In our opinion, every day should be Mother’s Day! Moms, aunts, grandmas, older sisters, and all other mother figures deserve to be celebrated all year long, but especially on Mother’s Day and Mother’s Day weekend.

To help you get into the spirit of the holiday, we’ve rounded up our favorite Mother’s Day activities for kids, preschoolers, and families so that all of the moms and mother figures get the love and recognition they deserve. Plus, don’t forget to check out the wonderful activities our educators are offering on Sawyer all month long!

Mother’s Day activities for kids

Celebrating Mother’s Day with fun activities your children can enjoy is one of the best ways to make the most out of the holiday. Bonus points if the activities result in a DIY card or gift that can be given to their mom and mom figures for Mother’s Day.

Dive into arts and crafts

Children love arts and crafts, so take that love and turn it into a fun Mother’s Day activity! Here are some of our favorite Mother’s Day crafts for kids:

  • Make flowers out of paper. Make Mom a bouquet that lasts forever by crafting it out of paper. Use our guide to help you get started.
  • Paint a flower pot. If there’s a caregiver in your child’s life who has a green thumb, a hand painted flower pot is a great Mother’s Day craft. Interested in gardening with kids? Check out our guide!
  • Create origami hearts, swans, and more. The caregiver in your child’s life will swoon over a beautiful origami art piece. Learn more about the benefits of origami for kids.

Create a Mother’s Day card

Cards are not only wonderful expressions of creativity but also great opportunities for children to express their love for their moms and mom figures. Working together to make Mother’s Day cards is a great activity for kids and families to enjoy. Try some of these fun and different Mother’s Day cards:

  • Super Mom printable card. Use this printable Mother’s Day card to help your child tell the moms and mom-figures in their lives why they are superheroes. They can color the card and fill in the blanks.
  • Poem card. If you have an older child, they can write a poem for their mom and put it on the front or inside of a card. They will love the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and their mom will love seeing their child’s heart on the page.
  • 3D Mother’s Day card. With help from adults, children can decorate, cut out, and put together a 3D Mother’s Day card.

Make a DIY Mother’s Day gift

We’re not saying gifts are necessary, but they are certainly a nice addition to celebrating Mother’s Day. Making the gifts yourself as an activity with kids or the whole family is a fun way to get everyone involved and keep the cost down. Try one of these DIY Mother’s Day gifts:

  • Mother’s Day coupons. These printable and customizable Mother’s Day coupons are the perfect gift from children. They can fill it out themselves with items like chores with no grumbling, foot rubs, and after dinner cleanup or they can use the ideas we’ve already provided. 
  • Beaded bracelets. Taylor Swift has brought back beaded bracelets in a big way. Break out the beads and create a beautiful bracelet for the moms, aunts, big sisters, grandmas, and other mother figures in your child’s life!
  • Framed pressed flowers. Pick flowers with your child and then press them between books or anything heavy. You can microwave them if they are being pressed between something heat resistant (like pots or pans) to speed up the process. Then, put them between the glass on a picture frame and give a beautiful gift.

Mother’s Day activities for preschoolers and toddlers

With preschoolers and toddlers, you need to choose activities that they can handle developmentally. Remember: Their hand eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and attention spans are not as developed as older children. Here are some of our favorite Mother’s Day activities for preschoolers and toddlers.

Work together on a craft

Younger children require more support with arts and crafts. Try one of these easier craft ideas with your toddler:

  • Decorate a picture frame. This is one of our favorite Mother’s Day crafts for toddlers and younger children. You can purchase an unfinished picture frame from Michael’s for $1 and then let your child have fun with paints, markers, sparkles, tissue paper, and more! Don’t forget to fill it with a beautiful photo of your child and their mom.
  • Fingerprint hearts. This is another great Mother’s Day craft for toddlers and little hands. Have your little one dip their fingers in red, pink, and white paint to make a heart out of their fingerprints. You can use it as the front of a Mother’s Day card or give it as an art piece. Looking for more heart crafts? Try making hearts out of paper, too!
  • Butterfly handprint card. Trace and cut out your child’s hand 2 different times on colored cardstock paper and then cut out a cylinder in a different color, which acts as the body of the butterfly. Then, let your child decorate with pom poms, markers, sparkles, pipe cleaners, and more. Write a nice note on the other side to share your love and gratitude.

Get outside and have fun

In May, the weather should be perfect for outdoor activities with your little one. There are so many benefits of outdoor time for toddlers, older children, and of course, adults, too! Here are some of our favorite outdoor activities for your toddler and family that you can enjoy over Mother’s Day:

  • Go on a hike. Get outside and explore somewhere new! No matter where you live, you can enjoy walking around, discovering new plants and animals, and taking fun pictures. Try exploring small hiking trails, public parks, or even a new neighborhood!
  • Have a picnic. Bring some sandwiches, snacks, and drinks to your local park, beach, or even just the backyard! The change of scenery will be welcome and a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with your family.
  • Get messy. Head outdoors for messy crafts like t-shirt tie dying, splatter painting, chalk art, and more. Check out our full list of outdoor crafts for kids and toddlers.

Try a caregiver and toddler class

Formerly known as mommy and me, caregiver and toddler classes are open to all adults and children. They are great for bonding, making new friends (for both the parent and child), and exploring new types of activities. Here are some common caregiver and toddler classes that might pique your interest:

  • Yoga. Stretch yourself and your little one with caregiver and adult yoga. Practice downward dog, lotus position, and of course, child’s pose together. There are so many benefits of yoga for kids, learn more about them in our guide.
  • Music. When toddlers participate in music classes with their caregivers, they develop sound distinction and sensory awareness, stronger communication skills, and create meaningful connections. Check out our guide for more information about the benefits of music classes for kids.
  • Dance. Let’s boogie! Toddlers have no inhibitions and they love to see the adults in their lives attempt to get to that level. Taking a caregiver and toddler dance class can help you both have more fun, feel more free, and bond.

Mother’s Day activities near me

Did you know that there are thousands of wonderful educators who offer enriching activities for children of all ages on Sawyer? You can find Mother’s Day activities near you by going on Sawyer and searching around your neighborhood. Then, sign up seamlessly and get ready to have fun with your family!

Looking for more Mother’s Day fun? Check out our article with kids crafts for Mother’s Day, including printables, gifts, and much more.

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