12 Ways to Put Fun in Your Kids' Breakfast (PHOTOS)

Liz Alterman | Feb 2, 2015 Food & Party

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Though it's widely proclaimed as "the most important meal of the day," sometimes it's hard to get kids to sit down and eat a hearty breakfast. Instead of busting out the boring old cereal boxes once again, why not surprise the little guys with some bold breakfast entrees that'll have them running out of bed and making a beeline to the table? 

You can't help but smile when you find a pirate looking up at you from your oatmeal, can you? (And if the kids don't want to finish, tell 'em they have to walk the plank. Argh!) 

We found a dozen cute ways to make breakfast fun again. While these all look delicious, we can't wait to sample #5!

Do you have a go-to breakfast that makes the kids squeal with delight?


Image via HowAboutCookie/Instagram

  • There's a Pig in My Yogurt


    Image via howaboutcookie/Instagram

    Little kids love yogurt -- especially when there's a friendly animal surprise waiting in the bowl. Create this adorable piggy with the help of some sliced strawberries and blueberries. Ready in seconds, this is a fun way to incorporate fruits into your breakfast routine. 

  • French Toast Kabobs


    Image via IHeartNapTime.net

    Why is it that some things just seem more exciting when served on sticks? These French toast kabobs are no exception. Cube some slices of French toast and separate them with bananas and berries and you'll have a yummy dish the kids will crave. 

  • If You Give a Mouse Some Breakfast


    Image via How About Cookie

    Inspired by the beloved children's book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, this clever mom from How About Cookie used some melon, yogurt, oatmeal, and raisins to recreate the lovable title character and his infamous treat. Your little ones will start the day with a smile when they see this familiar guy hanging out at the breakfast table!

  • Teddy Bear Toast


    Image via Crafty Morning

    This is a breakfast that would make Elvis Presley proud! Created by Michelle at Crafty Morning, peanut butter forms the backdrop of this bear's face while bananas provide him with a cute little nose and ears. Raisin eyes give him a sweet expression. So precious and nutritious!

  • Blueberry Cocoa Baked Donuts


    Image via Yummy Toddler Food

    Amy, founder of the blog Yummy Toddler Food, says these blueberry cocoa baked donuts are delicious hot out of the oven, served with a big glass of milk. (Oh, that's making me hungry!) No blueberry fans in the house? Swap them for other berries or double down on the cocoa flavor and add some chocolate chips. 

    "They store well, so you can make them on a weekend and serve them as a weekday breakfast," Amy notes. "Simply keep them in an airtight container in the fridge and warm for 10-15 seconds in the microwave before serving for the best texture." 

    Can't wait to try these!

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep Gets Invited to Breakfast


    Image via How About Cookie

    This edible black sheep will be on everyone's good side. How could he not? He's adorable and healthy too -- made with blackberries and apple slices. Yum! 

  • Breakfast Banana Sushi


    Image via HooplaKidz Recipes/YouTube

    How cute are these little banana sushi rolls, designed by HooplaKidz Recipes? Use either peanut butter or nutella on the outside of your banana and then roll it in rice cereal or crushed cornflakes for a sweet and crunchy start to the day. 

  • Homemade Breakfast Tarts


    Image via YouTube

    Parents feeling nostaglic for fun breakfasts of their youth can whip up a batch of homemade breakfast tarts using store-bought pie crusts. Use a pizza cutter to slice up your squares and then fill them with your favorite ingredients. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes and then decorate them with any frosting you have on hand.

  • Egg in a Hole


    Image via @GiltterBubbleXO/Twitter

    An egg in a hole is such a fun breakfast because it'll have the kids scratching their heads wondering how that got in there. It's also a great way to get some protein into the little guys!

  • Fruit Kabobs


    Image via snaacks/Instagram

    These kabobs are so colorful and lend themselves to using up just about any fruit you have on hand. Want your kids to try something new? Stick it in the middle and they may not even notice.

  • Homemade Granola Bars


    Image via I Heart Nap Time

    These yummy granola bars, created by Jamielyn at I Heart Nap Time, are perfect for kids on the go. Take them along to sporting events for a nutritious breakfast served on the sidelines. You can customize these to your taste by tossing in your family's favorite dried fruit. 

  • Apple Sandwiches


    Image via Garnish With Lemon

    How cute and colorful are these apple sandwiches made with almond butter and granola from Garnish With Lemon? Just core your apple and slice it into rings before slathering on the yummy nut butter of your choice. Then sprinkle it with granola for a little extra crunch and texture and continue layering. 

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