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31 Mother’s Day Projects for Kids (Gifts, Crafts & Activities)

by Jean Van't Hul
April 4, 2021

These Mother’s Day projects for kids include handmade gifts, art projects, and crafts. Everything you need to celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day, including activity ideas for the day itself! (Plus this list is adaptable for grandparents, teachers, dads…)

31 Mothers Day Projects for Kids Collage of Ideas

Updated April 2021

Mother’s Day is around the corner and it’s time to make gifts, crafts, and cards to celebrate the moms in our families.

Handmade tokens of love, in other words.

Frankly, many of the gifts in this post (and they are mostly gift ideas) can be easily adapted to Father’s Day gifts, gifts for beloved aunts, uncles, and grandparents, and even teacher gifts. But it’s Mother’s Day at the moment (almost) and so we’ll just call them Mother’s Day gifts for now.

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31 Mother’s Day Projects for Kids

The funny thing is that most of my readers are the moms in the family. And the moms are often the ones searching for arts and crafts ideas and fun activities for the kids.

But as I’m writing this post I’m hoping that those same moms are being taken care of by others in their lives – dads, friends, teachers, aunts, grandparents, etc – and that someone is searching for Mother’s Day gift ideas and helping the kids create thoughtful cards and gifts if help is needed.


queen mom portrait for mother's day

4 Mother’s Day Art Projects for Kids

These art projects make beautiful gifts for Mom!

  1. Queen Mom Mother’s Day portraits painted by kids
  2. Make a tape resist artwork that says MOM or I Love You
  3. Make and decorate a framed artwork with beaded handle
  4. Paint lace to make a beautiful DIY wall hanging
air dry clay lace hearts

12 Handmade Gifts for Mother’s Day

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These are gifts that kids can make or help make.

  1. Create a book of kids’ artwork
  2. Make a lace heart ornament (or set of magnets) with air dry clay
  3. Make glue batik eye pillows or napkins
  4. Use this kit to make a set of art magnets for the fridge
  5. Create a beautiful suncatcher from plastic pony beads (or one like this dreamy mobile on Babble Dabble Do)
  6. Make beautiful, decorative paper plate bowls
  7. Make a hand-painted bead key chain (on Meri Cherry)
  8. Or a handprint keychain with shrinky dinks plastic (on Grey House Harbor)
  9. Make little DIY notebooks with artwork covers
  10. Create an air dry clay hand dish (on My Poppet Makes)
  11. Use this free printable to fill out and make a book for Mom (on hello, Wonderful)
  12. Gift a T-shirt with child’s artwork (on No Time for Flash Cards)
flower crown for mother's day

6 Flower Crafts for Mom

Four of these are gifts and two of them are Mother’s Day cards.

  1. Make Mom a flower crown
  2. Pick and arrange a special bouquet of flowers (perhaps begin with an invitation to create with flowers)
  3. Make an egg carton flower pin (on Pink Stripey Socks)
  4. Create a bouquet of vibrantly colored coffee filter flowers (on Fun at Home with Kids)
  5. Make a tissue paper flower card (on hello, Wonderful)
  6. Try a pop-up flower card (on Red Ted Art)
Self Portrait Art with Toddlers - Great gift or keepsake!

4 Photo Gifts for Mom

Photos are always good gifts for mothers!

  1. Even the littlest kids can make self portrait art when they start with a photo
  2. Make a painted rock photo holder (on Buggy and Buddy) and gift with a photo
  3. Decorate a frame and use it to frame a child’s photo or a photo of Mother and child together
  4. Assemble a photo cube for Mom, perhaps with some photos and some of the child’s artworks
map of my heart

5 Mother’s Day Activities for Families

These are fun activities to do with Mom on Mother’s Day!

  1. Draw or paint “maps of your hearts” together
  2. Try an interactive heart drawing activity
  3. Bring Mom breakfast in bed with a bouquet of flowers, a nice napkin, and a Mother’s Day card. How about blueberry muffins, homemade doughnuts, or raspberry scones?
  4. Cook a favorite family recipe together (Or try something new! May I suggest the best cherry pie recipe ever?)
  5. Garden together. Perhaps today is a good day to begin a bean pole teepee! Or work on a smaller project, such as a windowsill flower pot or a bowl of interesting succulents.

How about you? What are your favorite Mother’s Day projects for kids? Or Activities to do together on Mother’s Day?

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