When is Mother’s Day in 2024? Asked my husband, when I mentioned that I thought it would be fun to have lunch together. Yes! Mother’s Day is coming up again. As a mother, do you also get asked when it is again? For all the asking fathers and children: In the Netherlands, it will be celebrated on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

Traditionally, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, a tradition that originated in the United States. Countries including the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and America follow this tradition.

In Catholic countries, Mother’s Day is usually celebrated on Aug. 15 (the Assumption of Mary). In Antwerp and surrounding areas, it is also traditionally celebrated on that date.

Over here, you find this blog in Dutch.
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Why Mother’s Day?

Would you like to read more about Mother’s Day’s history? Then, be sure to take a look at these websites. Experience.org explains everything: the history, origins, and why. Furthermore, there is also a website that is entirely about Mother’s Day.
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Three tips for Mother’s Day gifts

If you haven’t already, it also means it’s time to think about a nice gift for the mothers in your life. Why not something homemade? Most moms find that the most fun.

Here are three talented, fun, and creative ideas for a truly Dutch Mother’s Day with your kids. Even if you haven’t started yet, it works well for Sunday!
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1. Mother’s Day card or letter

Nothing is more fun than a personally written message from your child to their mother. Have your child create a beautiful card with a sweet message. Use colored paper, stickers, glitter, or other embellishments to make the card extra special.

Writing cards and letters is also an important skill that can help children develop their communication and writing skills. Here are some tips on what you can teach a child about writing a card or letter.

Follow the steps below:

1. Structure: Explain to a child that there is a certain structure to writing a card or a letter. For example, a letter begins with a salutation (for example, “Dear Mom …”), followed by an introduction, a main body and a conclusion. It is important to tell this so the child knows how to compose the letter or card.

2. Content: Discuss with the child what he or she wants to put in the card or letter. Have the child think about what he or she wants to say and what the message is. Encourage the child to be personal and use his/her own words. I advise children with. important cards always advise them to write the text in draft form first, so that if everything is correct he can neatly transcribe it at his leisure.

3. Spelling and grammar: Have your child read his letter or card aloud to check for mistakes that are not necessary for his ability. Help your child, but don’t put too much emphasis on having to get it right.

4. Creativity: Allow the child to be creative with his/her letter or card. Encourage the child to use drawings, stickers, or colors to brighten the card or letter. Look here for some great ideas (if only for the materials you can already gather). We also have a nice step-by-step plan for making a card with a flower from cupcakes. Send us an email, and we will send you the step-by-step plan.

2. A poem

A Mother’s Day poem can also be very nice. It can be homemade or found on the Internet. Your child or children can also practice the poem and recite it by heart, for example, over breakfast in bed.

On the website of Gedachten-gedichten, you will find poems for all ages and mothers. These poems can be used for inspiration or to inspire. This website generates a poem when you specify the gift.

Is your child a little older and likes rhymes? Then, explore the different rhyme schemes with him and follow them.

For example:

  • Stroke rhyme: AAAA: the last word of the sentence rhymes.
  • Crossed rhyme: ABAB: with this scheme, the last words of the sentences rhyme alternately.
  • Paired rhyme: AABBCC: the last words of consecutive sentences always rhyme with this.
  • Embracing rhyme: ABBA involves rhyming the first and fourth sentences and the second and third sentences in a verse.

When your child’s Dutch is not sufficient yet, you can, of course, if your child already has knowledge of poems in their own language, let them talk about it with you in their own language: what poems are there in their own language, how are they structured, what makes them beautiful or special? In this way, you activate prior knowledge about poetry and the concepts that go with it in their own language (i.e., expert knowledge). You can then connect to that with concepts from poetry in Dutch. Think of rhyme, imagery, and theme.

3. Baking a Mother’s Day cake

Bake a special Mother’s Day pastry or cake with your child. Make it extra festive with decorations such as whipped cream, marzipan or chocolate. Package it nicely and add a personal message.

Choose the cake first, write down the ingredients, get them together and follow the recipe. This gift doesn’t get any more talented 😉

Plenty of inspiration on these websites:

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When is Mother’s Day 2024? May 12! Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

Hopefully, these ideas will inspire you to make something fun and creative for Mother’s Day. Have fun, and have a great Mother’s Day!