Mother’s Day occurs every spring when the flowers start to bloom outside.  Mother’s Day is a day when we can tell our moms how much we love them and thank them for all that they do for us.  Moms love flowers.  Make a garden of flowers for your mom, and write her a card to let her know how much you appreciate her!

Materials:

  • 3-4 pieces of regular paper
  • Washable paint
  • Plate or palette
  • Cup of water
  • Paint brushes
  • Other materials like a plastic fork, q-tips, bubble wrap, and tape roll
  • Cardstock or watercolor paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Crayons, markers or colored pencils
  • Construction paper

Have you ever read a book by Eric Carle, like The Very Hungry Caterpillar?  He makes his beautiful pictures by painting paper and then cutting out shapes and gluing them together to make a collage.  That is what we are going to do to make our Mother’s Day Garden! 

Step One

Once you have all the materials ready, it’s time to paint.  We will need one green paper for the stems and leaves of the garden, and 2-3 other colors for the flowers.  Ask your mom what her favorite colors are!

Eric Carle loved to make his papers interesting by adding shapes, patterns and textures.  After you paint the papers, use different materials like a plastic fork to add lines, a q-tip to add dots, bubble wrap to make an interesting pattern, and a tape roll to add circles.  Have fun and make whatever looks beautiful to you!

Once the papers are all painted set them aside to dry.

Step Two

While your papers are drying, download the Mother’s Day Card template and print it out.  Color the letters and tulips for the cover.  For the inside, write why you love your mom and one thing you want to thank her for.

Cut out each rectangle.  Fold a piece of construction paper in half.  Glue “Happy Mother’s Day” on the front, and glue what you wrote on the inside.

Step Three

Once your painted papers are dry, draw tulips and circles of different sizes on the backs.  To draw a tulip draw a big “U” and then a few “V”’s on top!  On the back of the green paper, draw some stems and leaves by drawing long skinny rectangles and raindrop shapes.

Step Four

Cut out all your shapes.

Step Five

Glue the stems and leaves on your cardstock paper and glue the flowers on top.  The circle flowers can have two or three circles from big to small, using the different colored papers you made.

Don’t forget to sign your name and write the date in the bottom right corner like a real artist!

Give your garden and card to your mom and say “Happy Mother’s Day!!”

Related Activities

For a Mother’s Day activity, you and your mom can read an Eric Carle book together if you have one at home.  If you don’t have one, you can listen to Eric Carle – the author and illustrator -read his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar to you!

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Rebekah

Rebekah grew up fascinated by the lives of missionaries from her church and had a desire to serve and love others, as well as a passion for art. After studying art and the Bible in college, God led Rebekah to Thailand where she was an art teacher for seven years at a Christian school for Thai children. She loved her students and found great joy in helping them create works of art and showing them God's love. Rebekah is now back in Massachusetts where she grew up and looking forward to creating art as a visual expression of both grace and truth.