Words by: Tom Piper
Image: Breakfast in Bed by Mary Cassatt [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Ask any mom what she wants most for Mother’s Day and she’ll probably say “a day off!” Letting her sleep in and be served breakfast in bed is a great start. It’s also a wonderful way for kids to flex their cooking skills…no matter what their age!
What kids can handle
Kids can usually do a lot more in the kitchen than you think. But no matter how capable they seem, always have an adult in charge in the kitchen. Here are some age-appropriate tasks they’ll have fun doing:
-Toddlers can wash fruit and tear herb or lettuce leaves for a fruit salad or garnish.
-3-5- year olds can help beat eggs, cut soft fruits, cheeses or avocados with a butter knife, pour pre-measured liquids and mix batters, knead doughs, and grease pans.
-6-9 year olds can crack and beat eggs, use a rolling pin, peel fruits and vegetables, scoop batter into muffin cups, make toast, grate cheeses, and use an electric mixer.
-10-year-olds on up can work pretty independently, but will need adult supervision to make sure they’re following safety rules.
Easy recipes to try together
Make-ahead recipes are ideal so there’s not too much noise in the kitchen in the morning, and Mom can sleep in (or at least pretend to!). Stratas, “overnight” French toast or muffins, or slow-cooker oatmeal recipes make great candidates.
No-cook recipes are a great choice for little ones, who can simply assemble a meal with pre-cooked or prepped ingredients. Even a toddler can:
– Decorate an open-faced English muffin with slices of hard boiled eggs and strips of precooked bacon.
– Layer granola, yogurt and berries in a Mason jar for gorgeous breakfast sundaes.
– Stir together softened cream cheese and jam, spread it on an open-faced bagel, and sprinkle with berries.
– Spread pumpernickel bread slices with a little cream cheese and top with slices of smoked salmon and chopped hard-boiled eggs.
Or for an over-the-top (but easy) presentation, kids can fill a Bento box with bite-size tasty tidbits, like cherry tomatoes, berries, toast points, hard boiled eggs, cut-up fruit, mini-muffins, and small containers of jam, peanut butter, or softened butter.
Whatever goes on the breakfast tray, don’t forget a card for Mom (preferably homemade), and maybe a flower or two! And of course, everyone (except Mom) should clean up the kitchen afterwards.
Tell us… what are you going to serve Mom for breakfast this Mother’s Day?