Blend Poetry, Art, and iPad to create a unique and techie Mother’s Day Card
Ready to make mom something a little different this year? Well, this DIY Mother’s Day Card on the iPad is a fun and techie way for kids to make a special for mom. It doesn’t take very long and students end up with a creative, frameable piece of art.
This Mother’s Day activity blends art, technology, and poetry writing. I like it because it is super fun and easy to create this DIY Mother’s Day card with your students. Mom’s like it because it includes a picture of their beloved child and has a memorable poem.
- Drawing app (like Sketchbook – Sketchbook Express is a free iPad app)
- A way to print from the iPad (Color printers are best, but not necessary). Black and white can look modern and chic
The first step is to have the students write their Mother’s Day poems. This part can take longer depending on the kind of poem you want to have your students write. If you haven’t already, check out my post from last week all about writing Special Person Poetry. I included a downloadable Freebie with lesson plans and resources for writing this special type of poetry ( CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ).
The special person poetry takes about 30 – 60 minutes to write depending on your students’ capabilities.
10 Simple Steps to Make the Mother’s Day Card
Watch this short video tutorial that walks you step-by-step through making the Mother’s Day Card on the iPad.
STEP 1: First, have the students take a selfie of themselves with their mouths open and holding their hand up in a fist or out flat. The key is to make sure it is a close-up picture and not far away. We want to see the child’s face, not their entire body (that is why I encourage selfies).
I give them about 5 minutes to do this because instantly they all become the most critical people in the world. Many students will need to take about 50 pictures before they decide on the one they like the best.
STEP 2: Once they have the photo they like, they import it into Sketchbook Express.
STEP 4: Next, students draw flowers in their hand like they are handing them to their mom. Remind them to not draw over their faces (moms want to see them)!
STEP 6: Once the drawing is complete, Save to photo roll.
STEP 7: Insert drawing into Pages
STEP 9: Print out
STEP 10: Finally, students give their cards to mom with a hug and a kiss!
These are simple and the kids love making them! It’s a little change of pace from the traditional card, but they make moms happy!
Do you think you might give this a try with your students? If so, I’d love to see a sample! Post a photo in Instagram use the hashtag #DIYTechMomCard and tag me @theprimaryprofessor!
I love to see Mom’s Day Cards!
Have fun getting creative and techie!
The Primary Professor