Mothers (and individuals who serve as mother figures) are honoured on Mother's Day, a national holiday that takes place on the second Sunday in May in the United States. "Honor thy father and mother" is one of The Ten Commandments in the Bible. Catholics pay immense respect to Jesus's mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and honour her throughout May. Preschoolers involved in Sunday school or a Bible study can participate in fun Mother's Day activities.
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Hand-Print Lily Bouquet for Moms
Have the preschooler trace his hand on a piece of white or orange construction paper, then cut it out with safety scissors. Help the student roll the palm of the hand into a cone, taping it closed. Cut a white or yellow chenille stem into a small segment, then fold it into a "V" shape (for the lily's centre). Insert the bottom of the "V" into a drinking straw, securing it with tape. Insert the bottom of the straw through the hole in the lily, securing it with tape if necessary, then curl the lily's "petals" by wrapping the paper around a pencil. Make enough lilies for a bouquet. DLTK's Growing Together recommends adding a gift tag that says, "This isn't just a lily, as you can plainly see. I made it with my hand, which God made a part of me. It comes with lots of love especially to say, I hope you have a very special Mother's Day!" Lilies, frequently used in churches at Easter, symbolise virtue, purity and royalty.
Mothers Mentioned in the Bible
Show preschoolers that Mary isn't the only mother mentioned in the Bible. Arrange the students in a circle, and read them children's stories about Sarah (the mother of Isaac), Jochabed (Moses's mother), and Hannah (Samuel's mother). Illustrate how these women were influential in parenting. Show them pictures of these mothers. Give the preschoolers colouring pages featuring these important female figures and have them colour the pages to give to their mothers.
A Fragrant Offering for Moms
Let the preschoolers use watercolour paints and a small paint brush to apply drops of colour to a large coffee filter. Choose cheery flower colours such as yellow, red, pink and purple. When the filter dries, have the students cut the filter into a flower shape with distinct petals. Glue the coffee filter onto a large piece of construction paper, then have the preschoolers draw a stem and leaves with a marker. With the teacher's help, the preschoolers can write on each petal things that they love about their mother. Somewhere on the construction paper, add an inspirational religious quote about mothers, such as: "If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been" (Robert Brault).
Bible Verses Relating to Mothers
Show preschoolers a list of Bible verses that mention mothers (see Resources). Use these verses on Mother's Day greeting cards or crafts. Choose a special verse about mothers and write the verse in large letters on a sheet of poster board, leaving blanks for some of the verse's main words. Print (or write) the missing words separately on pieces of coloured construction paper (pink would work well), then hide the words all over the Bible study or preschool classroom. Have the preschoolers go on a "scavenger hunt" to find the missing words, then have them figure out where they go in the verse. Tape the words where they belong.
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