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May 3, 2018

Fast, Fun Fixes for Mother's Day

By Genia Connell
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    I'm not sure why, but it seems like Mother's Day sneaks up on me every year. Here we are going full throttle in our curriculum following spring break, steaming toward "testing season" when I realize, I have to get a Mother's Day project in — stat! With my teacher budget running low at this point in the year (okay, truthfully already spent and nonexistent!), I love when I find quick projects my third graders can make that rely on materials I already have in my cupboards — no trips to the craft or dollar store required!  This week, I'm happy to share with you some quick projects that can be made in less than an hour and are guaranteed to bring a smile to mom's face. 

    Nearly all of the projects below were found at one time or another through a simple (perhaps even last-minute, frantic) search of Scholastic Teachables, one of my favorite go-to resources. They are quick, easy, and free for a 30-day trial!

    Craft a Mother's Day Quilt

    (Bonus: Practice Lines of Symmetry!)

    I gained inspiration from the printable below to have my kids make a Mother's Day quilt that only required using two sheets of construction paper and a glue stick for each one.

    To start, every student selected two pieces of 9"x12" construction paper in two colors they felt would go well together.

    Next, everyone gave me one of their two pieces, which I cut into 3"x3"squares to make the patches. (Tip: Students will only need six squares, so I put the extras on the side in case of mess-ups.)

    Mother's Day Quilt prep

    Students followed the directions on the printable which I displayed on the interactive whiteboard, however, instead of shapes, they folded their squares in half and cut out the uppercase symmetric letters I, U, M, O, M plus a heart shape (Tip: before they cut into the construction paper, I offered my students 3"x"3 pieces of index cards they could use for practice.)

      Fast Fixes for Mother's Day

     

    Mother's Day Printables

    When the I Love You Mom quilts were finished, students chose one of the printables below to fill out and glue onto the back.

    Fast Fixes for Mother's Day
    Fast Fixes for Mother's Day Fast Fixes for Mother's Day
    Fast Fixes for Mother's Day Fast Fixes for Mother's Day

     

    Other Quick Ideas With Printables

    While I was searching for a quick project, I came across a few other printables that caught my eye. I put them out in a center for students to work on when they were finished with other work and many students visited the center in the few days leading up to Mother's Day. 

    Fast Fixes for Mother's Day Fast Fixes for Mother's Day

    Fast Fixes for Mother's Day

    Fast Fixes for Mother's Day

    While I'm not exactly proud that orchestrating crafts with my third graders for Mother's Day sometimes takes a back burner in my lesson plans, I'm so happy to have these quick, go-to resources when I need them. If you have any quick gift ideas for Mother's Day, I'd love to hear them!  (I'm sure I'll need them next year!) Thanks so much for reading and Happy Mother's Day to all the teacher-moms out there!

    I'm not sure why, but it seems like Mother's Day sneaks up on me every year. Here we are going full throttle in our curriculum following spring break, steaming toward "testing season" when I realize, I have to get a Mother's Day project in — stat! With my teacher budget running low at this point in the year (okay, truthfully already spent and nonexistent!), I love when I find quick projects my third graders can make that rely on materials I already have in my cupboards — no trips to the craft or dollar store required!  This week, I'm happy to share with you some quick projects that can be made in less than an hour and are guaranteed to bring a smile to mom's face. 

    Nearly all of the projects below were found at one time or another through a simple (perhaps even last-minute, frantic) search of Scholastic Teachables, one of my favorite go-to resources. They are quick, easy, and free for a 30-day trial!

    Craft a Mother's Day Quilt

    (Bonus: Practice Lines of Symmetry!)

    I gained inspiration from the printable below to have my kids make a Mother's Day quilt that only required using two sheets of construction paper and a glue stick for each one.

    To start, every student selected two pieces of 9"x12" construction paper in two colors they felt would go well together.

    Next, everyone gave me one of their two pieces, which I cut into 3"x3"squares to make the patches. (Tip: Students will only need six squares, so I put the extras on the side in case of mess-ups.)

    Mother's Day Quilt prep

    Students followed the directions on the printable which I displayed on the interactive whiteboard, however, instead of shapes, they folded their squares in half and cut out the uppercase symmetric letters I, U, M, O, M plus a heart shape (Tip: before they cut into the construction paper, I offered my students 3"x"3 pieces of index cards they could use for practice.)

      Fast Fixes for Mother's Day

     

    Mother's Day Printables

    When the I Love You Mom quilts were finished, students chose one of the printables below to fill out and glue onto the back.

    Fast Fixes for Mother's Day
    Fast Fixes for Mother's Day Fast Fixes for Mother's Day
    Fast Fixes for Mother's Day Fast Fixes for Mother's Day

     

    Other Quick Ideas With Printables

    While I was searching for a quick project, I came across a few other printables that caught my eye. I put them out in a center for students to work on when they were finished with other work and many students visited the center in the few days leading up to Mother's Day. 

    Fast Fixes for Mother's Day Fast Fixes for Mother's Day

    Fast Fixes for Mother's Day

    Fast Fixes for Mother's Day

    While I'm not exactly proud that orchestrating crafts with my third graders for Mother's Day sometimes takes a back burner in my lesson plans, I'm so happy to have these quick, go-to resources when I need them. If you have any quick gift ideas for Mother's Day, I'd love to hear them!  (I'm sure I'll need them next year!) Thanks so much for reading and Happy Mother's Day to all the teacher-moms out there!

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