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3 Keepsake Mother’s Day Crafts for Infants

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Nothing is more special than you and your baby’s first mother’s day! Whether it’s your first child or your fifth, there’s just something exciting about celebrating this milestone with your family. What better way to celebrate than with a fun keepsake activity?

Mother’s day cards are a staple of childhood, but you usually don’t start seeing them until your little learner enters preschool. However, even infants can get creative with paint, making colorful cards and frames you can keep forever. And since they’re so young, these art activities are ones that you can do together! Here are three Mother’s Day craft activities for infants and toddlers from 101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make.

Play With Me Game Box

Who doesn’t love playing with their baby? This simple activity lets you and your child create a beautiful box for favorite games, toys, and more!


Making the Gift

  1. Pour some of the paint you want to use into the tray
  2. For boxes with a glossy finish, add a few drops of dish soap to the paint to help it stick
  3. Use a small roller paintbrush to paint the lid and sides of the box one color
  4. Allow the paint to dry completely
  5. Have your infant decorate the tops and sides of the box using the paint tools or their hands. Encourage them to experiment with smearing the paint and using different colors
  6. Once the paint design dries, personalize the box with a title like “Our Mommy and Me Box”
  7. Fill the container with rattles, stuffed animals, or homemade gifts and games


Foil-Etched Card

Add a bit of shine to your Mother’s Day card! This activity is truly a collaborative effort, with you and your baby making the design with paint and foil.


Making the Gift

  1. With the paint tools or their fingers, have your baby paint the piece of foil wrapping paper. Encourage them to cover the whole surface in bright colors
  2. Let the paint dry for a couple of minutes
  3. Using the handle of the paintbrush, etch a design or drawing into the painted area, revealing the foil underneath
  4. While the paint finishes drying, fold the construction paper in half to create a card
  5. Have your baby write a “message” on the inside of the card with the marker. This may just be scribbles or a simple drawing
  6. When the paint is dry, glue the foil wrapping paper on the front cover of the construction paper card
  7. Create a border around the edge of the card using foil stickers or scraps of ribbon


Polka-Dot Frame Card

This simple card can be personalized with a picture of your little learners! What better gift than one that reminds you of them at this age?


Making the Gift

  1. Beforehand, prepare the frame cards by folding the cardstock in half to create 8 ½“ x 5 ½” cards. Cut a 3 ½” x 3 ½” square or circle in the center of the front of the card.
  2. Place a sponge in each shallow container and pour a small amount of paint.
  3. Encourage your baby to use the small sponges to make polka dots on the front and back of the card
  4. After the paint dries, tape the photo on the inside of the card, positioning the picture so that it shows through the frame in the front of the card
  5. Have your baby “sign” the inside with their hand prints

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