Kids, making things. This could get messy, but we promise, these top kid-friendly DIY gifts won’t mean they’ll be sitting around making you do all the work. Though we can’t guarantee it won’t get messy. Sorry ‘bout that.
Admit it, dads. You’ve been blessed (ahem) with kids who want to get their art on and make something special for mum.
Clearly, you’ve just booked yourself in for a Saturday in with the kids, some glue, and loads of colouring pencils. Take heart, this could be fun. And at the end of it, your little one will have a pressie for mum that will have her smiling from ear to ear over just how ‘thoughtful’ your child’s made gift is. And secretly, she’ll know you put in the effort to ‘help’ them make it, and will be thankful later in the evening...
Right. Enough beating around the bush. You don’t have much time before Mother’s Day arrives, so here are our favourite make-your-owns for the little ones to get stuck into:
The Mother’s Day card
This is an oldie and a goodie. All you need is a good piece of card and a pack of coloured pencils. Give them a good start by cutting out a nice straight rectangle, fold it in half, and get them to write ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ on it. Whatever they do in terms of decorating etc. is up to them. TV time, right?
The Mother’s Day photo
Couple of ways you can approach this. First: get the kids to go nuts with the camera and print out a series of photos of them. Now, the delivery. This is up to them. They could make Mum an album out of pieces of card tied together with some string, or they could go for the DIY photo frame. Get them (mmmm, maybe help them) cut photos into the shape of love hearts (awww) and paste them onto a piece of a4 paper. Then slot this into an a4-friendly frame and voila! Instant framed photo memory.
The Mother’s Day bake off
Here’s one for older kids who like to get busy in the kitchen. Need a life hack? Use the packet stuff, all you need is a few extra ingredients, and it’s really a foolproof formula of mixing, heating the oven, and waiting. If they insist on baking from scratch then you’re in trouble look up a recipe online with a decent amount of 5-star reviews behind it and follow it to a T. Alternatively, YouTube clips are AMAZING.
Preferably something that she won’t cry over when she sees it covered in glitter and glue (i.e. Jimmy Choo shoes and Prada bags). Stick with something simple and cheap like her sleeping mask and let them make it ‘dazzle’. If they’re quite adapt with cloth and glue, they can even make their own sleeping mask for her by tracing a template using two plastic cups next to each other (trust us) onto a piece of felt. Do this again with a piece of satin, glue the two together, and then attach and elastic to the ends.
Want something easier? Try wooden pegs or even a glass jar. Give ‘em a good working space (not the garage, anywhere but the garage!), enough paint for them to cover the jars (but not enough for them to cover themselves), and let them decorate to their liking. They can even write their Happy Mother’s Day message on the jar. Or, go for the cheesy, and ask them to write ‘Best Mum in the World’. That’s sure to make her keep it around all year long.
If nothing else, try and convince them to take that tenner again and go rampant at the shops. Couldn’t hurt, right?