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Josiegirl 11:13 AM 04-19-2015
Com'on, your bestest ideas.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/307370743294613167/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/307370743294612572/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/307370743294612982/

I'm thinking of doing one or more of these. Plus an "All about Mom" questionnaire. They always have such fun doing those and the moms love 'em!
I really like those thumbprint necklaces but I'm not sure where to get the chains? I'd need 7 and really don't want to put tons of money into them right now.

Any ideas you'd like to share?
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Sunchimes 02:00 PM 04-19-2015
I thought I had narrowed it down to sand footprints
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/98164466854864959/

or
handprint flower pots
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/98164466850587420/

I did the flower pots a couple of years ago, and they were really cute. The kids planted flowers in them and were thrilled with the whole process. I have a different group this year, so I can repeat now.

But, the necklaces are so, so cute!!!

I love my moms. They have been so good to me, so I might do more than one thing.
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Thriftylady 02:10 PM 04-19-2015
Mine have started some flowers in containers and will pot them for Mother's day.
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KSDC 04:25 PM 04-19-2015
I did the thumbprint necklaces a few years ago. Instead of chain, I bought come pretty cording in pastel colors. I still have the one my daughter made with a pink cord.
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spud912 04:29 PM 04-19-2015
I did the footprint butterfly pots and they did not turn out as great as I had hoped. First, it turns out that a couple of my kiddos' feet were too large for the pot so I ended up using their hand, which wasn't quite as cute but still workable. Then the paint did not end up looking as neat as on Pinterest. It was still cute, but not what I pictured in my head (or Pinterest) .

Also make sure you have a back-up plan for the sand footprints. Many of the reviews on the instruction website said that it didn't work out too well. In case it doesn't work, maybe you can buy some seashells/starfish/sand dollars at the craft store to set in the plaster instead if it doesn't work out?
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Sunchimes 07:55 PM 04-19-2015
Yeah, I'm going to do them early, so if they fail, there is time for a plan b.
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Sunshine74 09:21 PM 04-19-2015
Originally Posted by KSDC:
I did the thumbprint necklaces a few years ago. Instead of chain, I bought come pretty cording in pastel colors. I still have the one my daughter made with a pink cord.
Or get some pretty organza ribbon like these, but with the thumbprints:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/16607092349697834/

Also, thanks for the reminder. I tend to forget till the last minute.
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Blackcat31 06:44 AM 04-20-2015
More threads with Mother's Day ideas

http://daycare.com/forum/tags.php?tag=mother%27s+day


Are you ladies aware that Provider Appreciation Day is the Friday before Mother's Day?
Wonder how many mother's will be appreciating their provider this year....


http://www.providerappreciationday.org/
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Thriftylady 06:47 AM 04-20-2015
Originally Posted by Blackcat31:
More threads with Mother's Day ideas

http://daycare.com/forum/tags.php?tag=mother%27s+day


Are you ladies aware that Provider Appreciation Day is the Friday before Mother's Day?
Wonder how many mother's will be appreciating their provider this year....


http://www.providerappreciationday.org/
I can tell you my parents won't have a clue!
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Blackcat31 06:50 AM 04-20-2015
Originally Posted by Thriftylady:
I can tell you my parents won't have a clue!
I've heard of provider's sending or buying themselves bouquets of flowers or boxes of chocolates and leaving them out so parents can see them and then when the comment on them they can say "Oh Family X gave these to me for Provider Appreciation Day!"


Not sure how comfortable I'd feel "guilting" my daycare parents into "appreciating" me but I guess if it works for them, it's cool with them.
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Sunchimes 08:25 AM 04-20-2015
They might remember if Hallmark had a line of cards and a commercial every 15 minutes, Walmart had end caps full of "the perfect gift for your dcp", and all of the stores ran Daycare Provider sales. Otherwise, it will never happen.
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Blackcat31 09:21 AM 04-20-2015
Originally Posted by Sunchimes:
They might remember if Hallmark had a line of cards and a commercial every 15 minutes, Walmart had end caps full of "the perfect gift for your dcp", and all of the stores ran Daycare Provider sales. Otherwise, it will never happen.
Maybe we should start a petition and start bombarding Hallmark with our opinions, ideas and thoughts on the subject.
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Shell 09:31 AM 04-20-2015
Originally Posted by Blackcat31:
Maybe we should start a petition and start bombarding Hallmark with our opinions, ideas and thoughts on the subject.
Trying to figure out a way to share this on my Facebook page. It sure would be nice if everyone chipped in for lunch for that day!
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Thriftylady 10:41 AM 04-20-2015
Originally Posted by Blackcat31:
I've heard of provider's sending or buying themselves bouquets of flowers or boxes of chocolates and leaving them out so parents can see them and then when the comment on them they can say "Oh Family X gave these to me for Provider Appreciation Day!"


Not sure how comfortable I'd feel "guilting" my daycare parents into "appreciating" me but I guess if it works for them, it's cool with them.
See that would be like a couple of years ago when hubby said to me "Did the kids tell you Happy Mother's Day? I texted them both and told them to." It really meant nothing to me after he said that know what I mean? I wanted them to say it because they meant it, I know he was reminding them, but him telling me that just ruined it he could have kept his big mouth shut.
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MsLisa 11:21 AM 04-21-2015
What about kids who don't have a traditional "mom"?

I have 2 different SA kids who are raised by other family members; one is by his grandparents and the other is by his Uncle. With "Mother's Day" week coming up I'm not sure how to approach it without making them feel left out or sad. Ideas?

(Sorry to thread jack! )
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Shell 03:07 PM 04-21-2015
Originally Posted by MsLisa:
What about kids who don't have a traditional "mom"?

I have 2 different SA kids who are raised by other family members; one is by his grandparents and the other is by his Uncle. With "Mother's Day" week coming up I'm not sure how to approach it without making them feel left out or sad. Ideas?

(Sorry to thread jack! )
I once worked in a classroom where several kids had two moms, raised by grandparents, etc. We just changed it to "someone you love" and the kids made two presents for their two moms, and/or grandparents.
When I have situations like this, I just plan on buying extra craft materials since some kids have lots of people raising them. The other kids never seemed to mind that some kids would make more than one project, so it worked out fine.
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Baby Beluga 03:50 PM 04-21-2015
My moms are big into coffee so the kids are going to use sharpie markers to decorate a white coffee mug. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and it's permanent. I figured I would do this with a small bag of coffee.
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Sunchimes 09:35 PM 04-21-2015
Originally Posted by Baby Beluga:
My moms are big into coffee so the kids are going to use sharpie markers to decorate a white coffee mug. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and it's permanent. I figured I would do this with a small bag of coffee.
Just a warning that this can turn out a mess. We did them last year. A lot of the colors just turned mud color after baking. I can't remember which ones stayed true, blue maybe. I had to scrap them and start over. It was a definite Pinterest Fail.
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Baby Beluga 06:36 AM 04-22-2015
Originally Posted by Sunchimes:
Just a warning that this can turn out a mess. We did them last year. A lot of the colors just turned mud color after baking. I can't remember which ones stayed true, blue maybe. I had to scrap them and start over. It was a definite Pinterest Fail.
Oh no - yikes! Looks like I will be looking for something else. Thank you so much for warning me
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Crazy8 06:42 AM 04-22-2015
Originally Posted by Sunchimes:
Just a warning that this can turn out a mess. We did them last year. A lot of the colors just turned mud color after baking. I can't remember which ones stayed true, blue maybe. I had to scrap them and start over. It was a definite Pinterest Fail.
And mine all washed right off the mug - despite baking it!
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Crazy8 06:44 AM 04-22-2015
I want to do these, but I probably better start ASAP if I want them to have any "hair" by Mother's Day. Would love to do questionaires but only one of my kids talks, lol!!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/349169777335747409/
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Gemma 09:46 AM 04-22-2015
Originally Posted by Sunchimes:
I thought I had narrowed it down to sand footprints
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/98164466854864959/

or
handprint flower pots
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/98164466850587420/

I did the flower pots a couple of years ago, and they were really cute. The kids planted flowers in them and were thrilled with the whole process. I have a different group this year, so I can repeat now.

But, the necklaces are so, so cute!!!

I love my moms. They have been so good to me, so I might do more than one thing.
I did the fingerprints flowers, and I have seen the feet butterfly, but never thought to use it to decorate the pot....I love it!
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Gemma 09:46 AM 04-22-2015
Originally Posted by Crazy8:
I want to do these, but I probably better start ASAP if I want them to have any "hair" by Mother's Day. Would love to do questionaires but only one of my kids talks, lol!!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/349169777335747409/
Those are cute!
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