If you asked me who my favorite picture book authors were, Eve Bunting and Jan Brett would top the list. So a book by both of them? Oh. Yeah.
I love this book for several reasons. 1) Eve Bunting and Jan Brett. 2) The mice are called Biggest, Middle, and Little and I have always called my 3 boys Big, Middle, and Littlest. So they used to think the book was about them. 3) It shows littles that a gift from the heart is more important on Mother’s Day than anything they can get at the store. 4) It exhibits for littles that a mother loves all her children and does not (cannot) pick favorites.
If you’re like me, Mother’s Day has sneaked up on you this year because of that whole May Day falling on a Sunday thing. Whereas I thought we had a couple weeks, Mother’s Day is Next Sunday. And your littles want to make gifts for their mamas and grandmamas. And you want your littles to read a book and do some awesome activities. So let’s get to it.
Activities for Mother’s Day Mice
In the story, Little Mouse comes up with a new song for Mother based on the tune to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Songs are just poems set to music, so here’s a good chance for your little to practice some poetry. If she doesn’t want to write new lyrics to that particular song, have her pick another, such as Rock-a-bye Baby, Old MacDonald, or even Bingo. There’s a free download in my subscriber freebies for a page on which to write a song, including some pretty flowers and butterflies to color. So your little can sing his made-up song and give you or his grandmother a copy to keep. Yeah yeah.
There are so many Mother’s Day cards you can make to go with this book. Let’s make a couple. It’ll be fun.
This one is so cute! And since a dandelion is one of the gifts Mother Mouse receives, it’s a great way to celebrate the book as well as Mama.
What you need:
- White and green craft or tempera paint
- Light blue construction paper
- A couple Q-tips
- A couple toothpicks
- Other paints
What you do:
- Cut your construction paper in half so your card isn’t enormous. Put aside one piece for a later project or if you have 2 littles, give half to each
- Have your little fold her card in half.
- Using a Q-tip and green paint, paint a stem in the middle of the card towards the bottom
- Use a toothpick and white paint to paint the base of your seed heads at the top of your stem
- Paint a few wind-blown seed head bases above and to the right of your main flower
- With a new Q-tip and white paint, dab round seed heads atop your bases
- You will need more round seed heads than bases on the main flower. Make sure your dandelion looks full.
- Write Happy Mother’s Day on the front of the card with markers, paint, glitter, whatever your little wants to use.
- Everybody knows you can’t blow the seeds off a dandelion without make a wish, so write “I hope all your wishes come true,” on the inside.
How freaking cute and easy is that? I love it!
What you need:
- 3 yellow chenille stems
- 1 white chenille stem
- 1 green chenille stem
- Construction paper or cardstock of your choice
- Craft Glue
- Markers, glitter, etc.
What you do:
- Again, you want to cut your paper in half so that your card isn’t too big. Have your little fold it in half and set it aside.
- Cut a 2″ piece from the white chenille stem
- Cut a yellow stem into thirds (they will be about twice the length of your white piece)
- Make an X with 2 of your yellow pieces, then place them atop the third.
- Twist them together at the center.
- Place your white piece at the center where the yellow pieces are twisted, and twist the yellows once more around the white piece. It should look like this:
It’s not quite a honeysuckle flower yet…
- But once you’ve folded back the tips of your yellow ‘petals,’ it is much more flowery-looking!
- Repeat the process using the last two yellow chenille stems so you have 3 flowers
- Next, cut your green stem down to fit on the front of your card. Bend it slightly to make it look more vine-like. Add a line of glue along the back
- Glue the green ivy stem onto the card front.
- Choose where you want to place your flowers along the vine and place good-sized dollops of glue on those places
- Add your honeysuckle flowers
- And a message
- Don’t forget the inside.
Is that not the cutest 3-D Mother’s Day card ever?!
We’ve used all the gifts from the story so far but one. That leaves us with only one option for our food for this Story Time.
Now, there are lots of ways to make this scrumptious desert from scratch, but this is for Mother’s Day, so I’m not trying to make it Harder on you, Mama. Instead, let’s take the easy route with something even your littles can do (mostly) on their own.
What you need:
- 1 package shortcake (my faves are the round ones most grocery stores sell right by the strawberries this time of year)
- 1 pint strawberries
- 1 16-oz pouch strawberry glaze
- Whipped topping
What you do:
This is easy peasy.
- Slice your strawberries vertically into 4-5 slices each, then drop them into a large-ish bowl.
- Cut open the strawberry glaze and pour it over the strawberries. Mix well.
- Place a shortcake round on a plate.
- Cover it in glazed strawberries (however much you like–it’s your day!)
- Top with whipped topping (Again, as much as you like, Mama!)
Eat that. It is scrumptious.
I don’t know about your littles, but mine tend to want a little direction when it comes to making me something for Mother’s Day. They’re boys after all, and they would rather be getting dirty than crafting. I hope this Story Time gives you and your littles a few precious moments together and you’re left with all kinds of awesome keepsakes at the end.Happy Mother’s Day, all you Mamas. You’re the best!
If you’re looking for other adaptable crafts that are fitting for Mother’s Day, check out these past Story Times: