When it comes to kid-friendly cooking, it doesn't get easier than mugs filled with scrambled eggs. They require just a few minutes of time in the microwave and very little guidance. Your little ones get that sense of independence while still staying safe in the kitchen.
Tossing a waffle in the toaster is as simple as pushing down a button, but they aren't exactly the most glamorous treat. So instead, help them out ahead of time by throwing together a few special extras. A little homemade whipped cream and a bowl full of berries that have already been sliced make a great addition
Regular oatmeal can require a little time at the stove, so instead help them opt for overnight oats. Toss some rolled oats in a jar with a little milk — flavors such as almond works well too — and a few fun ingredients — think cinnamon, nuts, or chocolate chips. Give it a vigorous shake, toss it in the fridge and in the morning, fancified oatmeal is ready to go.
Parfaits are really simple for little hands, since they require very minimal work. Have the ingredients ready to go — slice any berries they may include, open any sealed jars. Let them layer the ingredients in whatever way they want before serving
A bagel is always welcome at the breakfast table — or in bed. Give them the chance to take it up a notch by including a few different spreads. Lay out a few flavored cream cheeses for them to choose from instead of just the standard. It will make breakfast in bed feel more special and fancy.
Toast is a great option for children. Instead of just including butter, however, think of a few other choices. A swipe of Nutella and some banana go a long way on a crispy slice of toast.
Smoothies allow for a lot of creativity and would be perfect in the hands of a child. Give them the necessary tools — bananas, yogurt, berries — and show them before the big day how to use the blender. Be sure to remind them to put the lid on tight before hitting that on button!
Only slightly lesser known than the bagel sandwich is the waffle sandwich. Give little ones a short cut with frozen waffles. They can stuff them with peanut butter, Nutella, jelly. Any ingredients they choose will taste excellent sandwiched between a crunchy waffle.
There will always be the mom who just wants a big heaping bowl of fresh, juicy fruit on her big day. Be sure to slice and hull everything in advance, but let them arrange the platter. Even the simple task of layering the fruit on a pretty tray will give them a huge feeling of accomplishment.
Combining something like orange juice with mango juice is a great way to start the morning. For the kids, grab a few plastic cocktail glasses at the dollar store to give the drink a fancy feel. Then they can just layer in the drinks however they want.