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Ten Delightful Activities and Ideas to Celebrate Mother’s Day with Primary School Children

Mother and Primary School Child Celebrating Mother’s Day as They Bake Together
Embrace the celebration of our maternal superheroes in your primary classroom with these fifteen fantastic Mother's Day activities and ideas. Witness your learners excel and learn about Mother's Day as they participate in a range of activities.

Mother’s Day is a special occasion to honour and appreciate the incredible women in our lives. For primary school children, it’s an opportunity to express love, creativity, and gratitude towards their mothers or maternal figures. In this blog post, we’ll explore ten fantastic primary activities and ideas that can make Mother’s Day memorable for both children and, of course, their special ladies.

The History of Mother’s Day

The history of Mother’s Day dates back to ancient civilisations, where various cultures celebrated motherhood and maternal figures. However, the modern observance of Mother’s Day can be traced to early 20th-century America. The movement to establish a dedicated day to honour mothers gained momentum thanks to the efforts of Anna Jarvis. Inspired by her own mother’s dedication to community service and peace, Jarvis tirelessly campaigned for a special day to recognise the sacrifices and love of mothers. Her persistent advocacy bore fruit when, in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially declared the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day, a national holiday. The intention was to provide a day for people to express their gratitude and affection towards their mothers. Over the years, the celebration has evolved into a global phenomenon, with various countries adopting the second Sunday in March to honour and appreciate mothers for their nurturing and selfless contributions to family and society. Mother’s Day has become a cherished occasion for expressing love and gratitude to the extraordinary women who play a pivotal role in shaping children’s lives.

Primary School Activities to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Celebrating Mother’s Day in the primary classroom can be a wonderful experience for both children and, as recipients, their mothers. Here are ten engaging Mother’s Day activities to make the day special:

Mother’s Day Display Board
Designate a section of the classroom display board or a separate display board specifically for Mother’s Day. Throughout the week leading up to the celebration, have learners contribute artwork, notes, and crafts dedicated to their mothers. Encourage them to include drawings, poems, and any other creative expressions of love.

Classroom Quilt
Provide fabric squares, markers, and fabric glue. Have children decorate their squares with drawings or messages for their mothers. Assemble the squares into a classroom quilt, symbolising the unity and warmth of the class community.

Special Morning Circle
Begin the day with a special morning circle dedicated to celebrating mothers. Learners can share their favourite things about their mothers, sing songs, or recite poems. This creates a positive and inclusive environment for the Mother’s Day celebration.

Recipe Booklet
Create a class recipe booklet featuring easy and kid-friendly recipes. Have each child contribute a recipe along with a drawing or note about why their mum would love it. Compile the recipes into a booklet as a Mother’s Day gift.

Planting in the School Garden
If your school has a garden, organise a planting activity where pupils can plant flowers or herbs. This collaborative effort not only teaches them about nature but also results in a beautiful and loving gift for their mothers.

Mother’s Day Tea Party
Host a tea party in the classroom with simple snacks and refreshments. Children can prepare and serve the treats while expressing their gratitude to their mothers in a comfortable and inviting setting.

Photo Collage
Ask learners to bring in photos of themselves with their mothers. Create a beautiful class photo collage that can be displayed in the classroom or sent home as a special keepsake.

Handmade Cards
Provide pupils with art supplies such as coloured paper, markers, stickers, and glitter. Encourage them to create personalised Mother’s Day cards with heartfelt messages and drawings.

Flower Pot Creations
Set up a crafting station with small flower pots, soil, and seeds or pre-planted flowers. Pupils can decorate the pots and plant flowers as a living gift for their mothers.

Mother’s Day Vouchers
Have pupils create a booklet of colourful vouchers that mothers can redeem for special favours or activities. Vouchers could include things like “Breakfast in Bed”, “Hug Vouchers”, or “Room Cleaning Vouchers”.

And here’s one more, as we felt compelled to include this fantastic activity…

Interview a Supermum
Have learners come up with a list of questions to “interview” their mothers about their favourite things, cherished memories, or funny stories. This information can be compiled into a class presentation or individual projects.

In conclusion, celebrating Mother’s Day in school can be a joyous occasion filled with creativity, collaboration, and love. These Mother’s Day activities offer a variety of ways to engage primary school children in celebrating their mothers within the school setting. May this Mother’s Day be a memorable and heartwarming celebration for both children and their wonderful mums.

If you liked this read, you may like to read Sparking Creativity in KS1: Twelve Writing Activities for Primary Children in Year 1 and Year 2.

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