Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Create a classroom event to celebrate and make it an inclusive experience for all families too. Every family is different so call the event Muffins in the Morning to celebrate any special person in the child’s life! I am sharing tips and tricks that I’ve learned to help you plan your event so it goes smoothly and is a memorable experience for everyone.
If you need printables and help with a Muffins with Mom/Muffins in the Morning, Donuts with Dad/Donut Date (this will be updated very soon to make it more inclusive), or Grandparent’s Day, check out the Family Event bundle in my TpT store HERE.
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Ok, grab your planner, and let’s get started!
Kids Made Tablecloth! Cover the tables with butcher paper and have each student draw in their spot for the event. This can be done during small group a few days before just make sure to keep them in a safe place for the event. It makes clean up a breeze too.
The Food Table! Always be aware of allergies and any food guidelines you have to follow in your classroom when planning what food to offer. We did single-serve muffins, juice, and fruit. Bananas are a cheap option. Don’t forget plates, napkins, and cups too! To brighten the table, I pulled out my Dollar Store vases with fake flowers! Flowers always add a little something extra to table decor.
Event Schedule! Plan out what you want to do. We would eat, give gifts, and always read books with their special person to end the event.
I Love My… Book! During journal time for a week, we work on our I Love My … books. Each day students do one page and then, one at time, I ask the students the survey questions for the last page. You can find this printable book in the Muffins in the Morning set with many cover options.
Kid Made Gifts! We make gifts for their special person and each year we make different things just to mix it up. You can check out my favorite kid-made gifts and how to make them HERE.
Handprint Cards! There is just something special about a card with a handprint on it! It’s like you are saving the size of their small hand forever. Have the student write the name on the inside FIRST using a name card for support if needed. Then have the student draw a green stem with a marker on the front. Lastly, make their handprint with paint for the top of the flower.
Kid Made Cards! As a parent, these melt my heart when I get one from my child because THEY made it. Place stickers, blank cards (colored paper folded in half), markers, and word cards on a tray. Each student uses the supplies and word cards to create a card for their special person.
3D Paper Flowers! These make cute centerpieces for classroom events too! Prep and cut colored paper into thirds (lengthwise), green paper to the desired size for the stems, and some green paper scraps for students to cut the leaves from. To make the flowers, students snip along the top of a colored paper strip. Then roll the green paper to create a stem and tape the ends down. The flower will need leaves so cut small leaves in a triangular or rounded shape and tape to the stem. Lastly, roll the snipped paper and tape it on the inside of the stem.
Kid Made Bags! Don’t buy fancy gift bags because you can have the students make them. Give each student a paper lunch bag to decorate with markers, dot markers, or stickers.
Now that I’ve got you thinking, go plan your classroom event and have fun! I’m sure it will be amazing and families will LOVE it. If you need printables and help with a Muffins with Mom/Muffins in the Morning, Donuts with Dad/Donut Date (this will be updated very soon to make it more inclusive), or Grandparent’s Day, check out the Family Event bundle in my TpT store HERE.
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