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Creative Gifts for Mother’s Day (or any day)

It’s been some time since Perkins Paths to Literacy featured this idea from Education World but it’s still shoe-er good for kids in grades K-5. Just take one of the child’s old shoes, paint or decorate the shoe, insert a plastic bag with potting soil, and add ivy or another plant. Also on Paths to Literacy, Liz Eagan, a TVI from Texas, shared how she guided her second and fourth
grade students through making 3-D art and cards with Braille for their moms. Click on Liz’s byline and you’ll find pages of her blog postings and strategies – every one worth a read.

Egg cartons, pipe cleaners, and hundreds of creative ideas with handprints appear on crafts for kids websites with Mother’s Day themes. Personal Creations is a site that gathers creative Mother’s Day ideas from around the world for kids to make – many of them projects that use tactile objects. Make a teacup card for Mom from an egg carton, pieces of pipe cleaner, flower cutouts and glue, and don’t forget to include the teabag. A cheerful bookmark features popsicle sticks, buttons, and felt or foam flower shapes. Egg cartons make the fun at Easy Peasy and Fun, which has two styles of cards for younger children and those whose art skills are a level up. The Best Ideas for Kids include making cards with celery bottoms and those rascally pipe cleaners. A tutorial video accompanies each of their offerings. Happy crafting!

For those who aren’t crafty, there are traditional Mother’s Day to-dos like breakfast in bed or brunch, but for some virtual gift ideas, Country Living suggests a playlist of Mother’s Day songs, taking a virtual garden tour, ordering a to-go painting kit for an at-home paint-off or a wine selection for a virtual tasting, interviewing Mom or Grand-Mom using tips from Story Corps, or exercising in a virtual class.

Opting for the garden tour? Go to YouTube for a Weekly Walk around Central Park’s reservoir. While it’s not audio described, the host gives enough detail about the flora, fauna, history and architecture to make it worthwhile. Central Park Conservancy in New York City offers the Weekly Walk every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. ET. The roughly half-hour sessions are free and interactive via Zoom, so register for weekly reminders with a link to access all Weekly Walks going forward. You can also catch the walks on-demand via the Conservancy’s YouTube channel.