By ABBY SLANKER
March 9 was a very special day for the students of Canfield United Methodist Church preschool. It was a day when their moms came in just to play, as part of the school’s annual Mommy’s Play Day.
The school offers three classes: a 3-year-old class with lead teacher Monica Egolf, a 4-year-old class with lead teacher Ellen Bennett and a 5-year-old class with lead teacher Erin Glista. Each class has a scheduled time of an hour to play with their moms at the school.
The students prepared for their moms’ visit the week before Mommy’s Play Day. Along with a handmade invitation to Mommy’s Play Day, the students made name tags for their moms, helped prepare a snack and practiced songs to sing to their moms on the big day.
The 3-year-old class made name tag wrist corsages for their moms out of paper towel rolls. They painted them metallic gold, silver or copper and added a flower and a ribbon to tie it to their mom’s wrist. The 4-year-old class made cut-out flower name tags and added gold glitter in the middle for just the right amount of sparkle. The 5-year-old class made necklaces out of pipe cleaners for their moms, with a cut-out butterfly charm displaying their names.
In anticipation of their mommy’s visit, each class also decorated a bulletin board in the hallway leading to the classroom.
The 3-year old class ‘colored’ eggs with their names on them and asked their moms to find theirs on the board, like a real Easter egg hunt. The 4-year-old class made ‘portraits’ of their moms out of construction paper, complete with beaded necklaces. The 5-year-old class made flowers out of their moms handprints, with their smaller handprints on top.
Each class made their own snack mix for their moms, consisting of pretzels, marshmallows, dried cranberries and M&Ms. The children attached a special poem to their mom’s snack bag and signed their names.
Stations were set up throughout the classroom where the students and their moms could choose to draw on easels together, play at the doctor’s office, read, color or play with blocks.
Each class also serenaded their moms with special mommy songs, such as “M-O-M-M-Y” to the tune of “B-I-N-G-O” and “We Love Mommy” to the tune of “Farashaka.”
To end their time together, both moms and students in each class formed a circle to sing the “Goodbye Song” and “Buckle Up Song” together.