On Mother's Day, Mom deserves to feel loved and appreciated for all she does. The perfect gift doesn't have to be something expensive or fancy. If Mom has a sweet tooth, candy could be the key to her heart. Help the little and big kids get creative with Mom's favorite candy for a super-sweet mother's day gift.
Kisses Rose Bouquet
Help your child make a red rose bouquet, using foil-wrapped chocolate kisses. If you cannot find chocolate kisses in a red wrapper, you can purchase red craft foil at a craft store. Wrap the kisses in the foil. To make a kisses rose bouquet, lay the two kisses end to end, with their flat bottoms touching. Have your child glue the two foil-wrapped kisses along the the flat bottom. Cut a piece of red cellophane, about 4 by 4 inches. Lay the glued kisses on the cellophane. Wrap the cellophane square around the kisses, using clear tape to secure the cellophane. Insert a wooden skewer to into one end of the chocolate kiss for the stem, then wrap green floral tape from the top of the skewer to the end. For a bouquet, your child can make several more for a full bouquet. You can have your child draw leaves on green construction paper, which you can attach to the stem.
Rose Candy Jar
Your child can decorate a candy jar for Mother's day. For a simple jar decoration, fill the jar with candy, layering the colors if you are using multi-colored candies. Select a fancy ribbon and tie it around the neck of the jar. You can also make a gift tag to wrap around the rim with a short Mother's Day message on it. For a more detailed candy jar, find a good picture of Mom and cut her face into a heart shape. Paste this onto decorative paper, which you have also cut and shaped into a heart. Wrap the jar in pastel tissue or in a decorative wrapping paper, using clear tape to secure the paper to the jar. Glue the picture of Mom in a heart to the jar. Add a matching ribbon.
Chocolate Bar Wrapper
If Mom has a favorite chocolate bar she likes, you and your kids can create colorful wrapped chocolate bars. Use a variety of colored tissue paper in pastel colors of lavender, lemon yellow, lime green, peach, baby blue or pink, red and white. Take two colors of tissue paper and cut them to be 2 1/2 times the width of the bar, with two inches at each end. Wrap the two colors of tissue around the chocolate bar, pinching the ends together. Tie the twisted tissue-paper ends with curly ribbon, and the younger kids can put a sticker on the front of the wrapped chocolate.
Chocolate-dipped spoons have an elegant look to them, making them perfect for Mother's Day, if mom is a serious chocolate fan. Melt chocolate in a double boiler on the stove. You can use dark, milk or white chocolate, or a combination. Use stainless steel flatware (not plastic) spoons for this craft. Let your child dip the spoons into the chocolate and then dip them into toppings such as pink and red sprinkles or into colored sugar. You can press a pink, red or white (or even lavender) conversation heart and press it into the chocolate. Place the dipped spoons on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and place them in the fridge until you are ready. Arrange them neatly on a fancy plate or you can serve the luscious chocolate-dipped spoons with hot chocolate to dip them in.
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