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Mother's Day Activities for Kids

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Parents and children are invited to dive into our Virtual Library and enjoy ebooks, videos, music, crafts,
recommended reads, and more! Check back each week for a new set of themed activities.
Click on the title/image to go to the listed activity, or watch our pathfinder videos if you need help.
To access these activities, you'll need a Thousand Oaks library card and PIN.
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WATCH & LISTEN

Kanopy-Banner_FranklinFranklin - Franklin's Gift
Franklin is very proud of his Mother's Day gift, until he sees what his friends have gotten their mothers. Will his home-made gift be good enough? This episode also contains Franklin Growing Up Fast. To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Kanopy-Banner_FranklinFranklin and Friends - Franklin Needs to Notice
Goose's ballet jump saves the magic show that Franklin and Bear stage for Mother's Day. This episode also contains Franklin the Engineer.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_Black George Washington's Mother
Discover the true story of Mary Washington, the mother of America's First President. To watch the show, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have an account.
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Little Bear - Present for Mother Bear

Based on the books by Minarik and Sendak, this animated series follows the adventures of curious Little Bear. Little Bear needs a present for Mother Bear's birthday, so he asks his friends for help. When they all suggest something different, Little Bear returns to his original gift idea. This episode also contains Little Bear's Wish and Little Bear's Shadow.
Mother Bruce
Bruce the bear keeps to himself until his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings. Even worse, the goslings are convinced he's their mother! What's a bear to do when these goslings won't go away?
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackMother Teresa
Learn about the selfless nun, teacher, and nurse who brought hope and love to the poorest areas of India. To watch the animated film, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have an account.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackSeven Little Monsters - Are You My Family?
Created by Maurice Sendak, this series follows the misadventures of seven monster siblings. When One and Six argue about plans for a Mother's Day party, Six runs off to join the circus. One realizes that the party, and their family, won't be complete until Six comes home.
Freegal-buttonBedtime (Mommy) (Try out a Song, Track 14)
Ronnie D'Addario's sweet lullaby about a mother's love is perfect for bedtime or naptime.
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Happy Mother's Day (Apple Apple, Track 9)

Celebrate Mom's special day with The Harmonica Pocket. Stream this song anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Heart_MusicKids Pop Songs for Mother's Day
Using familiar tunes, the Kiboomers dedicate this album to Mommies, Moms, and Mothers.
Freegal LogoMommy's Coming (Nathaniel's PlayhouseTrack 7)
Whether it's a trip to the store or going out of town, Kenny Lyon's song reassures children that Mommy will be back soon!
Swan_GoslingsMother's Day and Father's Day Songs for Kids
Moms, Dads, and kids will enjoy singing along with these cute songs from the Kiboomers. Stream these songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.

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M
y Mom (The Playground, Track 7)
Tony Bennett sings this all-ages tribute to his best friend.

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That's My Mom (The Greatest Invention, Track 5)

Who's the best at making you feel better, playing catch, and helping with homework? As Mick Kovar sings, "That's My Mom!"
Cat-FamilyTime with Mommy (Music 4 Mommy & Me, Vol.2, Track 18)
A beautiful instrumental tune for Mommies and babies. Stream this song anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Freegal LogoWhen Mommy is on the Telephone
(Family Fun 365: Sing Along with Gerbert #1, Track 13)

When your Mom's on the phone, give her a break by following these musical instructions.

READ & EXPLORE

britannica-library-children-logoMother's Day
Check out these quick Mother's Day facts from Britannica Library for Children.
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Mother Teresa

Learn about a modern-day saint and her dedication to helping the sick and poor in Calcutta, India.
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Is Your Mama a Llama? / Animal Babies (Animals and Nature)

Learn about mothers in the animal kingdom with Deborah Guarino's animated story and Scholastic's Animal Babies. This paired video storybook and ebook are also available in Spanish. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover.
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The Most Amazing Animal Moms

Learn more about these wild and woolly moms from Girls' World (May 2020 Issue, pgs. 84-85). Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Elephant icon.
Tumblebook LogoTumbleBooks about Moms and Grandmas (Animals and Nature Videos / Grandparents Playlist)
Check out videos about Walrus and Polar Bear Moms and find animated storybooks celebrating Grandmothers! Watch our pathfinder video for TumbleBook Library first, then click on the TumbleBook Library icon.
Libby-appMother's Day eBooks
Enjoy these stories with amazing women in your family, then check out DIY craft books for great Mother's Day gift ideas! OverDrive ebooks are accessible from any computer and from any device using the Libby or OverDrive app.
Novelist-K-8-logoMommy and Me Reading List
These popular titles for ages 0-8 focus on great times with Mom, whether at home, out on the town, or celebrating Mother's Day. In the list, click on "Check the Library Catalog" to see if the Library has an ebook copy.
Novelist-K-8-logoGrandmothers Reading List
Whether you're curled up with Grandma or having a video chat storytime, these award-winning titles for ages 0-8 are a perfect way to spend (Grand)Mother's Day! In the list, click on "Check the Library Catalog" to see if the Library has an ebook copy.

ACTION!

Flipster LogoHow Well Do You Know Your Mom? Quiz
Check your level of Mom knowledge with this quiz from Girls' World (June 2018 Issue, pg. 72)! Can you guess all her favs, or did you flunk Mom 101? Then, help Nia meet up with Raven by defeating the Mother's Day Maze on page 64 of the same issue. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Craft - Bouquet Banner for Mom
Highlights (May 2018 Issue, pg. 18) shows you how to create a beautiful floral banner for Mother's Day. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Craft - Bubbling Bath Fizzies

These Bath Fizzies from Highlights (May 2019 Issue, pg. 36) are a perfect gift for busy Mom's tired feet. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Craft - Create a Little Gift for Grandma

Make pretty containers for Grandma's favorite things with Family Fun (Apr./May 2018 Issue, pg. 5). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Mom_FlowersCraft - Get Crafty for Mother's Day
Not sure what to get? Take a look at these easy gift ideas from Boys' Life (May 2020 Issue, pg. 6). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Kitchen Craft - A Kid-Made Mother's Day
 
Family Fun (May 2017 Issue, pgs. 46-47) shows you how to create sweet, crunchy, and soothing treats for Mom! You'll need a grown-up to help you create these delicious snacks. Got extra time? Make a set of Bathing Beauties from page 26 of the same issue. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Craft_SuppliesCraft - Make Someone Smile!
For a last-minute gift, Girls' World (May 2019 Issue, pgs. 17-18) has pre-made cards to give to your Mom, Grandma, or godmother. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Craft - Mother's Day Cupcake Card

Highlights (May 2017 Issue, pg. 36) has a card for the sweetest Mom in the world. Combine this card with our Treat Time or Kitchen Craft gifts for a food-themed Mother's Day. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Hat_CardCraft - Mother's Day Hat Card
Top off Mother's Day with this cute card from Highlights (May 2019 Issue, pg. 19). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster Logo Craft - Rustic Concrete Candle Holder
Older kids with a well-stocked workshop will enjoy the challenge of this Mother's Day gift. With step-by-step instructions, Boys' Life (May 2017 Issue, pgs. 48-49) walks you through the construction of a tea light candle holder. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
Flipster LogoCraft - Tee Time!
Chickadee (May 2017 Issue, pgs. 14-15) shows you how to turn T-shirts or pillowcases into bright, one-of-a-kind gifts for Mom! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
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Craft - Treat Time

Whip up some yummy gifts for Mom with Chickadee (May 2019 Issue, pg. 26)! Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
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Coloring Pages

Add a splash of color to Mother's Day!

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