You can use this lesson plan and craft in your church around Mother’s Day. It helps kids understand how they can show God’s and be a blessing to their mothers.
The text for this lesson is Ephesians 5:1-2 which refers to all believers as ‘beloved children’. This lesson includes a Mother’s Day craft idea that draws from the lesson. You might also enjoy our printable Mother’s Day coloring sheets.
Bible Passage: Ephesians 5:1-2
Bible Story Title: A Fragrant Offering on Mother’s Day
Target Age Group: K – 5th grade
Target Time Frame: 25 – 35 minutes (lesson + craft)
Original Teaching Context: Children’s Church
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Learning Objective: The children will understand how being an imitator of God and walking in love is a fragrant offering which can be lived out practically toward their mothers.
Materials Needed: Craft Sticks, Markers (black and green), Yellow Construction Paper, copies of flower petal template on white paper, and glue.
Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
For an easy craft idea to accompany this lesson, check out our Mother’s Day Coloring Pages in an easy to print format. These are perfect for kids to color in for their moms this weekend. They include a simple prayer, “God, I am thankful for Mommy!”
- The teacher calls up one student to play a game of “Copycat” in which the child will copy/imitate whatever the teacher does. The teacher can do a series of active movements and silly faces.
- The teacher asks, “What is child’s name doing?” “They are copying me or imitating me!”
- Did you know God wants us to imitate Him?”
- “Open your Bibles to Ephesians 5. Let’s read verses 1-2.”
- “Verse 1 says we should be imitators of God, so we should copy what God does or who God is.”
- Brainstorm with the children making a list on the front board of how we should imitate/copy God.
- “One way verse 2 says we can imitate God is to “walk in love”. When we walk in love we are a fragrant offering to God.”
- “What does walk in love mean?”
- “What does fragrant mean?”
- “What does offering mean?”
- “Today is a special holiday. It is Mother’s Day! Did you know you can imitate God and be a fragrant offering to Him by how you act toward your mother?”
- “What are some ways you can imitate God and be a fragrant offering for Him toward your mother?”
- Make another list on the board using ideas from the children.
- “To remember what you have learned today you are going to make a flower for your mother because flowers are fragrant!”
- Children will make Mother’s Day Flower Craft as a reminder for how they can be a fragrant offering for God toward their mothers.
Mother’s Day Flower Craft
Craft Objective: To be used with lesson on Ephesians 5:1-2 and given to mothers as a Mother’s Day gift.
- Craft Sticks
- Markers (green and black)
- Yellow Construction Papers cut in circles
- Copies of Petal Template on white paper for a daisy (hand drawn or use this as a template)
- Green construction paper for leaves
- Color the craft stick green. This will be the stem of the flower.
- Write along the craft stick in black ink “fragrant offering”.
- Glue the yellow circle on one end of the craft stick as the flower’s center.
- Cut out five white petals.
- On each petal write one promise of how you will be a fragrant offering for God toward your mother. You should have five promises all together.
- Glue the white petals along the edge of the yellow circle.
- If time, the children can cut out and glue two green leaves onto the craft stick.
- For K-2, have promises pre-printed on the petals so children only need to choose and glue the petals. This will save time with writing.
- K-2 children may also need assistance writing “fragrant offering” along their craft stick.
- Use large craft sticks as this will make for easier writing and gluing. Plus the bigger the flower, the bigger the smile on mom’s face.