Mother's Day is coming up, and you're scrambling to find something for an infant to give to his Mommy. Although infants -- or babies up to 2 years old or so -- cannot yet do complicated crafts, older infants can put together a simple gift that a mother will enjoy. Even younger infants can have crafts made from their handprints or footprints. Whether you are the baby's father or another caregiver, you can help infants make these crafts for their mothers.
Mommy's Place Mat
To make a place mat, tape a piece of contact paper, sticky-side up, to a table. Provide the infant with plenty of scraps of paper, or small shapes cut from craft foam, and show her how to place them onto the sticky side of the paper to make a collage. Make sure to cut out some stenciled M's and O's for infants to add to the collage. When the infant finishes, place a piece of contact paper sticky-side down on top of the collage to preserve it. This makes the perfect place mat for a Mother's Day breakfast.
Tissue Paper Vase
The base of this vase is a recycled object -- either a can, a plastic bottle with the top removed or a small plastic container with a narrow top. Spread nontoxic glue on the outside -- or make edible glue by mixing flour and water together -- and give the infant small pieces of colored tissue paper to crumple up and stick to the vase. Then go for a walk and help the infant find some wildflowers to place in the vase.
Finger (or Foot) Painted Sign
Finger paint makes a great craft for infants, especially if it is edible. To make edible finger paint, simply add food coloring to vanilla pudding or yogurt. Then let infants dip their fingers or hands into the paint and smear it on a piece of paper. When the paper dries, write "Happy Mother's Day" on it, and hang it up for all to see. Note that this is a very messy craft, and you might want the baby to have nothing but a diaper on during the painting process.
Although this craft isn't made by an infant, mothers will enjoy seeing their infants little hands hanging from the ceiling. Trace the infant's hand on a piece of tag board, and then cut it out to use as a stencil to make hand prints from construction paper. After you've cut out 15 hand prints, write one letter of "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY" on each hand print. Punch a hole in each of them and string them together on a piece of yarn.
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