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Muffins with Moms

Happy Spring to you! I am in the midst of getting ready for one of my favorite events of the year…Muffins with Moms!  This will be my 7th year hosting this event and I couldn’t be more excited! Never heard of Muffins with Moms? Skeptical that you wouldn’t get any moms to come?  Rest assured, friends. I thought I’d start off by giving a few tips to host your own Muffins with Moms event!

Ideas and activities for Muffins with Moms

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Host Your Event Close to Mother’s Day

Muffins with Moms can really be held at any point in the year, but I prefer to hold it the Friday before Mother’s Day. It is a great way to celebrate the meaningful holiday, and if you live close to your own mom, be sure to invite her as well (my mom comes every year!). You can even make a little gift like these Muffins Crafts (the writing pages are editable so you can type any prompt you want).Muffin-Craft

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Make It Clear That Grandmas, Aunts, Sisters, etc. Can Come

I make it very clear that any and all women are invited to Muffins with Moms. I work in a Title I school. Not all moms can make it. Some are working and can’t take the time off. Some are busy at home, are in prison, passed away, live in another city or just plain refuse to come into school forwhateverreason. I have this honest conversation with my kiddos. We come to the conclusion that if it’s not your actual “mom” that comes in, no biggie. You can invite grandma, or auntie, or your neighbor lady that lets you jump on her trampoline in the summer. One of the biggest reasons I made my Muffins with Moms Invitation Editable. Which leads me to #3.

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Arrange for a Few Volunteers to Cover Any Absent Parents

Even parents with the best of intentions can fail (I’ll be the first to admit, I am not supermom). Sometimes we forget important events. Plan on someone not coming. Plan on a few no shows and you’ll be happy you asked for more volunteers. Ask your nearby high school if they have any students looking for volunteer hours (cheerleaders, sports teams, health and government classes sometimes require these hours). Ask your school staff if they can take an hour (your principal might be totally on board with this–mine have been!) to come and support any students that didn’t have anyone show for them. And if it’s not 1-1, don’t worry. Students can share any volunteers if need be!

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Give Plenty of Notice So Parents Can Ask for the Time Off Work

Most parents will need at least a week’s notice in advance. If you can let them know as soon as you’ve put it on your school schedule (check with your admin to make sure there are no other events at the same time!), you’ll get a better turnout. You’ll also likely get more people that want to help if they have time to plan ahead. Also, make sure you remind them of the date as it draws near. I like to print any super important things on bright paper so it’s not as easy to miss and I can refer to it to students later (“Did you show your mom the pink paper?”). You can find the editable Muffins with Moms invitation and reminder bracelet (paper strips students wear home around their wrist) here.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

I always ask parents to help! Most moms love to help out with events like these, and this is a great opportunity for them to feel like they are supporting their kiddo. I like to provide the coffee and cups (I buy paper travel cups w/lids) and ask parents to bring in the rest.  If you communicate through email, ask parents to “reply all” so they will know what is already taken or you’ll get 500 muffins and no orange juice…or vice versa. Or, if you’re even more of a tech savvy teacher, a google doc will work great for sign-ups, too.

Plan a Variety of Activities

I make sure there is plenty of activities to do so the adults aren’t staring at me wondering what they should be doing. You can find thecraftivity, frame, editable muffins with moms invitation and MORE not even pictured in my Muffins with Moms {the complete kit}.

And you can score these muffin and donut coloring pages in my Free Resource Library by signing up for my newsletter below.

And how cute is this frame to take photos of kiddos and their adults?! It’s printable and you can find it here.

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So, there you have it.  A few tips to get you started. So, tell me, have you hosted a Muffins with Moms event before? What tips do you have to share? Comment below!

P.S. If you’re already thinking, “What about the Dads?!” you might be interested in this Donuts with Dads event kit.

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2 Comments

  1. April 27, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    I love your craftivity! We have hosted before, and it was successful. We invited any female to come with the students. I will need to look into purchasing your product for our upcoming event.
    Thanks,
    Emily
    scheinbere@hotmail.com

  2. April 5, 2017 / 12:56 am

    We have a similar event for our classroom, but because of our demographic we call it "Lovely Lady Day" and "Marvelous Man Day".

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