If you’re teaching Sunday School or Children’s church and are looking for some Christian crafts for Mother’s day we’ve put together our favorite ones. If you have others let us know in the comments below.
First a little history of Mother’s Day. There has been celebrations of mothers on a special day since the Greek and Roman times but the start of our current Mother’s Day began in England with a Christian celebration called Mothering Sunday. It was celebrated the 4th Sunday in Lent.
The custom eventually combined in the 1930s with the current Mother’s day which was started by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. She conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.
The first celebration was in May 1908 at a Methodist church in Grafton, West Virginia (20 miles from where my grandparents lived, FYI). She got financial backing from John Wanamaker who held an event at one of his retail stores in Philadelphia.
What started as a Christian tradition was quickly capitalized on by American merchants, mostly card companies, think Hallmark, and florists.
While much of the spiritual side of Mother’s Day has been lost, here are a few Christian crafts that can help you bring back the original intent of Mother’s Day.
Christian Crafts for Mother’s Day
- Mother’s Day Coloring Pages. This one comes from Ministry to Children. There are several coloring pages that are free to download and print out. Good if you are looking for something quick and easy.
- Memory Cross Mother’s Day Card. This origami card never stops folding and uses 1 Corinthians 13 as the basis for the card, which is known as the Love Chapter. The video below shows how the card folds.
- Mother’s Day Bible Crafts and Activities. This one comes from Danielle’s Place. This resource uses women from the Bible and Bible stories to help children realize the key role that women play in God’s plan of salvation.
- Bearing Fruit by Children’s Ministry Magazine. Give each child a packet of fruit or vegetable seeds and a sheet of construction paper. Ask a child to read aloud Galatians 5:22-23 about the fruit of the Spirit. Talk about these Scriptures as the children fold their papers in half to make cards.On the front page of the cards, have children write the words, “Mom, you plant the seeds. . . ” Inside the cards on the right-hand side, have children glue their seed packets and write, “. . . that’ll help me bear fruit for Jesus.” On the inside left-hand page of each card, have kids write the words from Galatians 5:22-23. Then have children sign their cards. Mothers will treasure this encouraging card. Visit their Mother’s Day page for other ideas.
- Mother’s Day Cards by Little Blots of Faith. Here are some fun, faith based cards that are quick and easy to use with your pre-school or elementary school kids.
- Paper Chain Craft Project. We checked out a lot of craft ideas for this post. There were many that did not have any spiritual relevance. This is one of my favorites. It is simple to make, helps children think about all the things mom has taught them and is biblically relevant. Children will honor their mothers by creating paper chains describing some of the things their mothers have taught them. You’ll give kids 20 pieces of paper that measure 1″ x 5″ (approximately). On each piece of paper have the kids write down something their moms have taught them. You’ll then connect them into a paper chain. Finally give the kids a piece of paper to write down a thank you letter to their mom. There are questions and the verse is Proverbs 1: 8-9
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