The first day of school is exciting. Even kids who don’t particularly enjoy homework and reading lists look forward to meeting their new teacher, seeing old friends, and picking out their favorite outfit to show off.
This year, help your kids start their first day off right with a fun, but healthy, breakfast. It will give them the energy they need to make it through those six to eight hours of excitement, and could just start a brand new tradition for years to come.
In order to facilitate your fun, first-day-of-school breakfast, we recommend checking out your local grocery store, like Wegmans. Remember that many stores now allow for curbside pickup, which lets you use promo codes as you shop online!
Show your kids how much you’ll love and miss them this school year with some adorable, heart-shaped pancakes! Believe it or not, this is easier to pull off than you may think.
You will need:
- Pancake Mix
- Water (or milk and eggs depending on what your particular mix calls for)
- Heart-shaped cookie cutter
Make your pancakes as normal. When it’s time to pour them into the pan, put the cookie cutter into the pan first. Then, pour the mix inside the cookie cutter. Remove the cookie cutter once the bottom half of the pancake is solidly firm, and then flip.
If you think your kids will gag over the cheezy representation of a mother’s love, you can pick any shaped cookie cutter you like. The point is to make them special.
Funny Face Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are a seriously hardy way to start the day with tons of protein. To make your first-day-of-school eggs special, just add funny faces!
You will need:
- Food color pens
Boil the eggs as you normally would. Allow them to cool, and then pick up your food color pen and get to coloring! You can make silly faces to make your kids laugh, or you can even get creative and draw their own faces on them. They’ll get a laugh out of looking for themselves—or their siblings!
If you’re super into it, you could even get out strips of cardstock, roll them up, and then use them to display the eggs standing up. Then, set up an entire classroom of eggs—including the teacher at the head of the class.
More of a grab-and-go mom than an I’m-going-to-cook-you-a-full-breakfast-every-single-day mother?
No worries. Sometimes making magic happen is as simple as arranging food that’s already ready to go—like fruit.
For this breakfast, all you’ll need is produce, though you can certainly throw in things like grab-and-go yogurt if you’d like. Arrange the fruit on the table to make an image—maybe a pencil, maybe a heart, maybe a smiley face.
Try to think about what shapes you’ll need to make the design while remaining conscious of which kinds of fruit your kids will actually eat. For example, for the smiley face you would need a banana, but if your child is banana averse, you could easily achieve the same thing by lining up a bunch of clementines or apples in an arc.