Show some love for your mother, or wife, this Mother’s Day with this fun, creative idea. Yes, husbands, you do have to celebrate your wife even though she isn’t your mother! Without her, you would not have sweet, precious children in your life. Take the time to show her that you care with a creative project from the heart. Or, if you are a mom like me, make one for yourself because you enjoy creating art projects with your child!
This hand print art project is based off the award winning book, The Kissing Hand, a special story about a mother’s love for her child. In the picture, you can see that I wrote my favorite quote, “Let this kiss jump to your face and fill you with toasty warm thoughts,” under the hand prints. This quote warmed my heart as I read the book with my son, but feel free to choose your favorite for the canvas that you create! To start the project, I gathered my materials: a small canvas, purple paint, foam heart stickers, and a thin Sharpie marker. Then, I painted the hands of my children and placed them on the canvas. I’ll get to perfect hand print tips in a future post, but know that you are not alone in thinking that it is hard to get a 5 month old to give you the perfect print! Simply let the paint dry, then write your quote, stick some heart stickers on, and you have the perfect gift for mom or grandma. Don’t forget to buy a copy of the book to share with the one that you love!
Today, I am thrilled to be featuring @happily.ever.elephants, a book review blog coming soon to you! Lauren, mom of two and children’s literature enthusiast, is sharing her review of the book. Here are her thoughts:
In this story, Chester Raccoon is anxious to begin school. However, thanks to his mother’s long held secret, the Kissing Hand, Chester becomes less afraid to leave his mom when he recognizes her love will be with him wherever he goes. As a parent-reader, I found myself in Mrs. Raccoon’s actions. I was struck by the notion of doing anything in your power- making up any game, trick or story- to instill a sense of confidence in your child and to ensure he knows you are always with him, even when not physically present. As a child reader- well, lets just say that Pickle thinks this book is a gift. We have used our kissing hands so many times- especially at school drop off and when leaving the boys with a babysitter – and it instills such comfort and reassurance in them. This is a beautiful, gentle story, with a timeless message that will no doubt be incorporated into your daily lives. We hope you love it as much as we do.
What a wonderful synopsis of an even more wonderful picture book! Thanks, Lauren, for sharing your thoughts today. I hope you all enjoy this project, but more importantly, I hope all you moms out there get some much deserved love from your family on Mother’s Day. You sacrifice so much as a mother and do it happily out of the love in your heart! Happy Mother’s Day.