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10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That Children Can Make


It only felt like yesterday that it was Christmas, and Mother’s Day is now fast approaching! Whether it’s going to be the first year that you’re a Mum on Mother’s Day or not, there’s no denying that it’s such a special day filled with love, thought and little giggles! Whilst flowers and chocolates are a lovely gift, it’s the ones that come from the heart of your little ones that are the most priceless, and something to look back on in years to come and cherish with a smile! So if you’re struggling for ideas on what to get your little one to give to their Mum this year, or just want some fun craft projects to get stuck into during the weekends or the holidays, here are 10 unique Mother’s Day gift ideas that any child can make – suitable crafting ideas for all ages!

#1. Draw A Heart

One of the most thoughtful gifts that really is from the heart is the idea of drawing a heart onto a piece of paper and writing all of the things within it that they love and admire about their Mum, or are thankful for. This idea is great for slightly older children, and they can make it as colourful as they want!

#2. Fingerprint Painting

An idea that children of all ages can get involved in, and something that is a bit of messy fun too! Help your child draw an outline of an image on a piece of paper such as a heart of a flower and get them to colour it in with different coloured fingerprints, this makes the piece completely unique to the child, and to their mum!

#3. Holiday Jar

Get your child to remember one of their most recent holidays together with their Mum and get them to fill a jar with a whole host of items that they remember it by. Do they have any pictures? Shells? Sand? etc – you can be as creative as you want!

#4. Hand Print Heart

Even the little ones can get involved with some crafts with supervision from their Dad! Get their little hands and fingers creative with some paint, and have them create a hand print heart with two hands! This would look great done onto white paper and which can then be framed or given as a card.

#5. Flower Corsage

Make Mum her very own flower corsage with these easy step by step tips that you can find here. You can be as creative with the colours of the tissue paper as you want, and they will truly be cherished on her favourite blouse!

#6. Create A Scrapbook

A present that can be added to each year is a scrapbook. Great for older children to get stuck into, get them to create pages of their favourite memories with their Mum with pictures, printed paper, stickers and whatever crafts bits you have to hand!

#7. Descriptive Writing

A present that is not only thoughtful and caring, but an educational task for older children. This Ice Cream craft encourages your child to think of all of the descriptive words that they would use to describe their lovely mum by – an excellent way to get them to learn some fab new vocabulary too!

#8. Hand Print Vases

The best gift ideas from the little ones really is anything that involves hand printing! Grab an old vase or coloured pot and up-cycle it with some pretty ribbon, and get them to stamp their little hand onto it in some contrasting coloured paint. Finish the present off by filling it with some gorgeous flowers!

#9. Mother’s Day Bag

We love this idea for a Mother’s Day bag that can have any theme you want – Breakfast in Bed, Spa Day or a treats bag for example. The child can then find things to fill the bag with that they know is their mums favourite, the breakfast in bed bag could include a napkin, breakfast bar, tea bag and biscuits!

#10. Mother’s Day Newspaper

For a bit of fun that any child can get involved in is this Mother’s Day newspaper free printable. As if it was taken from the front page of a newspaper, this special edition features a blank space which can be drawn on and lots of tick boxes and sentences that are waiting to be completed with  details of your mum!

As you can see, not only are there so many crafty ideas that can be enjoyed by both the child and Mum on Mother’s Day, they don’t break the bank either! These priceless gifts are sure to be treasured for a lifetime! Do you have any other crafty ideas for your little ones? Please do  comment below or let us know on our Facebook page or Twitter!

5 Top Tips To Become A More Organised Parent


A new year is an incredibly reflective time which is full of fresh starts and new beginnings. As a parent, becoming more organised is a constant resolution that we all want to achieve. With school runs, babies, work and social activities it can be hard to plan your time out equally, and make the most of your free time effectively. But however unorganised you are as a parent the best thing is you can make quick and easy changes today that will make a noticeable improvement on your time management, organisation and the ability to get things done in a timely manner! If you do need a helping hand to get 2016 off to a great start, here are 5 tried and tested tips on becoming a more organised parent!

Tip #1. Schedule Everything

Scheduling is the main foundations of anything, it is also the quickest way to manage your time, convey what is happening in the week ahead and plan everything else around that. Whether you use to-do lists, diaries, weekly planners or your phone, having everything down in writing will get your week off to a great start without even doing much. Putting aside 10 minutes at the start of every week is all you need.  We recommend planning weekly meals, both your child’s and your own activities, exercise and even the weekly chores. Having a plan at the start of the week will lead you into the week with a huge weight off your shoulders!

Tip #2. Cook In Bulk

Putting one afternoon aside a week or even once a month for cooking will vastly cut down your time during the week, and avoid those evenings where you don’t know what to cook. Bulk cooking evening meals such as spaghetti, pasta, quiches and many other dishes can all be frozen and put into the freezer, and most importantly called upon when needed.

Tip #3. Create A Household Schedule

From a young age children should be actively involved in household chores to instill a good work ethic into them. Whether it be something simple like cleaning the table or setting the table, these little jobs help them to be proactive, and appreciate what it takes to have a clean house, whilst helping you out at the same time. Drawing up a schedule for the house can be done at the same time as planning your week ahead, and you can even set incentives for your children to take part too!

Tip #4. The School Run

The school run is always a manic time for parents whatever a child’s age, and however many children you may have! Getting everyone out of the house by 8am can be a struggle, especially when you have little ones. You can make your life easier by getting ready the night before. This can include making all of the packed lunches the night before and storing them in the fridge, laying out backpacks and their school clothes, and anything else that your children may need for their day at school. This will half your time getting ready in the morning, and your children will appreciate it too!

Tip #5. Keep Calm

Most of all, remain calm in all situations! Flapping about it only stresses you out and enhances the situation more, it will often add much more time onto the task too. As long as you plan the week ahead, follow the tips above and take some deep breaths, you will lead a stress free and happy life as a parent!

No one ever said parenting would be easy or hassle free, but organisation is the ultimate key to success in any situation, and whatever your age! We can’t help you the whole way, but these top 5 tips will certainly help you get more organised in a short period of time! Do you have any other tips for juggling time as a parent?  Please do  comment below or let us know on our Facebook page or Twitter!