Mother's day offers us moms those few
precious hours once a year, where the spotlight is ever so briefly on us, while the other 364 days of the year we are busy tending to boo-boos, whipping up ten different dinners nightly to satisfy
our finicky kid's taste buds and doing enough loads of laundry to clothe a small country. Unfortunately, on most of those days our unconditional acts of love more often than not go unnoticed
-- but hey, we're moms, we know that compliments and flattery come in the form of good grades and no trips to the ER.
What better way to provide our kids with ample opportunity to shower us with their love than having them craft their very own gifts? Although coloring, pasting and drawing their feelings for us may
never rival receiving a Gucci handbag or a trip to the spa, these crafts will undoubtedly find a permanent home on our refrigerators and in our hearts for years to come. The gifts we get from our
kids hold special significance -- as they're a physical manifestation of the love they feel for us.
Write a Folktale about your mom
According Karen Pierce Gonzalez, author of Family Folktales: What Are Yours? (www.folkheartpress.com), folktales capture moments in time and are a great way for kids to celebrate their
Follow these tips for writing a folktale for mom:
- Help children decide upon a theme by giving them a few options, such as the best dessert mom made ("What made it the best?"), or the best game you play together ("Why that game?") or
a list of some of the times Mom smiled the most.
- Folktales can be handwritten in a small bound notebook, a journal on lined or unlined (even textured) paper, typed into a computer or even dictated for someone else to write. Pages can be
decorated with crayons, glitter, photographs, and stickers and stapled together or hole-punched and then laced with yarn, ribbon, or string.
- Folktales are meant to be shared. Historically they were orally passed on from one person to the next. On Mother's Day, kids can read their written folktales out loud to announce to the
world what a heroine their mom really is!
Create an "I love you" jar
Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson, mom and daughter, and authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family,
(www.celebrategreen.net) suggest recycling a glass jar to create a gift.
Get a glass jar, about 6.5" tall with a lid. A child can decorate the lid with paper, flowers or anything their mom might like. If she's a teacher, kids can glue on a pencil stub and an
eraser. Kids can tie a piece of twine around the mouth of the jar and attach a tag that says, "101 Things I Love About You." They can then write on scraps of paper (preferably recycled),
the reasons they love their mother, fold accordion style and place it in the jar.
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