Getting kids involved in preparing their own breakfasts teaches them important kitchen skills while giving busy parents a break. However, the DIY breakfast meals need to be simple enough that young chefs can whip them up by themselves.
Here are 20 kid-friendly breakfast recipes and ideas that are super easy for children to make on their own with minimal supervision.
1. Yogurt Parfaits
Let kids layer their choice of yogurt, granola and chopped fruits in a tall glass to create a tasty yogurt parfait. The colorful layers make it fun and interesting to assemble. Berries, bananas, mangoes and apples make good fruit choices.
2. Avocado Toast
Mashing avocado and spreading it on toast gives a fun twist to regular buttered toast. Kids can customize their avocado toast with toppings like salsa, cheese, eggs, or bacon bits.
Blending up fresh or frozen fruit into smoothies is an easy way for kids to get a serving of fruit. Let them add yogurt, milk, juice or spinach to create their own custom morning drink.
4. Egg Sandwich
Cooking eggs in the microwave is super easy. Kids can make sandwich by toasting bread, adding sliced cheese and microwaved egg patties. Add meat like ham or bacon too.
5. Breakfast Quesadilla
MINI Quesadillas make an easy hot breakfast kids will love. Let them fill tortillas with scrambled eggs, cheese, salsa and spin in a pan or microwave until cheese melts.
6. Overnight Oats
Kids can prepare oats and toppings like fruits, nuts, seeds, or cinnamon in mason jars the night before. The oats will soak up the milk and soften by morning.
7. Baked Oatmeal
Mixing up a batch of oatmeal with eggs, milk, and spices and baking it makes a healthy breakfast kids can reheat all week. They can add toppings like fruit compote before baking.
8. Yogurt Bark
Letting kids stir their favorite toppings like granola, nuts, and fruit into yogurt and freeze it into yogurt bark teaches kitchen skills while making fun finger food.
9. Breakfast Sandwiches
English muffins, bagels, or biscuits can be turned into breakfast sandwiches with cheese and microwaved meat and egg patties. Kids can assemble and microwave these in minutes.
Cereal and milk still makes one of the quickest breakfasts for kids to fix themselves. Use single-serve cereal boxes or bags to make portion control easy.
Microwavable instant oatmeal packets are easy starters for kids. They can customize with milk, fruit, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, cinnamon to taste.
12. Breakfast Tacos
Let kids scramble eggs, heat tortillas, dice toppings and assemble their own tacos for a DIY Mexican breakfast.
13. Breakfast Pizza
Kids will love being able to top and bake their own mini breakfast pizzas on English muffins or pitas with sauce, cheese, eggs, veggies.
14. Banana Split Breakfast
For a fun twist, let kids create their own “banana split” yogurt bowls with sliced banana, yogurt and favorite toppings like fruit, granola and nuts.
15. Cottage Cheese Bowls
Protein-packed cottage cheese bowls are easy for kids to make by topping cottage cheese with fresh or dried fruits, pumpkin seeds, chopped nuts.
16. Boiled Eggs
Pre-boiling eggs saves busy morning time. Kids can prepare boiled eggs in advance and add seasonings like Everything Bagel spice.
17. Apple Sandwiches
Nut butter and apple slices between whole grain toast make no-mess sandwiches kids can pack to eat on the way to school.
18. Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches
Let kids assemble sandwiches ahead of time, wrap in foil, and freeze to microwave for a hot breakfast in minutes.
19. Fruit and Cheese Plates
Plates with cubed cheese, sliced fruit and crackers make an easy nutritious breakfast kids can grab from the fridge and eat.
20. Breakfast Wraps
Kids can scramble an egg, slice veggies, spread hummus and roll up into a whole wheat tortilla for a quick breakfast burrito to eat hand-held.
With the right tools and ingredients ready to use, kids from ages 4+ can start becoming independent breakfast makers. Get them excited to fuel up each morning!