woman and child cutting fruit and cooking in kitchen

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate the love and sacrifices of mothers everywhere, acknowledging their invaluable role in our lives. It’s a day to show gratitude and appreciation, and what better way to do so than by involving children in the celebration? 

At Montessori Academy, we understand the importance of nurturing family bonds and fostering independence in children. That’s why we encourage parents to engage children in preparing a special breakfast for their mothers. Involving children in cooking activities not only strengthens family connections but also promotes practical life skills, independence, and healthy eating habits, aligning with Montessori principles of hands-on learning and holistic development.

Here we’ll explore some easy and nutritious breakfast recipes that preschoolers can help prepare, ensuring a delightful experience with Mum while nurturing important skills in your child.

Benefits of Cooking with Preschoolers

Cooking with preschoolers offers numerous educational and developmental benefits. 

  • By engaging in culinary activities, children not only learn practical life skills but also develop essential cognitive and motor abilities. 
  • From measuring ingredients to following step-by-step instructions, cooking fosters problem-solving and sequencing skills. 
  • Children gain a sense of independence and confidence as they actively participate in meal preparation. 
  • In the kitchen, they learn about food safety and hygiene, enhancing their understanding of healthy eating habits. 
  • Through hands-on experiences with fresh ingredients, children develop an appreciation for nutritious foods, laying the foundation for a lifetime of healthy choices. 

At Montessori Academy, we recognise the value of cooking as a holistic learning experience that aligns with our principles of child-centred education. By incorporating cooking activities into children’s routines, we empower them to explore, create, and develop vital life skills in a nurturing environment.

Recipe 1: Fruit Parfait

Let’s start with a delightful Fruit Parfait. This simple and nutritious recipe is perfect for children to assist with, encouraging them to explore different fruits and flavours. Start by gathering your ingredients: fresh fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and bananas, along with yogurt and granola. Encourage children to select their favourite fruits, emphasising the importance of choosing a variety of colours for a visually appealing parfait. 

Next, guide them through the assembly process, allowing them to layer the fruits, yogurt, and granola in a clear glass or bowl. Children can use spoons or their hands to carefully place each ingredient, fostering their fine motor skills and creativity. As they assemble their parfaits, discuss the importance of eating a rainbow of fruits for good health. 


For a delicious Fruit Parfait, you’ll need a colourful array of fresh fruits, including strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. Additionally, you’ll need creamy yoghurt and crunchy granola to create layers of flavour and texture.


  1. Prepare the Fruits: Wash and slice the strawberries, peel and slice the bananas, and rinse the blueberries. Encourage children to help with washing and slicing under supervision. 
  2. Layer the Ingredients: In clear glasses or bowls, start by adding a spoonful of yogurt at the bottom. Then, invite the children to add a layer of sliced fruits followed by a sprinkle of granola.
  3. Repeat the Layers: Continue layering yogurt, fruits, and granola until the glass or bowl is filled, ending with a final layer of yogurt on top.
  4. Serve and Enjoy: Once assembled, serve the fruit parfaits immediately or refrigerate them for a refreshing and nutritious treat later. Encourage children to admire their colourful creations before digging in.

Recipe 2: Banana Pancakes

Pancakes are a classic breakfast favourite, loved by children and adults alike. With their fluffy texture and sweet flavour, they make the perfect canvas for a variety of toppings. In this recipe, we’ll be adding mashed bananas to the batter, creating a delicious twist on the traditional pancake. Not only do bananas add natural sweetness and moisture to the pancakes, but they also provide a boost of potassium and fibre, making this breakfast both tasty and nutritious.


To make these Banana Pancakes, you’ll need:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Mash the Bananas: Start by mashing the ripe bananas in a mixing bowl using a fork or potato masher. This is a great task for children to practice their fine motor skills.
  2. Mix the Batter: Add the self-raising flour, milk, eggs, baking powder, and salt to the mashed bananas. Encourage children to help measure and pour the ingredients into the bowl.
  3. Stir Until Smooth: Mix the ingredients until you have a smooth batter. Children can use a whisk or spoon to help combine everything.
  4. Cook the Pancakes: Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and lightly grease it with butter or cooking spray. Pour small ladlefuls of batter onto the pan to form pancakes. Let children help with pouring the batter and flipping the pancakes when bubbles form on the surface.
  5. Serve and Enjoy: Once the pancakes are golden brown on both sides, remove them from the pan and serve them warm with Mum’s favourite toppings, such as sliced bananas, berries, or maple syrup.

Recipe 3: Veggie Omelette

Omelettes are versatile and satisfying dishes that can be customised with Mum’s favourite vegetables. In this recipe, we’ll be incorporating colourful veggies like capsicum, tomatoes, and spinach, providing a burst of flavour and essential nutrients. 

Omelettes are also a fantastic way to introduce children to cooking, as they can help with simple tasks like cracking eggs, whisking ingredients, and adding toppings. By involving children in the cooking process, we not only teach them valuable culinary skills but also encourage them to explore new flavours and textures. 


To make a nutritious Veggie Omelette, you’ll need eggs, capsicum, tomatoes, spinach, cheese (optional), salt, and pepper. These simple ingredients combine to create a flavourful and wholesome breakfast or brunch option that both children and adults will enjoy.


  1. Prepare the Vegetables: Start by washing and chopping the capsicum, tomatoes, and spinach into small pieces. Encourage children to help with washing and safely using a child-safe knife to chop the vegetables. 
  2. Whisk the Eggs: Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk them together until smooth. Children can take turns whisking the eggs with a whisk or fork.
  3. Cook the Omelette: Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and add a little oil or butter. Pour the beaten eggs into the pan and allow them to cook for a few minutes until the edges start to set.
  4. Add the Vegetables: Sprinkle the chopped vegetables evenly over the eggs. Children can help with adding the vegetables and spreading them out evenly.
  5. Fold and Serve: Once the omelette is almost set, use a spatula to fold it in half. Allow it to cook for another minute until the cheese (if using) is melted and the omelette is cooked through. Serve the veggie omelette hot and enjoy a nutritious meal together.

Enjoy a Montessori-Inspired Mother’s Day

Beyond just creating a delicious breakfast, cooking Mother’s Day breakfast with your preschoolers fosters family bonds and empowers children with practical skills. At Montessori Academy, we cherish these moments of shared learning and love. So, why not savour these special recipes with your little ones, honouring mothers everywhere with homemade treats?