Arts/Crafts, Books, Holidays

WOW MOM: Mother’s Day Card Symmetry

Mom, if you are reading this blog post, please STOP. Right now. Delete this email immediately. Close your Web browser. Walk away.

Is she gone?

Ok, I’m going to let you in on a little secret — our homemade Mother’s Day cards. This year’s design comes from Loreen Leedy, author of the captivating math-based picture book, Seeing Symmetry. Loreen has a host of symmetry-related activities on her TeachersPayTeachers site, including the template for this WOWMOM card ($3) (Note: Her TeachersPayTeachers site has a free activity pack for the book Seeing Symmetry.)

Cooper asked me about symmetry just the other day. I’m not sure where he’d heard about it. Because he’d asked about the concept, making this card was a perfect opportunity to learn about the topic. While Cooper was decorating (with glitter glue, of course), I pulled some of Finley’s construction paper letters off the wall where they hang, so we could talk about which ones had symmetry.

Does Cooper understand symmetry now? Nope. I think that’s a fourth-grade math standard. But our glitter glue WOWMOM cards are sure to wow the moms in our lives. What do you have planned for Mother’s Day?


It’s in the cards

Lots of love, that is.

As much as possible, I try to enlist my children in making birthday cards, Mother’s Day cards, Father’s Day cards and the like for a variety of reasons. I don’t know if you’ve checked the price tags on store-bought cards lately, but some of the musical cards approach the price of a dozen roses. Despite the money matters, how much cooler is it to receive a home-made card, especially from a dear friend or grandchild? Now that’s a card that actually means something. Finally, card-making is a practical way to engage children in arts and crafts. My two boys are not much for coloring, cutting and designing. However, if someone’s birthday or a holiday is on the horizon, they will oblige me with making a card.

With that said, I am always on the lookout for great card-making ideas. FamilyFun has some of the best I’ve seen,and I’ve used many of their templates and instructions. Here are some of our favorites:

Do you prefer homemade or store-bought cards? Do you have any fun card designs you’d like to share?