Mini Math Muffins

This year not only did I sign up to be one of the room moms in Cody’s classroom (something I vowed I would not do again) but I also signed up to help out with the school’s largest fundraiser, XtraMath.  I am not sure what I was thinking.  The fundraiser involves having the students get pledges for money on the number of days or the amount of time they spend doing math problems above and beyond their normal school math work.  There is a computer program the school uses to track the time and type of math problems the kids work on.  We also provide worksheets for the younger kids or those who would rather put pencil to paper than use the computer.  This year the fundraiser spans fifteen days.

We have all sorts of incentives to encourage participation but the success of the program really comes down to the teachers.  It is through the teachers that the necessary information gets sent home and it is through them that the excitement for doing the extra math is created.  It was with this in mind that the XtraMath committee decided to do a little kickoff party to get the teachers fired up.  We had coffee and goodies for them to eat.  We had surveys for them to fill out on ways we can make the process easier for them and their students.  We want their input and we want them to be happy and excited about XtraMath.

So today I made mini math themed pumpkin muffins for the party.  I have never done anything that even closely resembles frosting decorating but I think they turned out nicely.

Mini Math Muffins Collage

The pumpkin muffin recipe I found on New Nostalgia two years ago and it is a HUGE hit with everyone in the family.  These muffins are seriously good and so simple to make.  I make them a bit healthier by decreasing the amount of sugar to one cup and using one cup whole wheat flour and only two-thirds cup of white flour.

Since I could not take all the muffins to school without risk of mutiny from the boys I set some aside.

Mini Pumpkin Muffins

By the way they reacted when they saw them I think they appreciated it.

Mini Muffins for the boys Collage

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I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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21 Responses to Mini Math Muffins

  1. The Waiting says:

    I am completely sure that I would have loved math a lot more when I was a kid if I had had those muffins. So cute! You should get a Pinterest button for your blog so I can pin them 😀

  2. muddledmom says:

    Cute! Math seems to be the theme today!

  3. These are GREAT! And thanks for the link to the muffin recipe. Decreasing sugar and upping whole wheat flour is a trick out of my book, too. Now is the time to tell you that when I was in 7th grade, I did, for extra credit in math, what I still refer to as “The Pi Project,” which involved finding pi several different ways. I cannot remember those ways. I do remember dropping toothpicks on some kind of grid….but no more. But perhaps that can be the theme for next year. I will wait anxiously for your pie recipe!

    • shoes says:

      I LOVE this recipe! I can not tell you how much I love it. I make double batches every time I make it (because I love it but also I don’t know what to do with a 1/2 can of pumpkin filling.)
      I have an amazing pie recipe that I am planning on making for this Practice Thanksgiving – stay tuned. 🙂

  4. mimijk says:

    How could this not make everyone smile?? Their faces are priceless – just like their mom!

  5. Brilliant! Simple and yummy.

  6. Gems says:

    Those muffins are incredible!!! Must pass on the idea to my class moms 😉

    • shoes says:

      I hope you do – they make the perfect treat for they are just the right size and a little bit sweet! (Ha, I didn’t plan on rhyming that but it worked quite well.) 🙂

  7. Very cute! Kudos on helping the school, too. Around here, volunteers have been in short supply lately. Therefore, I am the room mom for one of my three kids and, apparently, I’ll be putting together the yearbook – again (something I also swore I was NOT going to do!)

    • shoes says:

      My biggest gripe about being room mom is the lack of help and support we get from the parents. I get that everyone is busy but seriously, it is not that hard to send a bag of candy corn for your kids Halloween party with them to school. I hate having to ask multiple times for assistance on school events and this year I am not going to get all worked up over it (or I will, because I know myself and just can’t help it).

      Good for you for stepping up and taking that on. It is a lot of work but I know that the teachers, staff, and parents appreciate it. Also, the way I look at it is that I have this chance to be a part of my child’s school world right now, a place they will not want me in as time rolls on and I become the embarrassing, meddling mom. 🙂

  8. Jodi says:

    I too have a pumpkin muffin recipe that is also a big hit. Mine calls for one cup of chocolate chips. It seems such an odd combination, but OMG they are good!

    Looks like your boys are pretty happy. 🙂

    • shoes says:

      Oh no, I don’t think chocolate and pumpkin is an odd combination, it sounds good to me. Maybe I will add some mini chips to my mini muffins to add some extra yum!

      I think they boys could happily live off my mini pumpkin muffins if I let them.

  9. Dena says:

    Would it be possible to use your photo of the mini muffins? I work at a school and we are currently offering a morning program called “Muffins and Math” for supplemental math help outside of the classroom and your picture is perfect! It would only be used in our weekly email sent directly to parents informing them of the program.

    • shoes says:

      Sure! Thank you for asking. I hope I didn’t get back to you too late. Your supplemental math program “Muffins and Math” sounds great! Enjoy.

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