You can create an awesome Mother’s Day experience for families during the COVID-19 pandemic with great ideas from childrensministry.com! You can easily adapt these ideas and activities for video presentation; simply provide parents with the easy supply list beforehand or assemble and deliver supplies to families beforehand.
Engage your children’s ministry kids in honoring moms with these 7 fun and exciting ideas to Celebrate Mother’s Day in your children’s ministry.
1. Bearing Fruit
Adaptation: Create individual kits of seeds, construction paper, and small crayon packs. On video, have kids work with you to create the cards and attach their seeds.
Give each child a packet of fruit or vegetable seeds and a sheet of construction paper. Ask a child to read aloud Galatians 5:22-23 about the fruit of the Spirit. Talk about these Scriptures as the children fold their papers in half to make cards.
On the front page of the cards, have children write the words, “Mom, you plant the seeds…” Inside the cards on the right-hand side, have children glue their seed packets and write, “…that’ll help me bear fruit for Jesus.” On the inside left-hand page of each card, have kids write the words from Galatians 5:22-23. Then have children sign their cards. Mothers will treasure this encouraging card.
2. Hats Off
Adaptation: Deliver kits to each family with supplies to make sandwiches, a bag of chips, beverages, and a fun desert. Invite families to join you for a picnic lunch (indoors or out) on video. Challenge them to wear the silliest hats they can find, and take turns sharing what they love most about Mom.
If you’re like us, you have a lot of moms who volunteer to teach in your Sunday school and give all they can in their ministries at home and church. They need your love, support, and encouragement as they struggle to balance the demands of all the hats they wear.
This year, have a Hats Off to You luncheon for this special group of volunteers. Ask your church’s men’s group or men in your church to serve the food and provide child care.
Before the event, collect enough big colorful hats for each teacher to wear one. Plan the menu and pray for an afternoon of affirmation and encouragement. Serve each mother a sandwich, a bag of chips, and a canned soft drink in a plastic hat (available at party supply stores). Dessert can be a cake in the shape of a hat with iced flowers and decorations all over it. During the meal, remind these mothers that God sees all they do to touch the lives of children with Christ’s love through the many hats they wear.
3. Song: My Mother Is So Special
Adaptation: Teach children this song on video a couple days before Mother’s Day. Then send a video meeting invite and have all your children serenade their moms.
Teach children this song to the tune of Oscar Mayer’s “The Bologna Song.” Have children sing this song to their moms during your worship service.
My mother is so special, she means so much to me.
She’s patient, understanding, and as gentle as can be.
She’s lots of fun to be with And she’s always there for me.
That’s why she’s a great example of J-E-S-U-S to me.
4. Mother’s Day Hats
Adaptation: Build kits to share with families that include a straw hat cut-out on card stock and decorative items such as buttons, ribbons, artificial flowers, and so on. Spend time together on video decorating the paper hats and writing messages for moms on them. Have children present their gifts to mom during another video time together or on Mother’s Day.
For Mother’s Day, our kids made a special craft for their mothers.
I purchased different styles and sizes of straw hats for $1 each, making sure I had enough hats for each mom represented in my class.) I asked ladies for donations of spare ribbons, silk flowers, buttons, fabric, and any other sewing notions that could be used to decorate a hat.
Our children each carefully chose from the decorations to design a hat for their mom. Many of them chose the flowers and colors their moms liked best. Once children decided where they wanted each item placed, they took the hats to one of the four “glue stations” where an adult secured the items with a hot-glue gun.
We added a card to each hat that said, “Hats off to you, Mom!” This activity was a hit with our moms and kids.
5. Give Mom a Hand
Adaptation: Present this message on video for children and families.
Theme: Mother’s Day Text: Proverbs 31:28-31
Preparation: In a box or paper sack, place different kinds of gloves. You’ll also need a Bible.
The Message: (Read the Scripture.)
Say: What does this verse tell us to do? God tells us to praise our moms and say great things about them so everyone will know how terrific they are! Today, we’ll give our moms a special hand. Gloves are good for lots of things. Let’s see how these gloves help us.
Give each child at least one glove.
Then say: Hold up your glove and tell how it reminds you of things your mom does. Our moms sure do a lot of different things!
Collect the gloves.
Say: Let’s pray. Dear God, thanks for our moms who work, play, clean, cook, and love us with their hands. Show us how to honor them every day. Amen.
Say: Now, let’s use our hands to praise our moms!
Lead kids in applauding for their mothers.
6. Confetti Sun-Catcher
Your preschoolers will enjoy making these special cards for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Help children fold a sheet of construction paper width-wise to make a card. With the card folded, draw a heart in the center of the card and help children cut out the heart shape through both thicknesses. Have children each unfold their card to reveal a heart-shaped “window” on each half.
With the inside of the open card face up, have children outline each window with a line of glue and cover each window with a square of wax paper cut slightly larger than the heart opening.
Have children cut or tear colored tissue paper into tiny chips or strips and carefully lay them on top of one of their windows. Do not glue the tissue paper to the wax paper.
Once more, have the children carefully outline one heart with glue. Keeping the tissue chips inside the window, help them each fold the top half of their card onto the glued half and seal the two halves together.
Punch two holes in the top of each card and thread an 8-inch length of yarn through the holes. Tie knots at each end of the yarn toward the back of the card. On the front of the completed confetti sun-catchers, help children write messages to their parents, such as “I love you. Happy Mother’s Day!”
Parents can hang their cards in front of a window to catch the sunlight.
7. Flowers for Someone Special
Adaptation: Deliver kits to families that include large macrame beads, small silk flowers, and a small tub of Play-Doh. Work together online to create the vases with another adult present, then encourage children to deliver their gifts to Mom.
Preschoolers will take pleasure in giving these flowers for Mother’s Day.
You’ll need large macrame beads, small silk flowers and Play-Doh.
Have children each select a bead and silk flowers. Then help them each fill their beads with Play-Doh. Afterward, help them stick their flowers’ stems into the Play-Doh in their beads.
The bead becomes the vase for the flowers. Encourage children each to give their gift to Mom for Mother’s Day.
Paula Jo Logan
New Stanton, Pennsylvania