I love kid-created crafts. While my usual philosophy for kid-art is that it is about the process, not the product, Mother's Day is an exception. As both a teacher, and the orchestrator of gifts for Grandma, it's a challenge to come up with projects for Mother's Day presents that are both kid-created, and nice. This project is one that is super easy, and contains just the right balance of kid-made and worthwhile end product.
In searching for a Mother's Day gift to make with an elementary school art class I teach, I came across this idea at dollarstore crafts. It is a perfect project for those millions of cd cases that just aren't useful anymore. Because I wanted the gift to be kid-created, I made a simple calendar template that can be printed and decorated. Click here to download the template. My version is a 12-month May 2011 to April 2012 Calendar.
If you prefer to make your own calendar, you can do it easily with either Photoshop or Word. I made mine in Word, with each month measuring just smaller than 120mm x 120mm.
Once you print off your pages, just cut them out and decorate. You can use crayons, paint, markers, stickers.... the sky is the limit! I cut my pages too small, so I mounted them on black construction paper which works too.
When your kids are finished, simply open up the cd case, and slide in the new calendar pages. Ta-da!
This little gift can sit on a desk, and cheer up any Mother's workspace. As an added bonus, it is small and flat, perfect for mailing to (grand)mothers who happen to live far away.
Happy Mother's Week everyone!