Whether you are a father searching for a way to give your wife a special Mother's Day present or a day-care provider looking for Mother's Day activities, you may have decided that your baby should make a Mother's Day project. Luckily, even infants less than a year old can make projects for their mothers on this special day. Choose your project based on your child's age and abilities.
Any children who have some control over their hands can make a painted butterfly for Mother's Day. They will need a high chair or another seat with a tray, as well as the ingredients for edible finger paint (a cup of water, two tablespoons of cornflour, a small splash of milk, and some food colouring). You can make the finger paint by mixing the first three ingredients together in a saucepan, boiling it until it thickens, and then taking it off the fire and adding food colouring to it as it cools. Then just fold a thick piece of cardstock in half, and then tape it to the infant's high chair tray. Draw the butterfly's thin body in the centre of the paper, with half the body on each side of the fold, and splash some paint on the side of the body. The infant can then sit in the high chair and move the paint around to make a wing. Fold the paper in half when the infant is done, and,voila, a butterfly picture for Mother's Day.
A Heart for Mother
This simple project works well with any infant who has enough hand-eye coordination to pick up small objects and put them down elsewhere. To make it, simply cut out a large heart from construction paper and discard the heart. You can then press the outline of the heart onto contact paper so that the centre of the heart is sticky. Give infants small squares of tissue paper or construction paper to put on the heart. The squares will stick, and the infants will be able to give their mothers a colourful heart.
Sponge Painted Card
Older infants may enjoy painting a predesigned Mother's Day card. Create your own Mother's Day card on a piece of paper. Make sure to go over the lines in thick black marker. The infant can then dip a sponge into a bowl of light-coloured paint and press it over the marker lines. This sponge painting method will allow the original lines of the card to show through, so that the result is a well-designed Mother's Day card that has been "coloured in" by the child. You can use edible paint for this activity as well, if you think that the child may try to eat some of it.
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