10 no-cost fun activities to honor mom

Yahoo! The big day is almost here! Hope you’ve shopped or made something amazing for mom. It’s too late to order a gift, but not too late to think about what to do on Sunday other than or in addition to brunch.

We’ve got some ideas for activities the whole family can enjoy. And we bet you’ve got some of your own. If so, let us know in the comment section. Here are ours:

1. Make a documentary about mom. Grab your video camera and record mom’s story starting when she was born. The twist is that every time she mentions a point in her life when someone present first knew her, that person should be brought in to tell a story or recount an anecdote. Or if mom’s too shy to share her life story or says, “It’s boring. There’s nothing to tell!” play the role of documentarian and ask her questions that will bring her history alive.

2.  Have the family bring photo albums to mom’s house and spend time looking through them, recounting stories and events.

3.   Have everyone participate in some improve scenes based on mom’s life. Have her write out some scenarios on slips of paper, then ask participants to draw one, pick a partner if necessary, and act out the scenes. For instance, she might write, "I met your dad at a high school dance." You take it from there.

4. Have everyone write on slips of paper what they love about mom. Decorate a glass jar and insert the slips. If ever mom is feeling low, she can remove some slips and will instantly feel better.

5. Have everyone bring a small plant or seeds. Plant mom’s garden for her.

6. Craft something together. Collaging is a lot of fun and any ages can participate. Cut up cardboard boxes for a background. Have people bring whatever they might like to add. If they have memorabilia surrounding mom, all the better. Ideas include buttons, pieces of fabric, even small rocks from a place you live. Put all the materials in the center of the table. Work in teams if you like and craft collages that represent how you feel about mom.

7. Ask mom what games she played as a child and play them.

8. Write a book together. This can be for mom or about mom. Everyone can ask one question and have mom answer it, then write the answer on a sheet of paper, draw on it or decorate in some way. Or do a book featuring mom’s quotes. You know all those things she told you when you were growing up: Don’t cross your eyes or they’ll stick like that, always wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident, etc. Comment and illustrate. When all the pages are done, punch holes  in the sheets, add a decorative cardboard cover, tie yarn through the holes and present the book to mom.

9. Have your mom read to you from her favorite book. Or if she knows any poetry or songs, ask if she’ll say or sing them for you.

10. Make mom “Queen for a Day.” Fashion a crown. Do her bidding. Make sure she knows about this in advance so she can come up with some “interesting” demands.

We wish you a wonderful Mother's Day! 

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are a mother-daughter team and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at www.CelebrateGreen.net.

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