Mother's Day - 2008, freebies

TOS has sent out another Friday freebie newsletter. This one focuses on Mother's day. So here are some Mom's Day activities for children to do.

A homemade card - this one actually looks kinda neat, meant for older children though I think as it's more along the idea of a scrapbooked card. As TOS says :
This card will be a lovely keepsake. There are pull out cards where the kids can write a list of the things Mom does for them. Then, there are three other pull outs (That spell out M-O-M) for your kids to write things they appreciate about you.
Some Mother's Day coupons. These are strips of paper that children fill out with things they will do if requested.

Homeschoolzone has a whole whack of mother's day crafts that children can make. From magnets to paperweights to plants. Check it out. :)

Other on-line resources (I just plugged mother's day crafts into the search engine and this is some of what it came up with).

Enchanted Learning is much like homeschoolzone in that it provides a variety of activities for children to do. and then there's Danielle's place and Dltk's spot. For some other ideas you can go here or over to amazing mom's.

If none of those ideas work for you do your own search and see what fun stuff you can come up with. :)

Happy crafting!

Oh......while I was at it I thought hmm...why not research how Mother's Day came about. This is what I discovered:

The majority of countries that celebrate Mother's Day do so on the second Sunday of May. On this day, it is common for Mothers to be lavished with presents and special attention from their families, friends and loved ones. But it hasn’t always been this way.

Only recently dubbed “Mother's Day,” the highly traditional practice of honoring of Motherhood is rooted in antiquity, and past rites typically had strong symbolic and spiritual overtones; societies tended to celebrate Goddesses and symbols rather than actual Mothers. In fact, the personal, human touch to Mother’s Day is a relatively new phenomenon. The maternal objects of adoration ranged from mythological female deities to the Christian Church itself. Only in the past few centuries did celebrations of Motherhood develop a decidedly human focus.

That makes me wonder....where is all the hullabaloo about Mother's day that there is about Hallowe'en? Both started from pagan roots. :)

Wikipedia says much the same thing:

Different countries celebrate Mother's Day on various days of the year because the day has a number of different origins.

One school of thought claims this day emerged from a custom of mother worship in ancient Greece, which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of Greek gods. This festival was held around the Vernal Equinox around Asia Minor and eventually in Rome itself from the Ides of March (15 March) to 18 March.

The ancient Romans also had another holiday, Matronalia, that was dedicated to Juno, though mothers were usually given gifts on this day.

In some countries Mother's Day began not as a celebration for individual mothers but rather for Christians.
Regardless of the history, Mother's Day today is just a day where we can say to the important women in our lives....hey thanks! what you do means much.

So happy crafting for Mother's day!

1 comment

  1. Great post. Thanks for sharing!

    Have you ever heard of SquidNote? It's a fun group greeting card site where you can have a bunch of people sign a card. You can even add a gift card for everybody to contribute to.



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