Do you need an easy, yet one-of-a-kind gift for your students to take home and give to their moms on Mother’s Day?
Do you want to use materials that you already have in your classroom?
If you answered yes to both questions, then this blog post is just for you! In seven quick steps, your students will have fun, and create a unique gift that their moms will treasure for years to come. The only supplies you need are: construction paper in white and in any color, tape, finger paints, and your students' fingers! Most schools have die cutters as part of their shared resources.
Take a sheet of colored construction paper and use your school's die cut machine to cut out the letters "M," "o," and "m." I typically have lots of purple paper at the end of the year so that is the color I go with, but in the end, the color of the letters does not matter (as long as they aren't white). You will need to cut out one set of letters for each student.
Tape one set of letters onto a piece of white construction paper. Each student will need one white piece of paper that says Mom on it. When taping the letters down, roll the tape and place it on the back of each letter. You do not want to be able to see the tape.
Roll out bulletin board or butcher paper across your tables to protect them. I tape the paper down to the end of the table to keep it from rolling up while the students are working. You are now ready for the paint. I simply squeeze the different colors in separate puddles onto the middle of table so that everyone at the table can share.
Student write their name on the back of their paper and then finger paint all the white that is still visible on the paper. Make sure to give the directions that they start each finger swipe from on top of the purple letters. This ensures that no paint gets under the letters that were pre-taped onto the white paper.
As students finish up and I have made sure that no white paper is showing, I have them put their paintings somewhere safe to dry. Then it is time to wash up. After their hands are clean, the students who have finished find a book and get to read in areas away from the remaining painters.
As each table finishes up, I gather the butcher paper from off the tables and throw it away. It really is that easy!
After the paintings have dried, carefully peel off the colored letters and you will have a classroom of art that is as individualized as your students.
This project works best when the teacher is very organized before and after the painting, but gives up control of how the finished projects look to the students. If the students are happy with their work, their mothers will love it!