Best Mother's Day Activities and Lessons

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in your classroom with these fun, free, and modestly priced resources. Whether your students are making personalized cards for the special moms in their lives, or looking for some fun coding and STEM activities, the ideas and tools here can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. 

Best Mother's Day Activities and Lessons

Mother’s Day 2023
The history of Mother’s Day is not all rainbows and butterflies. In fact, founder Ann Jarvis was appalled at the commercialization of Mother’s Day and worked against it in her later life. Learn how Mother’s Day history touches on the Civil War, the early peace movement, women’s suffrage, and other crucial topics of the 19th and 20th centuries. High school lesson idea: Ask your students to research and write about different societies’ attitudes toward mothers over the past two millennia. 

10 Mother's Day Celebration Ideas for School
Mother’s Day offers the chance to bring the expressive arts into your classroom. Ranging from reading and writing assignments to decorating vases, these activities are aimed at primary and middle school students, and are easily implemented.  

Teachers Pay Teachers: Mother’s Day Computer Activities
An outstanding collection of classroom-tested Mother’s Day resources created by educators. Search by grade, standard, subject, price (always modest), and resource type. Not sure which is best? Sort by rating, and find out what your fellow teachers think are the most effective lessons. 

Famous Mothers in Art and Literature
Why not broaden the Mother’s Day school commemoration to recognize famous mothers who contributed to creative culture? Could be a perfect tie-in with your language, history, and art curricula. 

Mother's Day Hands-on Activities
Explore this extensive collection of lessons, printable worksheets, games, activities, and other teaching resources for Mother’s Day, sortable by grade, subject, and type of resource. Free accounts allow limited downloads, while paid accounts start at $8/monthly. 

Top Teaching Tasks Mother’s Day Google Classroom Digital Activities
An inclusive and customizable set of digital Mother’s Days activities, adapted for both British and U.S. English. Works in both Google Classroom and Microsoft One Drive, and with devices including Chromebooks, iPads, and Android tablets.

Digital Mother’s Day Gift
Educator Jennifer Findlay shares her digital Mother’s Day Top Ten greeting card/slideshow, available in four themes. This is a great way to help kids express appreciation for their mother while practicing their writing skills. 

Mothers In The Movies
Mothers in the movies have been at times lionized, at times demonized—and at times portrayed as the complex humans that they are. Peruse this article to find excellent material for discussions in high school social studies and psychology classes. 

Mother's Day Activities & Resources
Comprehensive selection of Mother’s Day lesson plans, fun facts, and stories for K-12 students. Includes an excellent teacher's guide that provides questions, writing activities, and assignment ideas.

Mother's Day Lesson Plans
A dozen lesson plans for Mother’s Day, ranging from tracing the family tree to arts and crafts to Mother’s Day science projects. While the lessons are simple and easy to implement, these are nonetheless thoughtful and creative.   

Sharing Kindergarten Digital Mother’s Day Ideas
The pandemic highlighted the ingenuity of so many educators, who had to adjust on-the-fly to the restrictions of remote learning. Whether you’re back in the classroom or still teaching remotely, these are five great ways to help younger students honor their moms through reading, writing, and artwork.

Mother’s Day Online Quizzes, Games, and Worksheets
Ideal for youngsters and English Language Learners, these activities include picture vocabulary, word jumble, Mother’s Day crossword puzzle, and more.  

Crafty STEM activities for Mother’s Day
18 super-fun Mother’s Day-related activities that students will enjoy. Tell a story with a homemade flip book, create a family portrait mobile, or make an edible gift for Mom. Ever heard of a thaumatrope? Learn how this unique toy from the past was used – then make your own. 

Mother’s Day And Father’s Day In The Inclusive Classroom
Not every kid has a mother in the home, so it’s crucial to make sure all students are included in Mother’s Day activities without causing them shame or distress. This article by educator Haley O’Connor offers lots of good ideas for creating a meaningful, inclusive Mother’s Day lesson, and links to her digital Mother’s Day resources. 

Tynker Celebrate Your Mother Using Digital Storytelling
Have kids hone their coding skills while creating digital stories and cards for Mom. What's better than combining STEM and SEL?

Digital Mother’s Day Cards that Kids Can Create
Step-by-step directions guide teachers and students in creating adorable digital Mother’s Day greetings. This highly rated digital resource is only $3.50, a small sum to compensate the teacher who created it. 

Mother's Day Fun Facts and Teaching Guide
You may have never thought of the U.S. Census Bureau as a curator of Mother’s Day knowledge, but as one of the most prolific U.S. government data collectors, the Bureau serves as a vast repository for facts and data about U.S. residents. While students peruse the downloadable Fun Facts, teachers can employ the accompanying Teaching Guide to create engaging Mother’s Day lessons.

Story Corps Stories to Celebrate Mother’s Day
A genuine and touching celebration of the relationships between mothers and kids. Consider offering credit to students who record their own Mother’s Day conversations on the StoryCorps website

Best Digital Resources for Teaching Poetry
Use these top poetry resources to quickly devise a lesson combining poetry writing with the celebration of mothers. Students can write original poems or research published poems about motherhood. Customizable Mother’s Day Cards and Music Quiz
These customizable coding activities from the reliable and free offer something for every kid and every mother, from flowers to Teddy Bears  to a music quiz for moms  

Diana Restifo

Diana has been Tech & Learning's web editor and contributor since 2010, dedicated to ferreting out the best free tech tools for teachers.