Mother's Day is on a Sunday, which makes creating or organising Mother's Day gifts during a Sunday school class a convenient way to get children involved in appreciating their mothers. Sunday school is in part about teaching children to honour their parents, respect others and be patient. Using a Sunday school class, either on Mother's Day or earlier, can involve the kids in making a special gift.
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Religious gifts can be given on Mother's Day. To make this type of purchased gift a part of a Sunday school lesson, you will need a catalogue or order form for the place where the church has an account for purchasing such items. A letter should be sent home with students in advance, requesting money for purchasing gifts. Set an amount for the children to spend, and go through the catalogue to highlight items that cost less than £13, or whatever threshold you deem appropriate.
Make this type of gift selection optional, as not all students will be able to participate.
You can have students make similar gifts in class. Examples: verses of Scripture handwritten on nice paper and placed in a handmade frame, personalised bookmarks with religious sayings for use in Bibles, and even protective covers for Bibles decorated with crayon, markers, stickers and glitter.
Food gifts are another gift that can be purchased or made. This is a good way to get an entire class involved. Making food items during the class is an activity that all children can participate in, and then the items can be placed in gift bags, boxes or tins. Allowing children to decorate the package for the food items is another activity, which can be spread out over a few weeks. Good options include chocolate-dipped pretzels decorated by the class, pre-made sugar cookies frosted by the students, or an assortment of goodies. To incorporate a religious theme, the children can use frosting to make crosses, lambs and other religious symbols on the cookies.
To make a sweet treat assortment, have each student bring in one item such as chocolate, lollipops, gum or hard candy. Divide up all items, and make assortments to be placed into the gift bags or boxes. Use lollipops in the shape of crosses, chocolate lambs, and other symbolic candy found at religious and candy stores.
Jewellery can be expensive, even though it is a gift quite suitable for Mother's Day. To make jewellery during Sunday school, gather all supplies needed to make an assortment of necklaces and bracelets. Use string, leather string, rope or even metal chains as the base for the items. Purchase an assortment of baubles, charms, beads and pendants. Allow the students to pick and choose the items for the jewelery by thinking about what colours, shapes and styles their mothers like. Have the children make rosaries, cross necklaces, and bracelets featuring religious symbols to make this gift more special.
Cards and Picture Gifts
Homemade and handmade cards are thoughtful yet quick, easy and inexpensive gifts that children can make for Mother's Day. To further individualise them, children can use time in Sunday school to draw pictures for their mothers, to be give along with the cards. This project can be done even as late as Mother's Day itself, for kids to give to their moms after class. Help the children find religious passages and verses suitable for Mother's Day to add to the card.
You can make the gifts more elaborate by adding coloured paper, glitter, stickers and die-cuts to the normally available markers, crayons and plain white paper. This will allow children to be as creative as they wish. Use crosses, stars and other symbols when decorating all items.
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