Mornings can be hectic when you aren’t the only one that has to get up and going for the day. Trying to prepare easy breakfasts for toddlers and preschoolers that can’t all agree on the same thing can drive you insane. Growing up, our choices were take it or leave it!
One way to make breakfast time go a little bit smoother is by having them help out. When you allow your child to be a part of something like preparing food, it gives them a sense of responsibility and they’ll likely take to eating what ‘they’ have prepared than just putting something in front them.
Breakfasts Toddlers Love
These all-time favorite easy breakfasts for toddlers will be a great crowd pleaser to make for the whole family!
Eggs Made Over Easy
For this, we love the Microwave Egg Cooker because it’s so much easier and faster to use. You crack an egg in it and there’s a recipe book that it comes with for different ways to make them. For instance, a basic scrambled egg you would just add a teaspoon of milk and a pinch of salt and pepper, per your preference, stir it up and put the top on then follow instructions for cooking times.
My kids like theirs with cheese added to it. You could also add pieces of chopped ham, chives, etc. This one came with two egg cookers for just a really quick fix of scrambled eggs but we’ve prepared them different ways. My personal favorite is with biscuits – you put the egg in the middle with a slice of cheese and you have a delicious egg and cheese bisuit!
On weekend mornings we all love nothing more than the comforting warmth of good homemade waffles. However, on those busy mornings when we’re shuffling to get everyone ready and out the door frozen waffles will suffice for this fun and tasty breakfast. Toast waffles to desired preference, but be sure they’re not too soft or soggy. For ours we spread on Nutella, but any nut butter of your choice is fine or even apple butter. Place slices of fruit such as bananas or strawberries on one half of the waffle. Fold the waffle in half to make a taco! You can also let your toddler or preschooler sprinkle on raises too.
These are delicious, fun and packed with nutrient-rich goodness that are fulfilling and easy to make. What’s great about a parfait is that they can easily be customized to suit each individual. Start with a yogurt in a flavor they love and provide different options in separate bowls they can add to their own parfait. You can find inexpensive clear plastic flute glasses for them to layer their creations using yogurt, granola, rolled oats, fresh fruit, raisins, and whatever else you can think of that would go well together and that they enjoy.
Grilled Cheese and Ham Sandwich
Turn a classic grilled cheese sandwich into a breakfast sandwich by adding slices of Canadian bacon in between the cheese! Melt butter in a pan on the stove while your child places the cheese on a slice of bread, then slices of Canadian bacon and top with the top slice of bread. Press the two bread slices together to ‘close’ it tightly and grill for about 1 minute on each side or when the bread is a golden brown and cheese is melted.
My son loves bagels, so this was an easy one. There are different varieties to choose from too so you can choose one they’ll like such as blueberry, or stick to a healthier whole wheat option. Next, you need something they can spread on. My son loves jelly, which can get messy in a heartbeat so I do the spreading, but if they like thicker spreads such as nut butters, hazelnut spread, or cream cheese you can let them smear it atop of a bagel that’s been cut in half. Next, let them make a face by sticking raisins, almonds and other toppings for a silly creation they’ll gobble right up.
There are many different ways you can get creative to come up quick and easy breakfasts for toddlers with some slight variations to the traditional breakfasts you enjoy. If you have some ideas of your own, we’d love for you to share them with us in the comments!