Are you looking for an easy gift your kids can make for Mother’s Day? One that doesn’t require tons of prep work but every mom will adore and cherish forever? Then you’re in the right place! This Mother’s Day thumbprint keepsake is always a huge hit in my own classroom.
Mother’s Day Keepsake Kids Can Make
After years of making Mother’s Day gifts with kids in my own classroom I have learned what parents appreciate and like the most. Parents love keepsake gifts that incorporate any or all of the following: their child’s picture, and their child’s hand prints or fingerprint art projects.
Keep reading to learn how you can make this super easy kids craft for Mother’s Day, or any special occasion. This is an easy keepsake kids can make and parents will love!
Mother’s Day Thumbprint Keepsake Supplies
Here are the supplies you’ll need to make this thumbprint keepsake craft with your own kids:
- Green tissue paper or shredded paper
- 1 craft stick or straw per child
- 1 small flower pot or cup per child (whichever your budget allows)
- Photo of each child
- Glue stick
- Paint (color and type of your choice)
- Construction paper
- Marker or pencil
Thumbprint Keepsake Set-Up
First, trace and cut out hearts from a variety of different colored construction paper. If you have a die-cut machine and a heart shape, you can use it to save time. If your children are older, you can invite them to cut out their own hearts.
Next, print one photograph of each child in your class. This will look best on glossy photograph paper, but it will be fine if you use regular paper or cardstock.
Now you’re ready to invite a group of children to gather at a table and start making their keepsakes for Mom.
How to Make a Thumbprint Keepsake for Mother’s Day
Start by inviting kids to select a heart in the color of their choice. Then they can use their thumbs to paint thumbprints on the front of the heart. If you’re using real flower pots they can also add their thumbprints to the pot. You may want to do this project over two days to allow the paint to dry.
After the thumbprints are dry, write the words “Thumbody Loves You” on each heart with your marker. If you prefer, you could print the phrase on your computer and cut and paste the phrases on the hearts. You could also write the phrase directly on the pot or cup itself.
Then, your kids can glue their pictures to the front of their hearts. Next, have them tape a craft stick to the back of the heart.
Now invite them to crumple up a sheet of green tissue paper and place it in their cup or pot. If you’re using shredded paper, invite them to place it in their pots.
Finally, have kids place their heart “flower” into the pot or cup.
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