Some mums, if they are lucky this Sunday, will get some smoking, charred toast indistinguishable from the Vegemite – minus the visit from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service to douse down the kitchen.
Others will get some hand-made trinkets from their special little darlings, but at Coolum Beach Community Kindy they like to go that little bit extra.
And so it was on Wednesday that kindy mums received a Mother’s Day makeover from their own precious kids that was hands-on.
The mothers’ pamper morning by the Possum Group, which will be repeated this Friday by the Koala kids, was a way to repay all the kindnesses that mums love to bestow on their own.
All that creative play, plaiting and kneading Play-Doh, as well as playing dress-ups, came to the fore as the kindy turned into a real-life hair salon and beauty parlour for these pre-prep Stefans intent on giving Mum “that look” – whether Mum wanted it or not. Or should that be knot?
Whatever the end result in the home-grooming stakes, the mollycoddling morning was an outstanding success with some special bonding.
Kindy director Lorelle Frost said they held this warm-up to Mother’s Day last year and it proved quite a moving experience, with some mothers left almost speechless by what they saw in the mirror.
“The kids were all really quiet at first, but then they really got right into it and it was wonderful to see,” Lorelle said.
“This is part of the term curriculum Connecting With Families, and mothers are their first teachers, so it’s important they and the children share this experience.”
The kids were asked what they would like to do for their mums by the kindy staff, and hair and feet care was very popular – as was making jewellery to spoil the number one people in their lives. So they did the lot, along with some drawings.
And the good news is that the kindy kids at this thoughtful early education centre in Jones Parade still have plenty of creative ideas for what to do with the new toaster Dad bought for Mother’s Day.
So does Mum.
So it’s not too late Dads – switch to flowers and a shower of lovely, thoughtful feminine and fragrant gifts, as well as lunch out.
– PETER GARDINER
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