Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent, this year it is on Sunday 18th March (which is fast approaching!). Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family. Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers and cards to their mothers.
Craft activities are a great way to help children develop fine motor skills in a fun way. Here are some craft ideas for children to make for their mums that will encourage the development of these skills whilst making great presents.
You will need:
Pipe cleaners (preferably green ones or colour white ones green), coloured tissue paper,
scissors and sticky tape.
How to make them:
- Cut a strip of tissue paper about 15cm long and 3cm wide and cut a ‘fringe’ (lots
of downward snips) along it. This is a great activity for children just starting to learn scissor skills and self-opening scissors make this even easier.
- Wrap the strip of fringed tissue paper around the end of the pipe cleaner and secure with sticky tape – this makes the centre of the flower.
- Cut out several circles (or flower shapes for children with more advanced cutting
skills – right handed children should find it easier to cut it anti-clockwise and left handed children clockwise) of tissue paper – the more circles used the bigger your flower. If your child is struggling to learn to cut try dual handed scissors to help you guide them with your hand over theirs.
- Cut a small slit into the centre of the circle shapes and thread them all onto the
pipe cleaner (again good for fine motor skill development) and then secure with
- You may want to also cut out leaf shapes and attach these.
When you’ve made your flowers you can put them on the front of a card or make a whole
bouquet in different colours and put in a decorated yogurt pot ‘vase’ or tie with a ribbon (practicing tying a bow which is a useful dressing skill).
There are several fun ways of making flower cards using fine motor skills.
- Cut out flower shapes and stems and stick them onto a card to make a collage.
- Finger paint to make the petals of flowers.
- Scrunch up coloured tissue paper into ball and stick it within a flower outline.
- Cut paper (old flower catalogues are good for this) into small pieces and stick
them within a flower outline