Let's Celebrate Mother's Day with Kids
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Mother’s Day is coming May 11, 2014. I don’t think we necessarily need just one special day to celebrate what mums contribute to our society, but it never hurts to take a moment to reflect.
Here’s one perspective on how kids see the difference between their mums and dads:
Here’s a Message for Moms from Kid President.
One of my favourite children’s stories is Are You My Mother? Here it is on video. This is a great story to read and discuss with your kids on Mother’s Day.
There are lots of other books I like about mothers:
Books I’ve reviewed
I Spy Mum by Janeen Brian
The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate by Margaret Mahy
Your Mother Didn’t Do That by Sharon Holt
My Mum’s the Best (story app) by Bruce Whatley
Books I know and like on Booko, a great website for finding better priced books
Piggybook by Anthony Browne
Where’s Mum by Libby Gleeson
I Love my Mum by Anna Walker
My Mum Says the Strangest Things by Katrina Germein
Hey Mum I Love You by Corinne Fenton
Mummy, You're Special To Me by Laine Mitchell and Kim Fleming
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
Wednesday's Children's Book Review at The Book Chook will be of How I Love You by Anna Pignataro. If you live in the USA, check out Scholastic Parents' list on Books That Celebrate Mom.
One of my students’ favourite books about mothers to ask me to read aloud was Love You Forever. This was simply because they knew I would cry while I read it! Do you have any favourite books about mothers?
Looking for some fun activities you can do to celebrate Mother’s Day? Why not have your children try some Mother’s Day Handprint Crafts.
Another excellent activity to share with your kids is to help them try to create a comic about Mother’s Day. For inspiration for mine, above, I read some jokes online. Then I created a single frame comic at ToonDoo. You could ask kids to think what’s special about mothers. Do they have amazing powers? Eyes in the back of their heads? Incredible stain-dissolving saliva? Able to do almost anything with one hand? Exaggerate and draw Mum, then write a caption for your picture.
WordPack is a nice app to consider if your kids would like to add text to a shape with an iPad. Once text is added, it's a simple matter of customising by choosing shape, colour, font etc. You can see an example of a WordPack I made for Mother's Day, below.
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