Mother’s Day is May 10, 2020 this year and with social isolation in effect grandmother’s are dying to see and get hugs from their grand-babies more than ever. Since the kids can’t go to Grandma’s house right now, you can still give her a giant hug!  I’m not quite certain where this idea originated. However, I remember doing this as a kid. Growing up in a military family; you get creative with staying connected to family and friends when you are stationed far from home. Sending a hug is the perfect solution for when you can’t be there in person. This activity is super simple, yet genius! All you have to do is trace your little ones outstretched arms to create a giant “hug,” roll it up and mail it out.



  • Roll of Packing Paper
  • Art Supplies (Crayons, Markers, Paint)
  • Kid safe scissors
  • Envelope for mailing



  1. Gather the supplies you will need. (If you don’t have a giant roll of paper laying around don’t worry… You can use the back of wrapping paper, tape pieces of construction paper together or even use party streamer to get a full arms length.)
  2. Spread out your paper on the floor and have your child lay down on the paper and trace their head, arms, and upper torso onto the paper.
  3. Decorate by using paint, markers or crayons.
  4. Next, cut the body outline.
  5. Write or print out a message to go with the hug. You can even print pictures to go with your hug too.
  6. Roll up your hug and put in a gift bag to bring to grandmas or fold and put in an envelope and mail out.



Even though I’d love to see you every day,

in our houses we must stay.

I miss you with all my heart,

and wish we weren’t kept apart.

Since I can’t come over to play,

I’m mailing you this hug today!

Wrap my arms around you tight,

Repeat daily until we reunite.


-By: The Playful Parent