Whether your kids need a little nudge to make those homemade Mother’s Day cards, or you can just never get enough, we’re here to help. These here coloring sheets can serve double duty as last-minute cards and as a quick and easy way to occupy those little hands and minds. Maybe they’ll even color for long enough to let you drink your coffee hot today. Now that is a Mother’s Day gift the stores haven’t yet figured out how to sell us.
After all, it really is the thought that counts when it comes to kid “gifts” for May’s major maternal holiday, and these coloring pages prove that. But whether you’re Mom’s partner or a mom yourself, it can be hard to steer your kids in the right — read: easy enough — direction for a homemade Mother’s Day gift. Younger kids might not be ready to a) take a hint and/or b) put together a more difficult craft to show their appreciation for Mom. Luckily, these crazy-easy coloring printouts will make for an adorable gift/card/art piece combo that little kids will love to make and moms will love to hang up all year. No shopping required.
And let’s not forget: A cute coloring page is an activity that benefits kids just as much as it cheers the giftee. Coloring has been shown to promote relaxation in adults and kids alike. It’s time to bust out the good kids art supplies for this one — and give Mom a few precious minutes of peace while they’re busy creating.
A version of this article was originally published in April 2017.