Print this fun coloring page for kids to color this Mother’s Day! Download the coloring page here or share this link with families if your church is meeting virtually.
Mother’s Day is coming up on May 7! Use this free download to help kids create a special gift for their mom.
Any woman who has lovingly poured her life into children is worthy of being noticed on Mother’s Day. Nancy Cornwell shares three ways to show them appreciation. –Jana Magruder
Mothering a child does not require having birthed or raised a child of your own. And there are many of those women in your church.
This year, encourage the children in your preschool and kid’s ministries to think of these women. How can they express their gratitude for the mentors in their life who may not have children of their own? Take a few moments on Mother’s Day, or in the days leading up to it, to think of simple acts of service children can perform to show their appreciation.
Here are a few ideas:
• Make a handmade card with a special drawing included.
• Take the time to help walk them into the church building if you see them in the parking lot. Open doors for them and help them up the stairs if needed. Offer to carry their bag or Bible.
• Give them a hug and say, “Thank you!”
Nancy Cornwell lives outside Nashville, Tenn., with her husband and two daughters. She is the content editor for ParentLife magazine and enjoys working in the preschool ministry at her church.
Mother’s Day is one of those special occasions that can baffle dads and teachers when it comes to helping kids prepare something unique for Mom. Be careful to keep the activity simple and totally the work of the child. The overriding purpose is that the activity/project provide for an emotional touch by their child’s own “hands.” Consider one or more of these:
Encourage children to “make” with their hands the Mother’s Day gift of their choice. This can include drawings, paintings, pottery…most anything made by the children’s hands, NOT the teacher’s!
Invite children to “write” with their own hands a love note. Some of Mom’s most treasured keepsakes can be handwritten notes and letters. Suggest that the child decorate an envelope in which to place the note. Including one of Mom’s favorite Bible verses is a meaningful addition.
Provide an opportunity for the child to create a project with his/her handprints. These can be traced handprints, cutout silhouettes of hand prints glued onto paper or card stock with additional drawings/dates/notes or even handprint impressions on plaster of paris molds.
Help the child gather the necessary ingredients for a surprise breakfast, snack, or meal. Many kids will like to create and cook up a special treat for Mom.
Plan a week full of “secret” acts of kindness. Kids can make a list of one action a day the week before Mother’s Day to show love. Suggest that the child place a note with an “I love you” expression or a Bible verse close to the spot of kindness — cleaning his/her room, a small vase of hand-picked flowers, a cold bottle of water with a note, making a bed, watering plants, and so on.
And don’t forget Mom’s absolute favorite … a hug for no reason at all!
Jerry Vogel serves as a Childhood Ministry Specialist in Lifeway Church Resources. He is married to Janie and has four children and twelve grand kids. Jerry is a member of Brentwood Baptist Church and teaches preschoolers there. He is committed to enriching the lives of those who teach kids as well as making eternal investments in the lives of children.
Moms love personalized gifts. Whether they’re handwritten notes, handcrafted artwork, or homemade cookies, gifts mean more when time and energy are expended. Help kids celebrate Mother’s Day with the coloring pages below. After the kids finish coloring, encourage parents to hang this priceless artwork on their refrigerators and remember how blessed they are to be mothers.
Mother’s Day is one of those days that just has to be celebrated. It’s a rare opportunity that kids and husbands have to focus on the woman that brings so much to their lives. She is the one who loves us, the one who fixes our hurts, and the one that never stops cheering for us! The problem is, many of us dads aren’t so great at helping our kids honor mothers on Mother’s Day! That’s where #KidMin can come in to help.
Lifeway: Kids has created three great Mother’s Day cards perfect for use in your ministry. Each of these cards can be created with a black and white printer and coloring supplies. Feel free to “bling” them up as much as you want!
Card 1: Mom is a Lifesaver
Additional Supplies Needed: Individually Wrapped LifeSaver(R) Candies. (1 per card)
Card 2: Mom – The Seed Sower
Additional Supplies Needed: Small packets of flower seeds. (1 per card)
Card 3: Mom of Character
Jeff Land loves Life! That’s pretty great, because his job here at Lifeway is the Team Leader forBible Studies for Life: Kids. Jeff loves his life which is so blessed by his amazing wife, Abbey, and their four sons, Reed, Nash, Will, and Tuck. A natural encourager and fun-lover, look for Jeff’s posts about teacher appreciation and game ideas. When not serving at work, Jeff serves 2nd graders at his church, First Baptist Church, Joelton, TN.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day. I know – not a newsflash. But I want to talk about another big event that often takes place on this important day — Baby Dedication. Or, as I really like to call it – Parent-Child Dedication.
I prefer that title because this service can be so much more than an opportunity to announce the birth of a child! I worry sometimes that parents participate in a dedication service because they get caught up in the excitement of showing off their new little one. What my hope for that young family is that this will be a celebration of life but also a time of solemn commitment where the parents pledge to be and do all they can to raise that child and help her to be all God wants her to be.
This day can also be a great reminder to your church congregation of their responsibility of surrounding that new family. A time, where we as church members realize that we’re to come alongside and mentor, support, and advise when we can and assist in teaching and guiding their children.
There are so many great ways to celebrate this commitment. I’ve seen:
- Services where all families with babies born during the past year were committed on one day;
- Services where each child is celebrated and dedicated on his own unique Sunday;
- Services on Saturday night;
- Parent Brunches;
- Older siblings dedicated, who for various reasons had not participated in a service before;
- and so much more!
Here are four resources from pastors who have unique ways that their churches have performed this service.
If you have a special way you celebrate this service in your ministry, please share a comment with us! Although it may be too late for this year’s Mother’s Day, you might give someone a great idea for a future date!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Moms do so much to take care of the kids in our ministry. They are the ones in the trenches each day, teaching, loving, nurturing, and discipling their kids. And many of them even volunteer to make children’s ministry happen at our churches!
Do you organize a special Mother’s Day project for your kiddos to create at church for Mother’s Day? Why or why not? If you have a link to a fun Mother’s Day craft, please feel free to share it in the comments section!
Here are 4 easy (preschool-friendly) Mother’s Day projects you can prepare for this coming week:
1. This handprint bouquet from Trendy Treehouse is adorable and super easy!
2. Here’s another way to say Happy Mother’s Day with a flower from Preschool Playbook. Each petal represents something the child loves about his or her mom!
3. This easy peasy color-your-own-picture from Bitsy Creations. Click through to download the full-size sheet.
4. Wayway Girls’ Crafts has step-by-step instructions for this “I love you because…” book for moms!
BONUS IDEA! If you or a church member has a hydrangea bush or any other type of flowering plant and can spare enough blooms, have enough for each child to hand to his/her mommy!
As you plan your projects for Mother’s Day, here are a few coloring sheets you may want to throw into the mix! We hope you and your kiddos enjoy them as much as we do!
To download all four coloring sheets, click here. To download them individually, click the link above the image you’d like.