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Old 04-11-2011, 05:41 AM
 
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Needing some ideas for my students to make thier mothers for Mother's Day. We have about 23 students each in first grade and are wanting something inexpensive. We have to purchase these items ourselves.

We have done hand print towels, hand print tiles, flower pots. Any other ideas?


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Old 04-11-2011, 05:45 AM
 
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The salt dough ornaments are the greatest and cheapest way to make really cute things. With some creative cookie cutters, and clear sealant, the kids can paint the ornaments or use markers to make flowers that can be hung as a windchime. A picture of each student can be glued onto the center of the flower - spread white glue over it all and it will dry clear and shiny.
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This sounds like such a fun idea. What do you use for the chimes?
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:11 AM
 
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We wrap a pen in floral tape and wrap a flower in the top so the moms can have a unique writing tool.
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:41 PM
 
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I do this. I'm sure I got the link from someone here on PT. The original had a piece of fruit like an orange, but that was too expensive so I just do the tea bag, napkin, and breakfast bar (I get the ones at Kroger that are like $1 a box) in the bag. The kids love it - it's like a "real" present to them.


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Old 04-11-2011, 10:24 PM
 
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I stole this from somewhere but am not certain where.

We make butterflies. Have the students put either food or liquid water colors on a spread out round coffee filter one drop at a time (or as close thereto as they can control). The next day they gather up the dry filter, squishing or pleating in the center to form two wings. The center is inserted into the moving end of a spring loaded wooden clothes pin. Add a half pipe cleaner/chenilled wire twisted onto one of ends of the pin that open and stick a magnet strip on the bottom.

Its a butterfly that can go on the refrigerator and hold the student's work to display for all to see.

You can often get the coffee filters, coffee filters, and pipe cleaners at the dollar store or other outlet. I keep my eye out at Christmas to get metallic pipe cleaners to save until May.
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:23 AM
 
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I buy a set of foam frames (relatively inexpensive) from Lakeshore Learning. The middle has decorations that get placed around the border of the frame. I punch out the middle so the kids can just pull off the backing and design their frame. I write Mother's Day 2011 across the bottom. I get the picture developed at CVS, so that's pretty cheap. The kids love it and there's no mess. Photo gets glued on!
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:10 AM
 
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Last year I took pictures of my kids and printed them in black and white. Then glued them to card stock, tied a ribbon and glued a poem to the back. It was pretty easy and the moms loved them!! Last year my son was in first grade and his pic is still on my fridge.
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Can you post the poem? I would appreciate it. It sounds beautiful!
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:00 PM
 
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We make pins using Crayola's Model Magic, a heart shaped cookie cutter,a jewelry pin, acyrilic paint and a top layer of Modge Podge (I think that it is what it is called). These pins turn out adorable and the Mom's really love them.


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Old 04-12-2011, 03:14 PM
 
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Depending on what I feel like working with the kids on I have a couple of things I choose from.

a keychain: leather string, wooden beads, an inexpensive key ring. I attach the leather with a lark's head knot. The kids slip on whatever beads they want and I tie the end knot. Very fast, but mom's have loved it.

a pin: I buy foam hearts that are assorted sizes, flat plastic jewel hearts, pin backs. The kids pick 2 or 3 different foam hearts, put them in whatever overlaping design they want, place the jewel heart, I hot glue them together and hot glue a pin back on. Not quite as quick, but the kids love picking the colors and the hearts their mom's will like.
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Old 04-12-2011, 04:50 PM
 
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I like to multi-task...One of our science standards is observing plant growth. So I have my students plant flower seeds in a small clear Solo cup ($1.99 pack of seeds from Wal-Mart and a $3.97 bag of potting soil). We spend the next 5-6 weeks observing and recording the plant growth in our science journals. The week before Mother's Day, we will decorate the cups with multi-colored tissue paper squares, ( $3.99 from Oriental Trading) painting over them with watered down Elmer's glue which leaves the tissue paper with a glossy finish. They turn out really cute and are cheap! I usually have the kids decorate a white paper bag for wraping.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:52 AM
 
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I love to plant flowers too, but Spring break is right before Mother's Day!!! Great idea with the tissue paper. A.C. Moore also has good crafts. Teacher discount 10% and al ot of coupons e-mailed and in flier.
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:33 PM
 
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It isn't any certain poem - I tend to change it every year. I have used the handprint poem when we made handprint banners. But this year I think I am going to use a song. I know it would melt my heart if my son came home and sang a Happy Mother's Day song. Here is where I found them.
http://www.dltk-holidays.com/mom/songs/index.htm
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Old 04-13-2011, 03:41 PM
 
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I've done the butterfly with the coffee filters but use the craft style clothespins or old fashioned clothespins. I buy peel off magnetic strips (dollar store) to place on the back after pushing 2 coffee filters that have been dyed up into the clothespin...this makes for 4 nice full wings and these clothespins are bigger. I have a hand drawn body that I have typed on the words "Butterfly, hover near my mother; Tell her that I dearly love her" and this is then glued onto the top of the clothespin. Hope this makes sense????
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Old 04-14-2011, 02:55 AM
 
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Need:
pie tins - we asked parents to send in
quick-crete (it's only a few dollars a bag) - a couple of bags (depends on class size how many you need - usually 2 is plenty)
patio paint/outdoor acrylic
paint pen

Mix the quik-crete, pour into pans, kids put their handprint in, let dry at least overnight. We usually let them dry over a weekend.

Once dry - put a couple of drops of patio paint in the handprint - kids paint their handprint to make it stand out.

Teacher writes student name & year with the paint pens.

Moms LOVE these. They are the only gift parents have ever commented/thanked me for. (Sad - but true)
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:05 AM
 
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My children make an accordion book card. Each page is written and illustrated about their mother. (Mom makes the best _____. Mommy always ____) I usually don't give them the starter sentence unless they need it. The things they say about their moms are precious. Then I have the kids make "beautiful paper" with paint and I make book covers out of it to put on both sides of the little book. The last step is to tie it with a ribbon.
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:17 AM
 
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any ideas for a recipe book?? Ive seen them done before and they look cute.
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Old 04-16-2011, 05:57 AM
 
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Try Little Giraffes. She has a cute recipe book.
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Old 04-17-2011, 06:30 AM
 
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Found this on a first grade blog. Not mine. I think, whoever made it their name is on it.

Each child draws a picture of his/her mom, completes the writing activity, and glues the picture to the back of the writing activity. Student picks Mothers' Day label (2-3), cuts out and glues to writing activity or picture. The picture and writing activity are then laminated for durability.
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Old 04-21-2011, 07:02 AM
 
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Perfect! I love the idea and the font!
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