In this Mother’s Day lesson and craft, Moms’ lives are multi-layered with tasks and problem solving, as symbolized by the pile of multicolored dots.
2. Half-cup measuring cup
3. Construction paper of various pastel and spring colors
4. Hole puncher
6. Mother’s Day craft template
7. Color printer
8. Craft glue
9. Thin disposable paintbrushes, one for each student
10. White photo matting, 3-by-5, one for each student
11. White 5-by-7 frames (optional)
Note: Matting and frames are available at craft stores. Some craft stores have very good ongoing sales on standard-sized frames, such that they are less than $5 each, which makes it an option for small classes.
1. Punch holes in all the pretty spring colors of construction paper until you have about ½ cup for each student. They have to fill the letter “M” on the artwork.
2. Print out the copies of the add-on onto card stock. The higher resolution you use, the brighter the colors will be.
3. Put the craft glue in a disposable dish or two, or dishes that can be washed quickly at the craft’s completion.
4. As this lesson involves the craft, lay the newspaper on the table needed for the craft before the lesson starts.
5. Place the bag of punched holes on the table in front of you.
When God made mothers, he made one of the most courageous and tough beings among all those he created. And let’s not forget: He created the tiger, the T-Rex, and the shark! Let’s see what Proverbs 31 says about good mothers of the Bible:
Read Proverbs 31. After each statement about the Proverbs 31 woman, dribble a few dots onto the table, such that at the end of the reading, you have a whole pile.
She is worth far more than jewels
Her husband depends on her.
He will never be poor.
She does good for her husband all her life.
She never causes him trouble.
She is always gathering wool and flax
and enjoys making things with her hands.
She is like a ship from a faraway place.
She brings home food from everywhere.
She wakes up early in the morning,
cooks food for her family, and gives the servants their share.
She looks at land and buys it.
She uses the money she has earned and plants a vineyard.
She works very hard.
She is strong and able to do all her work.
She works late into the night
to make sure her business earns a profit.
She makes her own thread
and weaves her own cloth.
She always gives to the poor
and helps those who need it.
She does not worry about her family when it snows.
She has given them all good, warm clothes.
She makes sheets and spreads for the beds,
and she wears clothes of fine linen.
Her husband is a respected member of the city council,
where he meets with the other leaders.
She makes clothes and belts
and sells them to the merchants.
She is a strong person, and people respect her.
She looks to the future with confidence.
She speaks with wisdom
and teaches others to be loving and kind.
She oversees the care of her house.
She is never lazy.
Her children say good things about her.
Her husband brags about her and says,
“There are many good women,
but you are the best.”
Grace and beauty can fool you,
but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised.
Give her the reward she deserves.
Praise her in public for what she has done.
Is this woman in Proverbs 31 a real mom? It’s likely that she is what we call a “composite,” or a lot of good women, though one might have stood out in King Lemuel’s mind. He wrote the Proverb from what he learned from his mother.
Rake all the dots into a little mound.
1. The fact is, moms have a mountain of responsibilities and decisions to be made!
2. You could recognize your own mom in some of the lines of Proverbs 31.
3. Does she tell your dad he’s the bomb and make him feel important? Then she’s in verse 12
4. Does she wash, dry, fold, and buy everyone’s clothes? Then she’s in verse 13.
5. Does she grocery shop and then cook a lot of the food she buys? Then she’s in verse 14.
6. Does she work at a job? She’s in verses 15, 16, 17, and 24.
7. Does she help out with a charity? She’s in verse 20.
8. Does she clean up the house? She’s in verse 22.
9. Does she teach you right from wrong? She’s in verse 26.
10. Let’s talk about your moms, and let’s give them dots for all the responsibilities they have.
Call students up one at a time. Have them hold out the measuring cup and say nice things that their mom does. Each time they compliment her, add some dots to the cup. They will come up with more compliments to get more dots, and after four or five, the cup should be filled up.
They should go to their spot, dump the dots in front of them at their place, and pass the cup to the next student. Make sure they dump their pile back far enough that they can put the card stock containing the artwork in front of them.
If every one of the dots in front of you is a job or a kindness that Mom has in your house, you are starting to see the mountain of responsibility that God gives moms.
Let’s put all these dots into the letter M in your artwork to show some appreciation.
‘Mom’ Art Wall Hanging
Each year, Sunday school teachers look for one or two projects that can last for years. This is a simple elegant wall hanging — not hard to make, but the kind moms will love for years to come.
The ease eliminates the possibility for big mistakes, yet the childish touch will make it special… as will the reinforced message for students about moms being a multi-faceted mountain of jobs and responsibilities.
1. Take your paintbrush and dip it into the glue. Be sure to wipe the sides each time so that you are not glopping glue all over the place! Watch the teacher’s example. It is important not to glop because even though card stock is heavy, it will curl if you use too much glue.
2. Paint about an inch of your letter “M” with the glue, and then stop to add dots.
3. To add dots the right way, do not take a few and “press” them. Take a handful and drop them on top of the glued spot and tap them gently with the back end of your paintbrush. Then, slant the paper and let the unused dots fall off onto the table, where you can brush them back into your pile. Remove any that have glue residue on them.
4. Repeat this, paining one inch at a time on the fat parts of the “M” and three inches at a time on the skinny parts of the “M.”
5. When you are finished, fill bald spots by placing a small amount of glue in them, dropping dots and tapping them with the back of the brush until have a fairly even collage of dots.
6. To flatten the card stock again, make sure no glue is on the surface. Then you can lay it under a heavy book, such as a Bible, for the rest of the class.
7. At the close of the class, cut the card stock along the outer dotted line and use the inner line to center it in the matting.
8. Glue the matting shut with the help of the teacher (one line all the way around matting, slightly closer to the center to pick up the edges of the card stock, and press.
9. If you have a frame, be sure all the glue is dry before pressing the glass against it.
Hold the artwork upside down and give it a little shake to loosen any dots that could come loose in the frame. If you have any glue residue still showing, gently press a dot over it and then place it in the frame.
When you give this to your mom, be sure to tell her what compliments you thought of for her when we were reading Proverbs 31. And tell her that the dots stand for all the jobs and responsibilities she has and for which we are grateful!