Mother's Day is a special time to show appreciation for the wonderful moms in our lives. What better way to celebrate than by cooking up some delicious treats together with the kids? Here are some simple and fun recipes that kids can help spoil mom for a special Mother's Day!

Kids In The Kitchen

First things first: If your kids aren't helping you out in the kitchen yet, why the heck not?! We'll go over some simple tips to make it more enjoyable for everyone – but we also have another great blog post all about How To Enjoy Cooking With Your Kids to check out too!

The short version is:

  • Provide Safety Training: Teach them about kitchen safety, such as using oven mitts, handling knives properly (if age-appropriate), and keeping the workspace clean.
  • Offer Choices: Let them choose recipes or ingredients within reason. Giving them a say in what they cook can increase their interest and engagement in the kitchen!
  • Praise and Encourage: Offer plenty of praise and encouragement for their efforts, even if things don't turn out perfectly. Focus on the fun and learning experience rather than perfection.
  • Be Patient: Expect some mess and be patient with their learning process. The goal is to have a positive experience that fosters their interest in cooking.
  • Celebrate their Creations: Once the meal is ready, celebrate their contribution by letting them serve the food or showcasing their dish at the table. This boosts their confidence and makes them feel proud of their culinary skills.

MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH IDEAS

1. Breakfast in Bed Pancakes
Start the day off right with fluffy pancakes – or better yet, our favorite (easy) Mini German Pancakes – served in bed. Kids can help measure ingredients like flour, milk, and eggs, and then whisk everything together. Let them pour the batter onto the griddle (with supervision, of course) and flip the pancakes once they're golden brown. Serve with Mom's favorite toppings like fresh berries, whipped cream, or maple syrup.

2. Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip
For a healthy and colorful snack, assemble fruit kabobs with chunks of strawberries, pineapple, grapes, and melon. Kids can thread the fruits onto skewers and arrange them on a plate. Make a simple yogurt dip by mixing Greek yogurt with a drizzle of honey and a splash of vanilla extract. It's a refreshing treat that's perfect for a sunny Mother's Day brunch.

3. Mini Quiches
Get creative with quiches that are easy for little hands to help assemble. Use pre-made pie crusts or puff pastry sheets for the crust. Kids can choose their favorite fillings like cheese, spinach, ham, or tomatoes, and sprinkle them into muffin tin cups. Beat eggs with milk, salt, and pepper, and pour the mixture over the fillings. Bake until golden and puffed for delicious individual quiches. We've got a whole blog post on different quiche recipe ideas!

4. DIY Sandwich Bar
Set up a sandwich bar with an assortment of bread, deli meats, cheeses, veggies, and spreads. Let the kids build their own sandwiches for Mom, adding her favorite ingredients and flavors. It's a personalized and interactive way to enjoy lunch together, and the kids will love getting creative with their sandwich creations.

5. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
For a sweet and simple dessert, melt chocolate chips in the microwave and dip fresh strawberries into the melted chocolate. Let the kids sprinkle on some colorful sprinkles or chopped nuts before the chocolate sets. These chocolate-dipped strawberries are not only delicious but also a beautiful and elegant treat for Mother's Day. Here's a great tutorial!

6. French Toast Casserole Recipe
By now, you might have noticed that we're a little obsessed with French toast around here! We've got an egg nog French toast recipe, a pumpkin French toast post, and even a recipe for French toast sticks (which are freezer-friendly, by the way). Check out our tastiest French Toast Casserole recipe here and knock mom's socks off!

a plate of French toast casserole, from Shelf Cooking

Making breakfast for mom is a simple but special way to show her how much you love and appreciate her. It might be a little messy at first, but it's the thought that counts! Let us know which of these recipes you like best, and Happy Mother's Day!