A Real Mom's Realistic Mother's Day Activities for Kids

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A Real Mom's Realistic Mother's Day Activities for Kids

May 08, 2023

Four Foolproof Ideas for the Best Mother’s Day Ever…

Yes, Mother’s Day activities are supposed to be all about us moms. Put up our feet, relax, and don’t lift a finger, right? However, we all know sometimes the reality can be, um, well, a little different. Of course, our kids have good intentions. The best, in fact. Still, that doesn’t mean we can’t do our mom thing and make it all turn out just a tad better with some preemptive planning. Here, we take a look at some common Mother’s Day activities and offer up our easy suggestions to ensure a fabulous experience for both you and your child.

Good Intention #1: “Let’s make a complicated craft that requires quite a bit of artistic skill.”
The Reality: Tears when the completed project looks nothing like the picture on the box
Our Solution: The Created By Me! line, partially completed and ready for adornment!

 Girl decorating Melissa & Doug wooden jewelry box

The trick to avoiding craft-related meltdowns is to meet kids where they’re at, skill-wise. The Created by Me! Jewelry Box Wooden Craft Kit looks almost finished out of the package, but lets kids add their own creative touches and delight in the final result. It’s a no-stress Mother’s Day activity that serves up a lot of wow!

Girl giving her mom the Melissa & Doug wooden jewelry box

Good Intention #2: Breakfast in bed
The Reality: Crumbs, spills, dirty dishes waiting downstairs for you
Our Suggestion: Pretend breakfast in bed!

Boy serving his mother breakfast in bed with Melissa & Doug tea set

It’s all the pampering, none of the mess! Hot pancakes prepared to order by your junior chef. A warm cup of coffee just the way you take it with milk and sugar. You can even follow it up with a spot o’ tea, because, hey, the caffeine is pretend, too! And enterprising kids can pretend to make a run to the local coffee shop for your favorites. Breakfast in bed has never been such a treat!

Kids playing with Melissa & Doug Wooden Cafe Barista Coffee Shop

Good Intention #3: “Let’s buy something fancy for Mom!”
The Reality: Their allowance only goes so far
Our Suggestion: A handmade gift from the heart

Girl giving mom a necklace made from the Melissa & Doug Bead Bouquet bead set

Statement necklaces are all the rage, and this one sweetly says, “I love you, Mom!” Look how pretty! And she did it herself with the Bead Bouquet Deluxe Wooden Bead Set.

Good Intention #4: “Let’s make a craft for Mom!”
The Reality: “Mom, where’s the macaroni? The glue? The glitter? We’re out of paint! Can you take me to the craft store? Why? Um, it’s a surprise!”
Our Suggestion: A kid-friendly DIY heart-shaped box that comes with everything needed to make a gift you’ll be proud to display

 Girl decorating Melissa & Doug Heart-Shaped Box Craft

Some sparkling gems, a little glitter glue, brightly colored paint – and voila! – this heart-shaped box is fit for your finest trinkets! We love that the kit is “all-inclusive” when it comes to supplies – no craft store trips required!

Here’s to a happy and relaxing Mother’s Day for all!