With having both in class and at-home students, I was struggling with what to do for Mother’s Day. It would be hard to do a craft because not every student would have the materials. Then it hit me, why not create both digital cards that distance learning students could edit in Google Classroom or Seesaw and printable cards that students in the classroom could color. They could still be downloaded or printed as keepsakes and they could be personalized with student pictures and their creative edits – perfect!
I came up with ideas for the cards by “tweaking” Mother’s Day gifts that we had used in past years. I made them digital by creating templates in PowerPoint. I always like to give students choice, so I created 6 different designs from which they could choose. If you would like to use them with your students they are available here.
Use PowerPoint to Insert Student Photos
One of the easiest platforms to use for inserting student photos in a picture is PowerPoint because it has the crop to shape editing tool. It makes it so easy to resize and shape the photo to the exact size and shape you need. Photos you have on file can be used or students can send a recent photo via Google Classroom, Seesaw, or email. Students are pretty good at taking pictures and selfies nowadays LOL.
Once student photos were inserted in the cards, I saved the digital cards as JPEG picture files and sent them to the students to edit and printed out the black & white cards to give to students in the classroom.
Students Can Color the Printable Black & White Cards
Students color and personalize the printable black & white cards.
Students Can Edit The Digital Cards in Google Slides
The cards can be edited in Google Slides via Google Classroom. Students can write messages to their moms and “sign” their names. They can also insert shapes such as hearts, smiley faces, suns, stars, etc.
Students can also add callout shapes to make it look like they are saying something special to their moms.
Students Can Personalize Their Digital Mother’s Day Cards in Seesaw
Personally, I love having the students use Seesaw to edit their cards because they can use the drawing tools to sign their names and draw pictures, use the text tool for messages, and my favorite part is they can use the record option to record a special message for their moms that their moms can download and keep! How special!
The cards can also be printed for students to sign and decorate if digital editing is not available or if you send students packets or printed materials.
If you would like to use these Mother’s Day cards with your students, click here to download them from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
“Oh my goodness….I am technologically challenged at best and this product was amazing!!!! The instructions were so clear and concise that even I was able to follow them! I am so excited for my kiddos Moms to receive these amazing cards on Mother’s Day! I am loving using Seesaw and this product is perfect! Thank you, thank you, thank you!” – Lisa J.
“I was so excited to find this activity so that I could provide an adorable Mother’s Day card for my kids. I did a Zoom with them and they can’t wait to give it to their moms! Thank you!” – Shelly P.
“This resource was super easy to implement in my Google Classroom. The students were very excited to create easy to make e cards for their moms!” – Vanessa P.
“LOVED having this to make a special Mother’s Day card for the moms to my students! It was such a sweet surprise for them to receive these in an email – completely unexpected! They LOVED them!!” – Leah W.
“Awesome resource! Easy to use templates and directions were terrific! The students loved the different choices!” – Donna H.