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This is the second post in our Cooking With Kids Series:
Who doesn’t love a nice, hot breakfast? Breakfast is really easy to cook and cooking a big breakfast is a great way to use the whole family to help. In the first post in our series we talked about Keeping Your Cool with Kids in the Kitchen. You will see some of those basic principles here as well! These are just some ideas that work great for our family of six.
Here are five ways to make breakfast all together:
1. Assign everyone a dish to make
This seems simple enough, but if this is not done you will have too many hands in one spot! I like to assign everyone something specific to do. This keeps everyone from jumping in at once and fighting to help and it makes them feel special to have a specific job.
You can have someone scrambling eggs, mixing up pancake or french toast batter or dipping french toast. You can have the older children fry sausage, cook the scrambled eggs, pancakes and french toast, someone to assemble breakfast burritos etc… You can even have someone lay out bacon strips to bake in the oven. This is a great way to cook bacon for a crowd and no dangerous, hot grease splatters! There are so many different tasks to assign in breakfast preparation no matter what kind of breakfast you cook.
2. Assign a dishwasher
The worst thing about making a nice, big, hearty breakfast are all the dirty dishes, bowls and pans to wash out after breakfast!
I have found that if you wash as you go this will cut down on about 75% off what you have to wash after you are done eating! If you have a chore chart and assign weekly jobs this will be easy because whoever is assigned dishes for the week will already know that this is their job.
Whoever is cooking or mixing, just hands the dirty dishes to the dishwasher who washes and puts away as they are handed over. The dishwasher can also be assigned a cooking job too, they just have to jump back over to the sink when it’s time to wash. This is also a great way to teach multi-tasking!
3. Assign a table setter
This is actually a job that my little girls fight over! My toddler has always loved getting the place mats out of the place mat drawer and lining them up on the table. The older girls really enjoy setting the table and making it look pretty. If we are doing a nice, big meal they like to make it fancy with little mason jars of flowers and pretty decorations they pick out themselves to set out. To be honest, we don’t always eat with a fancy table; half of the time there is school work and piles of mail and coupons shoved to the side! I have noticed that when I do assign a table setter they like to go all out and make it special with a creative twist of their own personality.
4. Assign someone to drinks
You can also give someone the job of taking drink orders and pouring drinks and setting them on the table. I find this to be a big help as well so everything is all ready and finished before setting the food on the table and then having to go and get drinks and by the time everyone is served a drink the food is getting cold!
5. Sit back and Enjoy
We love having a hot breakfast and we don’t do it often enough. I like to put everything out family style and pass food around the table and let the kids pick what they want on their plates. With the table set and drinks and food all right there, we can sit back and enjoy our hard work and our nice warm breakfast that was put together by the entire family!
You can also implement some of these ideas for once a month cooking on the days when you just don’t have time to sit back and have a huge breakfast meal. My favorite way to do this is by using the DIY Breakfast Station!
This has been a lifesaver for our family on busy days. You can read my review on this great pack HERE.