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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 Activities & Resources (opens in new tab)
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.

Science Buddies: Are Fingerprint Patterns Inherited? (opens in new tab)
We get everything from our parents. Eye color, hair, facial features, and blood type are some of the best-known heritable traits. But did you ever wonder if your fingerprints are genetically determined? This fascinating hands-on lesson plan invites students to investigate a unique biological characteristic. 

Mother's Day Lesson Plans (opens in new tab)
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, they are nonetheless thoughtful and creative.   

Sharing Kindergarten Digital Mother’s Day Ideas (opens in new tab)
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 (opens in new tab)
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 (opens in new tab)
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. 

The History of Mother's Day: The Story of Anna Jarvis (opens in new tab)  
The story of Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day, is not a saccharine Hallmark greeting card, but rather a tale of war, charity, and regrets spanning two generations. An exceptional narrative for older students to reflect on and write about.   

Mother’s Day And Father’s Day In The Inclusive Classroom (opens in new tab)
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 (opens in new tab)
Have kids hone their coding skills while creating digital stories and cards for Mom. What's better than combining STEM and SEL?

15 Sites for Finding Images and Clip Art for Education (opens in new tab)
The best Mother’s Days gifts combine heartfelt expressions of love and appreciation with appropriate graphics to amplify the sentiment. Explore these top image sites for education to find the perfect selection for your students.

Digital Mother’s Day Cards that Kids Can Create (opens in new tab)
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. 

Top 10 Free Sites for Creating Digital Art (opens in new tab)
Browse these terrific and innovative free digital art sites, where kids can get extra inventive with their Mother’s Day education creations.

Mother's Day Fun Facts and Teaching Guide (opens in new tab)
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 (opens in new tab)
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 StoryCorp website

Best Digital Resources for Teaching Poetry (opens in new tab)
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. 

Code.org Customizable Mother’s Day Cards and Music Quiz
These customizable coding activities from the reliable and free Code.org offer something for every kid and every mother, from flowers (opens in new tab) to Teddy Bears (opens in new tab) to a music quiz for moms (opens in new tab)