Poem craft for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day


My kids love to make hand made presents for special occasions. This easy hand print poem craft makes a great present for Moms, Dads, and Grandparents. Plus, it can be adapted for any age!

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Sissy’s finished product

Supplies Needed:

  • Card stock (8×11 piece)
  • Markers, Stickers, Crayons, or something to decorate
  • Fingerpaint (or other washable paint)
  • Frame (optional)

Enclosed below is the poem I used for this project. I tried to research the origins of this poem online but never found the original author. If you don’t want to use this poem, you could create your own, or if you are helping your child create this for someone else, encourage them to write a poem of their own.

For this project, use the 8×11 card stock. I find that construction paper is a bit flimsy for this project. Plus you want to be able to put it through your printer when you copy the poem.

Have your child dip his/her hand in paint and put a hand print on the page.  After the hand print dries, decorate it however your child wants. To add a special touch to it, add a frame, and you are ready to give this gift to a special parent or grand parent!

The Poem We Used

Author’s Note

This craft was originally published in 2011! I love this craft because it is simple, and your child can customize it however they want. When I first did this project with Sissy, she was still quite little. She went through a foam sticker phase, where she put foam stickers all over everything!

When I look back at this, I remember not only this craft, but all the times I found foam stickers on my desk, on papers around the house, and even in my bathroom! While they sometimes ended up in places I would rather not find stickers, I laugh about it now because she thought she was decorating! Her sister is almost the age she was when we did this together, and I look forward to doing this project with Miss Crankles and possibly getting an updated one from Sissy this year.

I hope that you have fun making this craft with your little ones. If you do this and post it on social media, be sure to use hashtag #bearhavenkidlets so I can see your child’s take on this craft!

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  1. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    June 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I have always loved this poem – it is just so true!
    Thanks for linking up this idea to the Sunday Showcase last week & we hope to see you back today!

    • bearhaven
      June 26, 2011 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you for hosting. I found a few new blogs, and want to start writing more craft posts 🙂

  2. bearhaven
    May 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Reblogged this on Bear Haven Mama's Tales and commented:

    With Mother’s Day fastly approaching, I thought it was a good time to repost this popular post! Enjoy 🙂

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