Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Honoring Mother's Day

Julia Ward Howe


On the second Sunday in May we honor mothers and the positive contributions they have made to society.  Mother’s Day was first observed in the United States by Anna Jarvis in a memorial service for her own mother. Prior to that Julia Ward Howe had attempted to promote peace by honoring mothers who had lost their sons to war. Anna Jarvis campaigned for an annual day of recognition for mothers, and Mother’s Day was established as an official holiday in 1914.Ann Jarvis




Here are some ideas for children who are blind or visually impaired to celebrate mothers at home or at school!



Class Activities

Planting flowers

Planting Flowers with Kids

Planting Flowers: A Mother’s Day Science Project   
These activities provides an opportunity for children to learn what flowers need to grow and how to nurture them.  Young children may find it helpful to consider ways in which their own mother/guardian has cared for and nurtured them.  Plants can also be grown at school and sent home as Mother's Day presents.


 Moms of the Future Moms of the future
 (Grades 6-8)

Consider roles that moms have played in the past and the present and ask students to imagine the future role of moms through discussion, essays or dramatization.      



Mother Nature

StudMother Natureents prepare interview questions for Mother Nature and then respond (as Mother Nature) to questions designed by another student.  This activity can be included in curriculum of Arts and Humanities, Science or Social Studies and can be tailored for grades 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12.    





Craft Ideas  Sweet-smelling paper flowers

Sweet Smelling Paper Flowers
Make aromatic paper flowers for Mother’s Day.  The cutting of petals can be done in advance and other adaptations may be required.  Children can pick their favorite scent from perfumes or essential oils.  


Hand Print Art

Make hand or footprints in cement and decorate small stones.
                                                                                                                                                  rainbow shoes
Shoe Planter
Turn an old shoe into a planter as a gift for Mother’s Day.  (Grades Pre-K-5)



Braille Books

The Kissing Hand
by Audrey Penn
Contracted Braille, Seedlings
Age 4-8

Love You ForeverLove You Forever
by Munsch and Sheila McGraw
Braille, National Braille Press
Age: 4-8

Circle of Gold
by Candy Dawson Boyd
Contacted Braille, Seedlings
King Award Winner
Age 9-12

Sarah, Plain and Tall
by Patricia MacLachlan
Contracted Braille, Seedlings
Age 8-12




mother's day collage


Posted on May 5, 2013
Updated on: January 25, 2018