With Mother's Day approaching, here are a few fun ideas for students to make that incorporate literacy, creativity, and fine motor skills.
Start with a Card
All moms want a heart felt card at the very least on Mother's Day. Make sure the cards are high contrast for our students who are visually impaired and incorporate braille for our students who use braille for reading. Textured cards involve a more multisensory approach and a handprint is always a fun idea. Use sand in the paint when making the handprints for extra texture.
This fun idea to make for Mom is from the Make and Take website that makes flowers last more than a week and gives students the opportunity to put their own personal touch on in. Directions at website.
The website This Tiny Blue House is filled with fun ideas and has over 99 Mother's Day craft ideas and many are appropriate, or can easily be adapted, for our students with visual impairments.
Make a Potted Plant and Decorate the Container
Plants can last a long time and are easy to put in a container as a gift. The container can be decorated not only with paint but textured items too. My students made me one that has lasted years and they used their fingerprints to make butterflies and ladybugs on it.
Make a Personalized Book or Adapt A Book
Books personalized with pictures, poems, even a coupon for a loving act like doing a chore, can also be a great Mother's Day gift. You can also braille a published book with clear braille lables to promote braille literacy.
Here is a link with 27 Mother's Day books available in print.