry for the recommended time, following the concrete package instructions.
  5. Once dry, remove the garden stone from the container and place it in a special spot in Mom’s garden for her to cherish.

12. Fridge Magnets

fridge magnets

Let your preschooler’s creativity shine with these adorable handmade fridge magnets for Mom. This simple craft allows children to explore their artistic abilities while learning about shapes, colors, and the joy of giving something special to their mother.

Materials Needed:
  • Craft foam sheets
  • Assorted colorful buttons
  • Magnetic strips
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
How to Do It:
  1. Help the child cut out shapes from craft foam sheets.
  2. Arrange and glue colorful buttons onto foam shapes.
  3. Attach magnetic strips to the back with craft glue.
  4. Let the magnets dry completely.
  5. Preschoolers can gift personalized magnets to Mom for display on the refrigerator.

13. Painted Rocks

Let your preschooler’s imagination run wild as they create colorful painted rocks to brighten Mom’s day. This activity promotes creativity, fine motor skills, and an appreciation of nature.

Materials Needed:
  • Smooth rocks in various sizes
  • Acrylic paints in different colors
  • Paintbrushes in different sizes
  • Water and a palette or paper plate for mixing colors
How to Do It:
  1. Begin by finding and collecting smooth rocks in different shapes and sizes.
  2. Prepare a working area by covering it with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth.
  3. Show your child how to paint the rocks using vibrant colors and different brush sizes.
  4. Let the painted rocks dry completely before gifting or displaying them.
  5. Optional: To protect the paint, you can apply a coat of clear varnish once the rocks are dry.

Final Thoughts

Creating a homemade gift brings unparalleled joy and satisfaction both to the giver and the receiver. There’s something deeply touching and personal about receiving a gift crafted with love, especially from little hands. Making these gifts allows for meaningful moments that transcend the typical gift-giving experience, fostering a unique bond between parents and their children.

We encourage you to make these crafts part of your regular bonding activities. At NY Baby Steps, our professional experts are always ready to provide creative ideas and support to enhance your parenting journey. For more enriching activities and expert advice, reach out to us. Visit our website, and let us help you confidently take your next steps in crafting and bonding.