Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Mother's Day Cards and Picture Frames

We made two different crafts at this activity: A mother's day card and a picture frame. I took pictures of the girls at a previous activity and had those available for this night.

For both projects we used pre-cut blank cards with envelopes, fingerpaint, markers and colored pencils.

I found this cute idea for Fingerprint cards online:

Flower Card
1. Use acrylic craft paints to paint a child’s pointing finger. Use this for the center dot of each flower. We used pink, blue and purple for our centers.
2. To make the petals, paint the thumb first, apply it to the paper. Next paint the pointing finger and apply it to the paper. Repeat this process for each finger so that there is a different finger for each petal. Repeat for each flower
3. Use a small paint brush to add the stem, then use child’s thumb to create the leaves.

Heart card
1. To make the heart card, begin by very lightly drawing a simple heart onto the construction paper.
2. Next, squirt out some paint onto newspaper or paper plate. Have child dip the tips of their fingers into the paint and press onto construction paper following the heart shape. Use a contrasting color to fill in the heart.
3. Use crayon or marker to write “Happy Mother’s Day” on the card.

Love card
1. For the “love” card, have child hold their right hand in the shape of an “L”. Be sure it is their right hand and not the left. Paint the “L” shape portion of their hand and help them to press it onto the paper.
2. Have the child make an “O” shape with their hand, paint it, then press to the paper.
3. Paint the child’s pointing and middle finger for the “V” and press onto the paper.
4. Using the child’s pointing finger, paint then press to the paper for the long side of the “E”. Paint the top part of their pointing finger to add the horizontal lines of the “E”.
5. Use a crayon or marker to write “Mom is” above the word “Love”.

Picture Frames:

I pre-cut a square hole out of the front of each of the blank cards about the size of the picture I printed out of each of the girls.
The girls decorated the frame with paint, markers, etc
The pictures were printed out on paper with adhesive already on the backs but regular photo paper and glue or double-sided tape will work as well.
Stick the picture to the inside of the card, making sure that the picture shows through the hole well.
Glue the card shut

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