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Chicago Speech and More’s Mother’s Day Vase

Chicago Speech and More's Mother's Day Craft

Chicago Speech and More’s Mother’s Day Vase

Being a mother is one of the toughest jobs out there. Chicago Speech and More knows how special a mom is. While we should be honoring the “mothers” in our lives on a regular basis, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to do so. There is no better way to let your mom, grandma, aunt, step-mom, sister, best friend, family friend, godmother (the list goes on and on), know you are thinking about her than with a home-made mother’s day craft.

I love making holiday crafts and my favorite Mother’s Day project is Chicago Speech and More’s “Mother’s Day Vase”. It is easy, educational, fun and makes a great finished product! All you need is different colored construction paper, scissors, pen/marker and some glue.

Steps for making the Mother’s Day Vase:

  1. Trace a vase on a piece of colored construction paper. Chicago Speech and More recommends using light, spring-like colors for your vase (yellow, purple, pink). Encourage your child to choose and ask for a specific color. “May I haveChicago Speech and More's Mother's Day Vase the yellow vase?” Depending on your child’s age and ability level, either cut the vase out or have your child cut it out themselves. Note: the opening (round part) of the vase can be difficult to navigate with a scissors.
  2.  Glue the vase onto a piece of white construction paper. You can use white card-stock to make it more durable. Work with your children to place the vase in the center. Help them with the glue. Note: a glue-stick works well with this project.
  3. Trace flowers (at least 3) on various colors of construction papeChicago Speech and More's Mother's Day Vaser. Chicago Speech and More recommends using bright colors. Encourage your child to choose and ask for specific colors. “May I have the red, purple and orange flowers?” Depending on your child’s age and ability level, either cut the flowers out for them or have your children cut them out themselves.
  4. Trace circles (at least 3) on yellow construction paper. These will be the Chicago Speech and More's Mother's Day Vasemiddle of your flowers. Depending on your child’s age and ability level, either cut the circles out for them or have your children cut them out themselves. Note: make circles large enough so that your child will be able to write on them (one letter per circle).
  5. Glue the circles in the middle of the flowers. Use vocabulary words such asChicago Speech and More's Mother's Day Vase: middle, center, in, on, first, next, last. Encourage your child to use these words to talk about what they are doing.
  6. Trace “stems” (at least 3) on green construction paper. Cut strips about a ¼ of an inch in width and between 4-6 inChicago Speech and More's Mother's Day Postches in length. Depending on your child’s age and ability level, either cut the stems out for them or have your children cut them out themselves. Note: the size of the strips does not make a huge difference. Make them longer to start and you can always trim down the length after.Chicago Speech and More's Mother's Day Vase
  7. Glue the stems to the back of the flowers. Put the stem up to the center of the flower. Use vocabulary words such as: flower, stem, center, middle, first, next last. Encourage your child to use these words to talk about what they are doing.Chicago Speech and More's Mother's Day Vase
  8. Arrange the flowers in the vase. Discuss the order the flowers should go. Does your child want the red flower to come first, the blue, purple? How about an ABA pattern (red, purple, red)? Note: Remind them that they will be spelling M-O-M out on the flowers so the color order will need to stay.
  9. Glue the flowers. Chicago Speech and More recommends staggering the flowers for a more natural look. Note: it helps to glue the stem to the white construction paper and part of the flower to the vase if possible.Chicago Speech and More's Mother's Day Vase
  10. Help your child write M-O-M on the flowers.
  11. Write a Mother’s Day message on the front of the vase. Depending on the age and ability of your child, help them to create a message. It is usually best to draw lines on the vase to give your child a visual area to write on. If your child isn’t able to write independently but can copy written work, draft the message together, write it on a separate piece of paper and have your child copy it onto the vase. If this is too advanced for your child, have them dictate theChicago Speech and More's Mother's Day Vasemessage to you. Start with “Happy Mother’s Day”. Discuss other items you can enclose in your message. Let your child come up with ideas. Once you have finished your message, explain how we close letters with “love, yours truly, from, etc.”. When the message is complete, have your child read the message back to you. Reading practice plus a language activity- what could be better?
  12. Encourage your child to retell the steps it took to create this master-piece. Work with them to use sequential vocabulary: first, next, then, second, last, finally. Positional vocabulary: on, in, under, first, middle, center, last.

Chicago Speech and More wishes you a very happy Mother’s Day! For more holiday/seasonal language activities please visit archive posts in Sam’s Blog.

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