This Mother’s Day creative arts activity for preschoolers includes instructions, procedures, supply list, learning objectives and sample verbal cues.
Early learning goals for toddlers include creative development. “The creative arts, including music, movement, dramatic play, puppetry, painting, sculpture, and drawing, are a crucial part of early childhood. Not only do the arts allow children to express themselves, but creative activity can enhance development of children’s skills in literacy, science, math, social studies, and more” according to “ Spotlight on Young Children and the Creative Arts ” by Derry Koralek [NAEYC, 2015]. Art, therefore, nurtures creativity.
Preschool teachers and daycare providers have the opportunity to promote creative development by providing art activities that explore media and materials and encourage imagination. This craft activity is perfect for Mother’s Day as makes a precious, personalized gift. It is an excellent example of an opportunity to foster expression, to encourage spontaneity in material usage, and to introduce children to textured materials.
This Mother’s Day lesson plan includes the materials list, preparation instructions, and procedures for this activity. It also includes age appropriate learning objectives and samples of the simple, supporting verbal cues necessary to encourage participation and support learning.
Mother’s Day Hand Print Towel Materials
For each child, you will need:
1 Dish Towel
Wet paper towels
Butcher paper or newspaper
Cover the surface with butcher paper or newspaper to protect the table.
Add fabric paints to paper plates and place them on the table.
Set out all the other materials
Procedures for Mother’s Day Hand Print Towel
- Invite the children over and explain to them that they can decorate a beautiful towel for mom for Mother’s Day.
- Lay the dish towel flat on the table. Encourage the child to press one hand in the paint color of his choice, making sure that the entire palm is covered.
- Help the child place his hand flat on the dish towel, pressing hard so that the entire surface of the palm touches the dish towel. Next instruct him to lift his hand straight up.
- Now, immediately use a wet paper towel to wipe to remove the fabric paint. Repeat on the other hand to create a total of two hand prints.
- Use the fabric paint and paint brush to write “Mommy’s Helping Hands, 2018” or a similar sentiment along with the year on the dish towel.
- Allow to dry completely.
Hand Print Towel Learning Objectives
To provide the opportunity for expressive activities by encouraging the children to create a handprint towel.
Verbal Cue A: “Today we are going to a make and decorate a hand towel for Mother’s Day!”
Verbal Cue B: “I have lots different paint colors for you to use”.
To encourage spontaneity in material usage by allowing the children to choose handprint and print colors.
Verbal Cue A: “Which colors would you like to make the handprint?”
Verbal Cue B: “I like the colors you chose for your towel!”
To promote the sharing of art materials to foster social interaction and cooperation
Verbal Cue A: “Let’s take turns using the paint brush.”
Verbal Cue B: “Can you let Lucas use the red paint?”
This Mother’s Day craft activity is a creative arts project that children ages 3 and older will certainly enjoy. Use a wide variety of colors and encourage children to come up with a sweet message for Mom.