Explore your family tree with your toddler or preschooler this Mother’s Day. This simple book craft combines two things your little learner is sure to love – family and flipping flaps! Here is what you will need to replicate this craft at home.
- 4-6 full sheets of paper
- 6-8 quarter sheets of paper
- 6-8 photos of individual family members (don’t forget mom!)
- glue stick
The book repeats, “Mommy! Mommy! Is that you?” on the left side of each page and on the right page is a flap covering up a photo of a family member. Under the photo, write “Peek-a-boo! No. It’s…” and list the family member type, for instance, uncle or sister. The book culminates with finally finding mommy under the last flap and a short Mother’s Day poem. The book is ideal for toddlers and younger learners who are still learning the family structure and enjoy flipping flaps.
To make the book, fold your 4-6 full sheets of paper in half to make the base of your book. The number of pages depends on how many family members you plan to include. Staple down the spine to keep book together. You can also use yarn and a hole punch to keep the book together.
We printed photos of family members on our home printer since we aren’t going out much these days. Be sure to use pictures that are of individual family members so it is clear who the photo is of. We chose a picture of brother, sister, grandma, grandpa, daddy and of course, mommy.
Take the 6-8 family photos and cut them down to just under a quarter-size sheet of construction paper, or approximately 4in x 5 in. Use glue stick to attach one photo per right-side page of the book. Don’t forget to save the best for last – Mommy!
Cut out 6-8 quarter sheets of construction paper. Create a small 1/2 inch crease at the top of the quarter sheets of paper to guide where to use your glue stick and make flipping the flap a little easier for your child. Glue one flap over each photo in the book. Write “Mommy! Mommy! Is that you?” on the left-side sheet and then label under each family photo. Include a special message to mom on the last page and enjoy your book with your little learners all year long!
Happy Mother’s Day, mommas!