10 Gifts that Kids Can Make for Mother’s Day

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Nothing says, “I love you” like a personal handmade gift from a child.  Whether it is a scribbled note, an abstract painting, or simple words of affirmation, kids delight in having something to give.  Depending on which gift you choose for your students to make, these gifts can be either treasured keepsakes or ultra practical.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, here are some gift ideas that kids can make.  These gifts are simple, take little time to prepare, and are budget conscious.  They are perfect for a children’s ministry setting.  Most kids will make their gift for their mom, but be conscious and sensitive to those children without moms in the picture.  Give other options like grandma, aunt, teacher, stepmom, etc.

Have fun creating, encouraging, and blessing the special women in your children’s lives. For more ideas, check out our idea board on Pinterest.

10 Mother’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make

1.  A Unique Flower Pot:  Recycle a can, a tissue box, a plastic bottle, or whatever you have on hand.  Have the children decoupage scrapbook paper, newspaper, magazine scraps, tissue paper pieces, or fabric scraps to the pot.  Plant a flower inside or attach a seed packet with a fancy ribbon or twine.

2.  A Framed Hand Print:  Obtain a hand print from each child.  Frame the hand print in a dollar store frame.  If budget conscious, construct a frame from cardboard and have the children paint it, decoupage it, or decorate it with buttons or spray painted puzzle pieces, or ribbons.  You could also make your own simple mat for the print for parents to frame on their own.  For an alternate activity, have the students create flowers or flower bouquets out of their fingerprints in bright-colored ink and draw simple green stems and leaves.

3.  A Jar with Ready Made Dessert Mix:  Have an assembly line ready to go with ingredients from a favorite cookie, brownie, hot cocoa or chai, or other dessert mix.  Help the children to add the correct amount of ingredients and attach the recipe to the jar.  For an added touch, have the students personalize an inexpensive wooden spoon with a sharpie and attach that too.

4.  A Decorated Journal:  Any simple notebook can be made into a gorgeous decorated journal.  Have the students decoupage the journal with assorted paper or fabric supplies.  If the notebook is a spiral one, have them tie on small pieces of assorted ribbon to the spiral to jazz it up.  Have older students personalize the journal with a note in the front.

5.  Homemade Beauty Products:  All moms need a chance to sit back and relax!  What better way to make them feel pampered than to be given a natural beauty product.  Have the students create a sugar scrub, bubble bath, homemade soap, face mask, or bath salts.  Recycle small jars for the products if budget conscious.  (Art teachers generally have an endless supply of such things!)

6.  Framed Photo of Their Child:  Have someone familiar with photography take a unique picture of the child.  The child can be holding up a cute sign that says something like, “You make me smile!”  The child can do the sign language sign for, “I Love You!”  Or, the child can be holding flowers out as if giving them away.  Have the pictures printed and framed.  (See above suggestions for frames.)

7.  A Coupon Booklet:  Either have older students create their own simple booklet of five coupons or print out coupon templates for younger children to color.  The coupons can be redeemable for a breakfast in bed, a clean room, a big hug, time spent together, simple chores, “a prayer for you”, etc.

8.  An Interview:  If you have the capability, make an audio or video recording of the child asking them specific, guided questions about their mom.  If not, write out these questions and answers and frame them.  You could ask about special things they do together, what they love most about their mom, how their mom makes them laugh, their favorite time together, their favorite meal that mom makes, etc.  Make sure to prepare the students first and have them brainstorm before the interview.

9.  Homemade Cards:  Simple white card stock can be sized, cut, and folded to create a small package of handmade cards.  Have the students decorate just the top of the cards with crayons, markers, or colored pencils.  On the back, write “Created with Love by” and have the student sign their name or initials.  Give each mom a pack of three to five cards, with envelopes, and tie them together to make a finished product.

10.  Munch Mix:  Moms seem to be on the go often!  Create a munch mix for them to eat on the run.  Have the students create a personalized mix for their mom, including:  M&M’s, salted, chocolate, or yogurt pretzels, a variety of nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, sesame sticks, Cheez Its, graham snacks, Chex cereal, etc.  Enclose in a plastic bag with a bow, a small brown paper bag, or clear jars or containers.

What are some of your favorite ideas for kids to make their moms? Share your ideas in the comment section below.


  1. Kathy says

    I also live in a country where many things used for the crafts are hard to come by…BUT….this page has been a tremendous blessing for our children! I have gotten many great ideas from it. I thank all of you who have to do with the ministry so much! Keep up the good work! If you do come up with ideas that would be a bit easier for poorer countries it would be a huge blessing. I pray that you will even be able to have this page translated into other languages! :) My husband and I translate Christian radio programs from English to Spanish and have found out that the funding in this area is much more adult oriented. We pray for that to change…our children are our future in the ministry! :)

  2. Cindy says

    If you tell me what materials the kids have access to like, bottle caps, news papers etc. I’m sure God will give me ideas for projects. I have one for making a “stamp” from a large, thick, leaf. This can be used to stamp the front of a birthday or other card. I will test this idea out using mud as my “paint” and see what happens!

  3. Rebecca kataate says

    Am so blessed by the site. i need help with the 13 to 16 yr olds who are stil in the children’s church

  4. Margarita says

    I love, love, love the prayer journal idea! We are going to do it tonight! Any ideas for good Scriptures or prayers to include?

  5. Esther Figueroa says

    I just recently found this site and have been blessed by the many ideas, etc. There is one thing though, as a missionary in a poor country
    I have noticed that many of the ideas cater to American children. Even the poorest american church or child has access to much more than our children. It would be nice to come up with ideas of things available to all. I realize that it would require some follow up and research but I think it would be worth the labor. Once again thank you for this wonderful ministry to our children all over the world.

  6. sorojanie williams says

    what I had my kids do for our Sunday School for Mother’s Day is we took a facial picture of the kids print it and cut it out then we have had them draw petals and decorate it with glitter and stickers. I bought some cardstock stensil flowers and had them glue it on the cardstock which we then stuck on magnets so their mom’s can put it no their fridge.

  7. says

    I think I will go with the journal idea but make it a prayer journal and include scriptures and a simple prayer for their child. I’ll have the scripture and prayers typed and cut out so they can choose the ones they want and glue them in the journal.

    Remember to keep the activity simple. SS should be about God’s Word first. I am going to teach about the 5th commandment and pray for our families.

  8. SuJo says

    These are lovely ideas – thank you. It’s not Mothers’ Day here (UK) but even so, I’m going to do some of these. They are great. Simple but practical.

  9. Brandee Bradshaw Dukes says

    I found a wonderful idea on pintrest! A mason jar with pieces of paper folded up,on those papers was 101 reasons why i love you mom,like “You read me bedtime stories”.Tie a ribbon around the lid and attach a tag that reads 101 REASONS WHY I LOVE YOU MOM. I love it and praying ill be able to do this craft in childrens church. God Bless:)

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