Mothers Day is just around the corner so get yourself organised and ahead of the game this year, I have dozens of great ideas to share with you, we are going to start with the buying guide of our top 8 finds but then we will have worksheets for the kids to do, handmade gifts that are all super easy and even some great recipes for you too.
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Lets move on with some nice little things the kids can customise and give to Mum, maybe in place of a card? The first is a list of ten things you love about your Mum, I also made an American version too.
How about the home made touch? with most of these ideas the kids can help you make them too.
They are super simple to make and can be presented as a card or in a picture frame with the glass removed. Glue two, solid-colored cupcake liners to a 5×7-inch piece of blue paper. (Wonder Kids has a blue polka dot background ready for you, just click on the picture opposite.) Add a stem and leaves cut from green paper. Cut a 1.5-inch circle of the child’s smiling face from a photograph and glue into the center of the flower.
Handprint Sun Tote Bag
I love this idea, now with the (Hugely Successful) 5p bag charge everyone is taking their own bags shopping so why not personalise it? They are so easy to make and look adorable, plus the kids will love getting messy. Tip, if you are doing this in the house make sure you cover the floor with plastic sheets or paper.
I love this design the most, a large sun made with handprints. Quick tip, put some cardboard inside the tote bag as I found sometimes the paint can run through the bag. I have included a link to some decent blank tote bags below to help save you time but you should be able to find therein every craft store too. I painted my little ones hands and we followed all the way round in a circle, now this should leave a gap in the middle of the sun so I made my daughter close her fist and I put paint on the bottom side of her hand for her to stamp down. I would recommend using fabric paint but again a standard kids paint should work ok too. Once you have finished the giant sun design just set it aside and allow to dry. Once it's dry you can finish it off with some fitting text.
Celery Stamp Flowers
This is a super easy and cute craft that you can use as a craft onto a roll paper and use it as wrapping paper or even buy a framed canvas and create some wall art.
pink/purple paint or any other colour
green pipe cleaners
1. First cut the bottoms off of the celery. You’ll want to leave a little extra than you normally would so that it leaves enough of the stalks to form the flower. Try to cut as straight as you can. If you cut diagonally, the celery won’t be even when you are pressing down on the paper and the flower may not show up as easily.
2. Dip into your paint and cover the celery completely. We did try to paint the celery instead and we found that dipping into the paint was much easier. Have an extra piece of paper to stamp off some of the extra paint before stamping onto your art paper.
3. Stamp three roses beside each other. You may need to press firmly. If your full rose does not appear you may need to roll the celery stamp a bit to touch all parts of the celery on the paper.
4. Then take your green pipe cleaners and measure them for size on your paper. You may need to trim a little bit off before gluing down.
5. Glue your pipe cleaners down. Try a stronger glue like the one pictured above. Make a bow out of the ribbon and stick it on. You’re all done.
I nice little gift idea, wrap her favourite tipple in celophane and then use a hot glue gun to stick each chocolate around the bottle. This version then use a ribbon of hessian and some tissue paper to almost mimic flowers.
Yankee Candle Bouquet
Another super simple idea, buy a bunch of these yankee candle wax melts, this does of course require you to have a wax melt burner already so I have linked to some below just in case. You can then buy loads of fake flower baskets like the one shown above in supermarkets, the range and every other home deco type shop. The wax melts in the pic above have been hot glued to green straws and pushed into the fake arrangement which is normally just into some florists oasis.
So far we’ve had our top gifts for mum, some print outs for the kids to do and give to her and we have a brilliant range of home made gifts that she is sure to love but what about breakfast in bed? The toasted Breakfast cups shown below are what I use every year and the kids can even help to make them.
Toasted Breakfast Cups
Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Ask your little helper to grease 8 holes of a muffin tin with butter.
Push one slice of bread into each greased hole, moulding it to fit with your fingers (kids will love helping with this part!) – all four corners of the bread should be sticking up. Bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove and leave to cool a little.
Get the kids to put one slice of ham inside each cup, smoothing it out to make a lining for the toast. Crack an egg into each one and season well – best if you do this bit. Return to the oven for 10 minutes, or until the whites are cooked but the yolk is still soft*. Remove from the oven and ask the kids to scatter over the chives. Serve immediately.
I love French Toast on the odd occasion and I think it is one of those recipes that really surprises in the UK. Mum won't have this very often so give this a try.
12 rashers streaky bacon
3 thick slices of bread (white or brown)
75g (3oz) butter
Pinch of Cinnamon (optional)
Drop of Vanilla extract (optional)
Grill the bacon until crisp and keep warm. Lightly whisk three eggs, season (add the optional cinnamon and vanilla extract) and put in a shallow dish.
Dip bread slices in the egg and press gently to help it absorb. Heat the butter in a pan and fry the bread for 2 mins on each side until golden brown.
Cut each slice of bread into two triangles and top each with two slices of bacon and a good drizzle of maple syrup.
8 slices good-quality ham
8 slices Emmental cheese
2 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 tsp Poppy seeds
Preheat the oven to 190c. Slice the croissants in half lengthways. Place a slice of cheese on the base of the croissants, followed by two slices of ham and another slice of cheese.
Place the croissants on a baking tray.
Mix the honey and brown sugar together and brush on top of the croissants. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and place in the oven for 6-7 minutes to heat through.