It’s Mother’s Day season, and every year I feel like I’m never satisfied with the gifts I have my kinder give their Mommas. I’m always second-guessing myself. Is it meaningful? Will they like it? Will the kids love doing it?
But this year I think I hit a home run! My students loved this project, and I am delighted with how they turned out. And best of all . . . It was very easy.
I got the basic premise of the idea East Coast Mommy Blog. She had asked her sons a variety of questions about their dad, took their pictures, typed up the answers onto the photo, and placed them in a frame for Father’s Day. Well . . . here’s my spin on it . . . Mother’s Day style.
It was a great idea, but I knew I couldn’t swing $3-4 each for a ‘cheap’ frame. So instead, I decided to put my love for washi tape to work. I went and picked up one of those wooden craft frames from Michaels that are $1.00 each (minus my 10% teacher discount, of course) and had each of my students paint his or her frame with white paint.
The white paint helps make the washi tape colors that you put on it really POP! It can be done without painting the frames, but I just don’t think it looks as good.
In the meantime, while the paint was drying, I got to work taking pictures and my students got to work finishing these sentences about their mom.
“My mommy really loves . . . “
“She is really good at . . . “
“I love to . . . with my mommy.”
“I love my mommy because . . .”
When the pictures were done, I edited them using PicMonkey (you DO know about right? PicMonkey: crazy-awesome photo editing It’s only the best photo editing online site you could hope for . . . be sure to check it out! PicMonkey: crazy-awesome photo editing )and wrote their answers right onto the photo.
To finish up the frames and justify the washi tape addiction I have, students were able to choose two different rolls of tape to cover their frames.
They worked in an ABAB pattern to cover the frames completely.
The finish product was pretty great. They easily got the technique down, and really think their moms will love this Mother’s Day keepsake.
What do you think? Is this a gift you would want to get from your kindergartener on Mother’s Day? I can’t wait to hear what you think.
Happy Mother’s Day to all my favorite moms out there.
Darling idea! I would love a frame like that, so creative.
Sherry Lumpkin says
What a cute idea!!!! I love it!
I’m going to do this next year, love it!
Jennifer White says
First Grade Blue Skies
Hit it out of the park!! Great gift!!