Check out this Mother’s Day idea from The Dollar Tree. On a recent trip to The Dollar Tree, I found a few really great materials we could easily use to make a cheap, simple, and fun Mother’s Day gift. Keep in mind that these items may be seasonal, therefore not available year-round. You could also look for similar materials elsewhere.
Mother’s Day Gift Idea Supplies
Grab the following items. (These items cost me $10 and we had enough for 21 students PLUS.)
– 3 packs of small pots
– seed starting potting mix
– your choice of fast-growing seeds
Don’t make the same mistake I did. I assumed I would need two bags of potting soil, but one of these bags was more than enough. Additionally, I also had plenty of the seed mix. I could easily share the materials I purchased with another teacher and classroom.
Also, you could easily substitute out the wildflower seeds for another type of flower or vegetable. Either of these substitutions could make incredible Mother’s Day gifts.
Students Can Decorate the Pots
Next, students can decorate the pots of you would like. This can be a simple project or more elaborate. I usually do the student’s name and year and we write a K for Kindergarten. I like the simple, planned pots over a decorated ones.
Students Assemble the Pots
Now, allow your students to put together their Mother’s Day gift idea pot. After their name and year are placed on it, students can assemble their pots.
To do this, I called my students over to me one or two at a time. I placed a small amount of potting soil in a throwaway cup. Then, the student dumps their cup of soil into the pot. Next, they sprinkle the seeds on top.
One important tip to add is the water-adding step. For this step, I do not add the water now. First, I place the pots into the clear bin. Then, the students add a little portion of water to the pots. This allows the students to contain the mess in the bin and not all over the floor.
Students Can Watch the Mother’s Day Gifts Grow
Once all the Mother’s Day gift idea plants are planted and watered, pick a great place to allow these flowers to grow. I purposefully planted these with our students at the start of our plant unit, since this is a great way to integrate plants into our classroom while preparing for Mother’s Day.
Also, I try to plant a few extra pots to help with growing. I do not have a green thumb and we tend to kill a few plants from time to time.
Grab Some Mother’s Day Gift Tags
My plants are in progress, so I will update this post with more images as they grow. I thought a simple ribbon and Mother’s Day gift tag would be ideal for this sweet gift, so grab it by clicking below. Don’t worry, I included a Dad option as well as an open-ended option to meet the needs of your learners and their families.