Children’s Art Activity for Mother’s Day

This month Molly and I are changing things up a bit, so you can make a cute card for Mother’s Day. In the next posts we’ll look at some beautiful paintings about mothers by Mary Cassatt, and next a devotion based on those paintings.

In this post you’ll find:

  • Supply list
  • Vocabulary
  • Step-by-step directions
  • 2 Helpful hints
  • Variations and/or adaptations for different ages
  • An art element and design principle to learn about
  • 3 ways this activity aids children’s mental, physical, and social development
  • Clean-up tips
  • Cute Molly Photo

Let’s get started!


  • card stock or construction paper
  • paint and brushes, markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • scissors, pencils, yarn or string, and glue
  • teabags


stencil: a paper or other material with shapes or designs cut out so paint, etc. may be applied through the cutout shape onto an underlying surface






  1. Fold paper in half and draw a cup-shape, making sure one side is against the fold
  2. While still folded, cut cup out
  3. Cut oval shape out of white or contrasting color and glue in place for cup opening
  4. Draw and color designs on front of cup. I made stencils for the tulips
  5. Have an adult use an X-Acto knife to make a small cut on the inner rim of the cup
  6. Thread yarn or string through the cut and attach a heart or other shape (like a teabag string and tag hanging out of a cup)
  7. On the inside left of the card glue a piece of paper over the end of the yarn. Decorate and write your Mother’s Day message on this paper
  8. On the other side of the opened card, use a glue gun, tape, or staples to attach a teabag

2 Helpful Hints:

  • When you’re making stencils, it’s helpful to fold the paper so the design is the same on both sides
  • When using the X-Acto knife, open up the card and work on a cutting board

Variations and/or adaptations for different ages:

  • Use a real teabag string and tag instead of yarn
  • Make a pocket for the teabag
  • This card can be used for many occasions, such as birthdays. Just change designs and inner message.

Children may need help drawing and cutting out the cup and finishing it with a teabag and teabag tag, but there’s much they can do:

  •    Choose the color of the card, decorate it, and choose the flavor of tea to include
  •    Write the message
  •    Pray for the person
  •    Stick stamp and return address on envelope and put in letter box

An art element and design principle to learn about

  • Color—children will choose colors to make a pleasing design
  • Shape—learning to notice and work with shapes is an important skill that helps children in many ways, such as letter recognition and math skills.

3 Ways this activity aids children’s mental, physical, and social development

  1. Using crayons and scissors, and other art tools helps children develop fine motor skills.
  2. When children make choices in creating art, it enhances problem-solving skills.
  3. Making art for someone else encourages children to think of and care for others

Clean up Hints:

  • Put a plastic table cloth or large paper under your work
  • Wax paper under paper as you spread glue, keeps things from sticking in the wrong places
  • Have paper towels handy
  • Keep a wastebasket handy
  • After washing and rinsing brushes, reshape bristles if needed, and lay them flat on paper towels to dry. Store with bristles up in a jar.

Cute Molly Photo

Molly loves when daffodils and tulips begin to pop up in the spring!

Molly hopes you enjoy making this Mother’s Day card! In our next post we’ll show you two of Mary Cassatt’s beautiful paintings of mothers and children and give you ways to enjoy these with your children.


Before You Go

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8 thoughts on “Children’s Art Activity for Mother’s Day

    1. Kathy O'Neill Post author

      Hi Barbara! I hope you get to do that real soon!It’s so special to share projects and activities with our grandchildren! I hope you’re still enjoying lots of tulips!


  1. JD Wininger

    Love this project, like most, Ms. Kathy. I can’t wait to purchase your book on these wonderful lessons in faith through children’s projects, for every church in my area. What a blessing your projects and lessons are ma’am.


    1. Kathy O'Neill Post author

      You are so kind and encouraging, J.D! That book proposal is out there, and I’d love it if you can share it with churches in your area some day! God knows the best timing for all our efforts, doesn’t He!


  2. Becky Van Vleet

    I love this art project, Kathy, teabag and all. All your details are so nicely laid out. And Molly looks so cute!


    1. Kathy O'Neill Post author

      Thank you, Becky! It’s a simple but fun project that can be very versatile as a birthday, get well, or as here, a Mother’s Day card! I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day.


  3. Jeanne Takenaka

    What a sweet project! When my guys were little, their teachers had them make something similar. I loved receiving their handiwork as a gift. Your projects are wonderful and personal, Kathy!


    1. Kathy O'Neill Post author

      Thank you, Jeanne! Yes, we sure do treasure those projects, don’t we! I have a number of those, and no matter the odd color choices or the funny faces, I love them! In fact those things make them more special!



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