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Mother's Day ideas for kidsPosted at 12:02PM, 08 March 2013 by Lily Barclay - Writer, bbcgoodfood.com
Kids will have an abundance of eagerness when it comes to celebrating Mother's Day, help them channel it into something special which uses their time, skills and creative prowess. Taking the time out to make something with the kids in advance or preparing a special breakfast will really show that thought and love has gone into your gift, and your bound to get a little credit for the kids' creations.
Breakfast in bed
Mamas of young kids might be craving a decent lie-in more than cellophane-wrapped bouquets. So whisk the kids into the kitchen and help them whip up a breakfast treat, whether it's a stack of zesty pancakes, French toast or baked dippy eggs. Load a tray up with homemade breakfast treats, handwritten messages and sweet smelling flowers, and you'll have racked up triple brownie points. Get the kids to refrain from too much bouncing on the bed and it will be a job well done...
Baked dippy eggs
There isn't a better way to start the morning than with egg and soldiers, and this tailor-made recipe has been designed for kids aged between three and six.
Blueberry & lemon pancakes
Fluffy, fat American pancakes will definitely get the wow factor, and this simple recipe is perfect for getting the kids involved. But make sure they stand back while you practice your flipping skills.
Chocolate & banana French toast
Chocolate and banana French toast is pure indulgence on a plate, kids will have messy fun mashing up the bananas and soaking the sandwiches but you might want to make extra to avoid any jealousy.
Ready, steady bake
Feeling brave? Why not lay on an afternoon tea to really show the love. Kids are never too young to be let off the baking hook, so we've got cakes and bakes that all ages will love making. But when it comes to stirring and decorating, enthusiasm goes a long way, so you might want to keep a wet cloth to hand.
Lemon curd & blueberry cake
This beautifully moist cake is a springtime treat the whole family will love but make sure little hands don't get in there first.
Chocolate brownie cake
Nothing says love like squidgy chocolate goo and this five-star rated recipe really couldn't be simpler. This is especially great for the nervous baker as it's pretty much fail-proof.
Luscious lemon pudding
Want to let the kids make something special to finish off a Sunday lunch? This lovely lemon pudding might be just the thing, and you should also be able to avoid a testing supermarket shop as it mainly uses storecupboard ingredients.
No-bake orange cheesecake
This no-bake orange cheesecake takes just minutes to prepare, which is crucial when cooking with young, wondering minds. Kids will be able to stay involved every step of the way and should enjoy making it as much as eating it.
Nothing beats a homemade gift when it comes to Mother's Day and you'll be surprised at what the smallest of hands can help whip up. When the mini pinnies have been bunged in the wash, let the kids loose with ribbons, edible glitter and homemade gift cards. You will definitely win points for bravery even if your creations don't turn out picture perfect.
White chocolate pretzels
Kids are bound to love smashing up pretzels with a rolling pin (though these might need to be made in advance if a lie-in is on the cards). This recipe is super-simple but the results are scrumptious.
Peppermint candy biscuits
These cute candy-filled biscuits are sure to melt a few hearts, place them in a box with some pretty coloured tissue for the perfect present.
Help the kids make the truffles then let them loose with the rolling and decorating. Get creative with toppings like crushed pistachio nuts, lightly toasted desiccated coconut, orange zest and cocoa powder for maximum wow factor.
Will you be making something special with the kids for Mother's Day? We'd love to hear your ideas...