Activity:

Mom Coupons

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What You Need:

  • Sheet of lined paper
  • Pencil or pen
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or ribbon about 7–10 inches in length

What You Do:

  1. Discuss ideas for the coupons with your child. Ask him to think of things that are unique about his mom. What could he do for her to show how much he appreciates her? Help him make distinctions between what he likes and what mom likes. For example, he could think of things like "Water your favorite daisy plant" or "Clean my room without complaint." Help him write down his ideas on the lined paper.
  2. Help him cut the construction paper into several even shapes, from rectangles to flowers to hearts. Encourage him to name the shapes as he cuts.
  3. Now ask him to write one "mom coupon" statement on each paper shape.
  4. Punch two holes about an inch apart at the top of each coupon.
  5. Have him stack all the coupons on top of each other, making sure the holes all line up.
  6. Invite him to thread one length of yarn or ribbon through the holes in the coupons and tie in a bow at the front to create a coupon book.
  7. Encourage him to present his coupon book to mom on Mother's Day to show her how much he loves her. Mom is sure to love her thoughtful coupon book.

Don't want to throw away the coupons after they've been redeemed? Turn them into art by using them for a colorful shape collage.

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