This Mother’s Day craft for your elementary church classroom is a great way to say, Thanks, Mom! And kids will learn new things!
Overview: Children will honor their mothers by creating paper chains describing some of the things their mothers have taught them.
Scripture: Proverbs 1:8-9
- a Bible,
- watercolor markers,
- transparent tape or a stapler
- at least twenty one-by-four-inch strips of colored paper for each child,
- and one two-by-eight-inch strip for each child.
Give each child at least twenty paper strips. Provide several watercolor markers for kids to share.
Say: Since we’re celebrating Mother’s Day this week, we’re going to think about our mothers today. On each slip of paper, write one thing your mother has taught you.
If kids have trouble, spark their thinking with ideas such as how to eat, how to dress, how to turn on a faucet, how to open a door, and so on.
After kids have completed their strips, have them make paper chains by looping each strip with another strip then taping or stapling it to create a “link.” Then demonstrate how to make a chain into a necklace by looping the ends together. Have kids put their paper chains around their necks.
- How did you feel as you thought of all those things your mother has helped you learn?
- How important are the things you’ve learned from your mother?
Say: The things we’ve learned from our mothers have helped us become who we are. God wants us to keep learning from our mothers just as we already have.
Have someone read aloud Proverbs 1:8-9. Ask:
- How can a mother’s teaching be like a garland for your head or a chain for your neck?|
- What does the paper chain you made do for your appearance?
- How does your chain honor your mother?
Have children each write on a two-by-eight-inch strip of paper a message thanking their mothers for all they have taught them. Then tell them to loop the strip around the necklace and let it hang from the chain like a pendant. Encourage kids to give the necklaces to their mothers.
Wrap up your devotion by thanking God for all that mothers teach us.