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Mother's Day
Apr 29, 2021

Mother’s Day Made Easy

We’ve assembled some of our team’s favourite stress-free Mother’s Day ideas! Try something from this list or celebrate in your own unique way. No matter what your Mother’s Day looks like, remember to take care of yourself and do what is best for your family. 

1. Adventure on a family hike. Spring provides endless opportunities to explore the natural world. Take a family walk on a local trail, or even just around your neighbourhood. Take time to notice your surroundings. What do you see, hear, and smell? How does this make you feel? Engage your family in conversation about what they are observing.

Did you know: Spending time in nature is not only beneficial for children’s development, but it’s great for adults as well! Outdoor time is proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and even improve memory.

2. Get creative with family paint night. Creating art together is a great way to bond as a family. No art supplies? No problem! Use your imagination to repurpose household items. Paper, cardboard, fabric, and wood all make great canvases. Water and food colouring can be used as paint. Straws, sticks, and leaves can be used as paint brushes. When you are finished painting, create an at-home art gallery for mom and caregiver to enjoy!

Did you know: Engaging in art activities allows children to develop fine motor skills and hone their self-expression. But art isn’t just for children! Adults also benefit from the stress reduction, improved hand-eye coordination, and increased cognition that occurs while creating art.

3. Enjoy a personal pizza party. Try making your own pizzas from scratch or keep it simple by using tortillas as a crust. Create personal-sized pizzas so each family member can choose their favourite toppings or cook a few larger pizzas together and vote on family favourites! While cooking together, take time to engage in conversation as a family.

Did you know: When children help cook, they are practicing math and fine motor skills. Cooking also helps children build a sense of competence and independence. Cooking as a family improves cooperation, team problem solving, and ultimately, makes caregivers’ lives easier!

4. Indulge in a sensory café. Create delicious imaginary treats in your own mud kitchen! Keep the mess outdoors by bringing kitchen supplies like pans, bowls, and muffin trays outside. Use utensils like spoons, whisks, and spatulas to mix up water and dirt to make mud pies. You can even host a mud tea party!

Did you know: Sensory play helps children build essential brain connections, develop early literacy skills, and practice motor skills. It is also a calming activity caregivers and children can engage in together! By taking time to slow down and experience the world through a child’s perspectives, caregivers can improve their own wellbeing and family bond!

5. Experiment with DIY ice cream. Celebrate mom, explore science, and make a delicious treat - all at the same time! Making ice cream from scratch is easy. Combine 2 cups of ice cubes and ¼ cup of salt in a freezer-sized sealable bag. In a sandwich-sized sealable bag, add ½ cup of a milk or cream of your choice and 1 tbsp of sweetener of your choice. Seal the sandwich bag, place it inside of the freezer bag filled with ice. Seal the freezer sized bag. Shake your freezer bag vigorously for 5+ minutes, until your milk product thickens. Once the ice cream is ready, choose a variety of toppings and set up a sundae bar! While you enjoy your delicious treat, talk about the scientific process behind your ice cream creation. Ask questions, share ideas, and research together as a family.

Did you know: Science activities encourage children to ask questions, test theories, and problem solve. Walking through the scientific method even helps adults improve their cognition and think critically!