Mother’s Day is always early in term 2 so we rush around like crazy in the first week or two making gifts for our mums and setting up our room for our annual Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea. This year Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 13th May. We will be celebrating Mother’s Day the Thursday before. We love to pamper our mums on this day. We set up different stations around the class. There’s a foot massage station, a nail painting station and a paper flower making station amongst others (EYLF 1.3.6 develop their social and cultural heritage through engagement with Elders and community members). My Education Assistant and I make coffee or tea plus provide afternoon tea for the mums as we believe its important for the mums to be able to rest and relax. We also find its a valuable way to build partnerships with families. (EYLF Principle 2)
This year I’ve been tossing a few ideas around for our Mother’s Day gift. There’s a few factors we have to consider: how much it costs, how hard is it to make, will the mums like it/use it, have we done this gift to death etc.
Now much as I love the handprint poems I am really, really, really, REALLY over them. So I try and think up something that I, as a mum, would like and find useful but that is not too expensive for us to produce. I have a classroom budget of $400 for miscellaneous things throughout the year. This has to cover cooking ingredients, gifts for Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. So I try and keep each gift to around the $2-$3 mark per student.
Last year we made some brooches from cardboard, string and rice. The year before we hand made tea bags. We bought tea leaves and separated them into batches. We flavoured the tea with rose water, lemon essence and cinnamon and left them to steep for a week or so. Then we used squares of cheesecloth to make our teabags. We put a little key inside the boxes to show which flavour each tea bag was. We attached a larger butterfly cut-out, in a matching colour, to the tea bag in order to be able to dunk the tea bag and pull it out again.
I’m still not certain what we will be making this year but I have a few ideas in mind. I’ve been collecting ideas on my Mother’s Day board on Pinterest.
I found this poem too which I think has potential as a gift idea.
Seeds of Love Poem:
These seeds are here for me and you,
And Mummy, here’s what we can do:
Together we’ll look until we’ve found
A spot to plant them in the ground.
With rain and sunshine, don’t you know,
Our flowers, like our love, will grow.
A precious reminder our flowers will be,
That I love Mummy and she loves me!
What are you doing for Mother’s Day this year?