Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mother's & Father's Day Craftivity Freebie

They're not quite dry in this picture, so the colors aren't as bright & vibrant as when finished,
 plus my lighting was terrible. :(
 Every year I have this dilemma about what to have my students give their moms for Mother's Day.  I always want something sentimental, but also not something tacky that parents will want to throw away but feel obligated to keep.  I want something that they'll want to display.  In past years I've had my kiddos make bead bracelets, or paint miniature birdhouses, but I taught at a private school which provided a fund alloting a few dollars per child specifically for Mother's day, so this year it was the same gig just on a tighter budget.  I had a student give me these magnets for Valentines Day this year, and they were easily my favorite gift.

 It got me to thinking, "We could make magnets for Mother's Day!"  And they're SO cheap to make.  My dad and nephew had a birthday recently, so I did a trial run.  Here's what I did:

1. Purchased:
  • glass beads at the Dollar Store (~30-40/package/$1) 
  • mini cellophane bags (40/$1)
  • magnets from the local craft store using a 40% off coupon (55 magnets/$3 w/ coupon). 
  • I already had Modge Podge.
Total cost to make 150 magnets (~5 or 6/student): $12.  Talk about a deal!

2.  Typed up this template - good for Moms & Dads, Mother's & Father's Day (Get it for FREE HeRe!)

3. Colored the Background and letters (I used colored colored pens and pencils on the first one, and highlighters on the 2nd)

4. Traced the beads onto the words/pictures that I chose to use, then cut them out.

5. Painted Modge Podge onto the back of the bead, then stuck the paper on, and painted over the back of it too.  Then I let them dry for a while (couple of hours) before adhering the magnets.

I have magnetic sheets, and they hold up the magnets, but you cannot use the magnets to hang anything, so I recommend buying the round magnets.  Also, I just free-handed the Jackson letters with a Sharpie for my recently-turned-six year old nephew. He LOVED rearranging the letters to make other words out of his name, and putting them in order. A great literacy activity for young kids!  I think sometime I might make an alphabet!

I haven't quite decided if I'm going to have my students use the template or just write the letters and draw pictures like my student did for Valentines Day, but now if you want to, you can do it too!  I think they're pretty darn cute.

One more thing... I work with the Youth/Young Women at my church, and on Sunday I taught a lesson about loving/respecting/supporting our Fathers.  At the end of the lesson I had each girl make a card for their dad.  I usually make these with my students for Father's Day with my students during summer school.  They're super cute and easy to make.  I know father's day is a few months away still, but now you have a couple of ideas!


  1. Cute ideas! Don't you just love mod podge!

    Stop by sometime. I teach first grade.

    :) Tamera

  2. What a cool idea to make your own magnets!! Your blog design is really cute :)

  3. Check out review resources for all grades!

  4. Ooooh I love crafty things!! :)
    I am your newest follower so glad I found you :)


  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your beads! These are so cute. Will you give me permission to pin them on my Pinterest boards? I will definitely give you the credit on my blog and FB page. I would like to put them on the Mother's Day Board and either my Craftivities or Summer Camp Fun Board. These are adorable. I am your newest follower.
    Classroom Companion

  6. Thank you for your thoughtful comment on my blog. We are going to start chanting. :)
    Also, I LOVE your magnets. I want to try this!

    Second Grade Math Maniac Blog

  7. So cute! I have always wanted to make those magnets... if I can get it together in time I think we will do these for our mother's day craftivity! Thanks for the inspiration :)



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