Mother’s Day Parent-Child Art Activities

Celebrate Mother’s Day with an afternoon filled with fun-filled mom and child crafts. From painting to printing and more, you are sure to have a blast.

Fill your Mother’s Day with imaginative art projects. Spend some quality time with your little one, designing special crafts to display or keep as a memento of the day.

Mother’s Day Painting Project

Enjoy the fresh spring May weather during Mother’s Day by working on a mommy-child outdoor painting project. Set up an easel on the patio, use a picnic table as a work space or simply set a piece of paper on top of a tarp (or newspapers) on the ground.

Work together to draw a pencil sketch of what you see. Talk to your child about the trees, flowers, animals and other features found in nature. Make sure to alternate drawing so that both of you equally contribute to the picture.

Use verbal encouragement to guide very young children who may struggle to draw what they see. Instead of taking over and doing it yourself, ask your child what shapes she sees or to draw different types of lines (i.e., zig zags, horizontal, vertical). Praise your child for her effort.

After the drawing is complete, pour tempera paint onto a palette or washable art tray. For an added lesson in color stick to the primaries (red, blue, yellow) and white to mix a rainbow full of different hues. Grab a brush for yourself and your child and take turns coloring in the drawing.

Set the painting aside to dry. When your masterpiece if completely dry, frame it or mount it on a sturdy piece of poster board to display as a Mother’s Day memory.

Mom and Child Print Making Art Activity

Build a beautiful bouquet or a garden full of fancy florals in this unique Mother’s Day parent-child project. Pour a few different colors of tempera paint onto a washable art tray. Use green for leaves and stems and other assorted colors as flower petals. Create puddles that are large enough for both you are your child to fit at least one finger in.

Help your child to press a finger or finger tip into the paint. Start with the green and build up from the flower’s stem. After your child’s finger is coated in paint, gently press it down onto white construction or drawing paper to make a print. Continue, repeating this process, to make a line of green fingerprints (i.e., stem). Add more green paint prints as leaves and finish with an assortment of different colored flower petals.