Portraits of Mom

Mom's beauty captured by the eye (and hand) of a child.

What you need:

  • White drawing paper, 8" x 10"
  • Matting or frame-cut cardboard
  • Crayons, markers, pencils
  • Small strip of paper, 2-3" wide
  • Glue or two-sided tape
  • Frame (optional)

What you do:

1. Let your kid loose, drawing a photo of mom. Tip: you can start him/her off with a large circle for mom's face, at the center of the page.

2. You can buy a photo mat or cut a 7.75" x 9.75" rectangle in a piece of cardboard.

3. Give the child the mat to decorate — think hearts, scribbles, patterns, bubbles, lines and sunshines.

4. Cut a piece of plain white paper into a 2-3" strip. It will be used as the name placard on the mat. Optional: cut forks, curls or points at the edges to fancy it up!

5. Have child write "MOM" or mom's name on the strip.

6. Use glue or two-sided tape to adhere the paper strip to the center, bottom of the photo mat. Let glue set and dry completely before doing anything else.

7. Optional: frame the matted photo for mom! Wrap and gift it on Mother's Day.

Additional ideas:

  • Be sure to have your child sign and date his/her masterpiece.
  • More than one kid? Have each draw a portrait of mom. Frame uniformly and hang as a quirky kind of an art collection.
  • Have your child draw a new portrait of mom each year. Build a unique, fun art collection by your favorite artist.
  • Use a multi-frame mat and have your child draw multiple photos that capture mom's favorite seasons, activities or outfits.