Setting a morning routine for your child is a great way to provide them with structure and teach accountability. Breakfast in our house helps set the tone for the day. We start with healthy intentions, and it also gets the kids involved right away. Seeing the sense of accomplishment on their faces when they make their own scrambled eggs or muffins truly brings such joy to me as a parent, and it provides them with an outlet for creativity and problem solving. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Here are some tips for making eggs with your child:
- Tap the egg on a flat surface to crack it. It will minimize tiny shell fragments and allow for a cleaner break when your child splits the egg.
- If you do get a shell into your eggs (which will happen at some point—it’s okay), use half of the shell to scoop it out. The rigidity of the shell makes it easier to scoop and discard the piece of shell.
- Use a fork to poke the yolks first, then whisk up the eggs. This step allows the egg whites and yolks to combine a bit easier.
- Start with low heat to cook your eggs. This will make a fluffier scramble and allow your child time to get the hang of the process without over-cooking them.
- When scrambling eggs on the stove, have your child trace a figure “8” with their spatula. This is great for hand-eye coordination and also keeps your eggs from sticking.
Eggs are such a versatile (and delicious) ingredient. Here are some fun ways to keep eggs for breakfast interesting!
Use up leftovers: If they didn’t finish their broccoli from the night before, have them sprinkle some cheese and diced broccoli on top of their scramble. This gives that broccoli some new life and makes it more exciting to try because it’s something they created.
Prep ahead: If you want to prepare ahead, you can make egg muffins for the week. Whisk up eggs with a bit of milk and pour into greased muffin tins. Your child can customize each muffin compartment with their own specialized blend of ingredients. Bake them at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Each day they will have a surprise when they pull an egg muffin out of the fridge.
Make it festive: Breakfast tacos make breakfast fun! Have your child roll their eggs (and desired toppings) into a tortilla for a new outlook on breakfast.
Ideas for toppings or mix-ins for your eggs:
- Sliced deli meat, bacon or chicken sausage
- Chopped tomatoes
- Leftover veggies from the night before (ie. zucchini, peppers)
- Fresh spinach
- Jarred mild salsa
- Fresh herbs
- Sliced avocado