On Mother’s Day, I always ask to spend that day with my children, enjoying their little faces and their funny stories without interruption. In this activity, I’ll share a great way to spend one on one time with your child. You’ll get a glimpse of their favorite memories of you – you might be surprised by what they say and your heart just might swell a bit. Fine motor activities like this one can result in an adorable keepsake that you’ll have for years to come…I know I have looked at mine a thousand times!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Several copies of pictures with your face and your child’s face (can be in separate pictures), white paper, crayons, scissors, glue
WHAT TO DO: Have your child cut out only the faces from the pictures. Glue them onto the blank paper. Ask your child, “what is one fun thing that you remember doing with mommy?” Once he has told you his memory, draw and recreate that memory on the paper. First, draw the bodies around the faces. What were you wearing? What did your hair look like? Next, allow your child to recreate his memory on paper, adding scenery and details (Where were you? What were you doing? Were there other people there?) Repeat the activity for each memory your child wishes to share. Bind the pages to create a scrapbook when you’re done!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-To make the activity easier, allow your child to tell you about the memory as you draw the details onto the paper. He can point to where they would like the details to be added.
-To make the activity more difficult, allow your child to write a word, sentence, or story underneath each picture. Let him hole punch and tie the binding themselves.
-For a personal touch, add both your handprint and your child’s handprint as well as the date to the back cover of the book. You can keep adding to your book year after year!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Fine motor skills, grasp, prewriting skills, social skills, visual motor integration, visual perceptual skills
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