Dad and two kids mixing batter for Mother's Day brunch

As moms, we love to tell our kids they can do anything they put their minds to. Well, time to cash in on those pep talks with a Mother’s Day brunch made by none other than our amazing, capable kids (with help from a non-mom grownup, of course).

Here, we’ve curated a collection of sweet and savoury Mother’s Day brunch ideas along with age-appropriate jobs so every kid can pitch in and celebrate the special woman in their life—moms, chosen moms, grandmothers, aunts—whoever steps up when the chips are down. And moms, your special day shouldn’t have to include the chore of advanced planning, let alone cooking or—perish the thought—cleaning up kitchen disasters. Share this article with another adult and let them do the work of coordinating, cooking and cleaning, because Mom deserves rest!

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Dutch baby with blackberries, blueberries and strawberries

Ready in: 25 minutes

What kids can do: A Dutch baby is just a puffy pancake baked in a cast iron pan. Kids eight and up can measure all the pancake ingredients and whisk them together. Toddlers can scatter berries and dust cinnamon and sugar overtop.

How grownups can help: It will take steady—and heat protected—adult hands to transfer the hot cast iron pan to the (also hot) oven for baking, and to remove it when done.

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Gram for gram, frozen berries can cost much less (sometimes half the price!) than their fresh counterparts. Swap the fresh berry topping with a side of just-thawed frozen berries for the same great taste—just avoid sprinkling them on top of the pancake to prevent excess moisture.

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phyllo tart with spinach and baked eggs

Ready in: 1 hour

What kids can do: This easy take on bacon and eggs has a job for everyone: preschoolers can help line the baking sheets with parchment paper or foil, and they can roll out the puffed pastry with a little help. Kids eight and up can divide the spinach mixture among pastry squares and crack eggs onto the mixture.

How grownups can help: Chop up the bacon and onions and cook them over the stove. Also keep an eye on the pastry to see when it’s time to switch the baking pans and add the eggs.

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cornflake pancakes for Mother's Day brunch

Ready in: 25 minutes

What kids can do: Apart from munching on cornflakes while they work, school-age kids can whisk together the eggs and ricotta mixture, plus measure out all the dry ingredients, while toddlers can stir the flour, baking powder and salt. Feel free to sprinkle in chocolate chips if Mom would like a sweet-salty pancake combo.

How grownups can help: Pour and cook the pancakes over the stove and allow older kids to sprinkle the cornflakes in if they can safely reach. If Mom prefers savoury, whip up a fried egg or two to serve alongside.

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Skip the stovetop and bake the pancake: pour batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, top with cornflakes and bake at 400 F for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until cooked through. Cut into squares and serve.

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orange cranberry muffins for Mother's Day brunch

Ready in: 30 minutes

What kids can do: Muffins and coffee are the ideal breakfast in bed duo, plus any leftover orange juice from this recipe can also be served on the side. Kids eight and up can measure ingredients and zest the orange while toddlers drop in the cranberries and help stir. Older kids can fill the muffin tin, too.

How grownups can help: Remind kids not to overmix the muffin batter (just few deft strokes until ingredients are incorporated). An adult should also take charge of placing the muffin pan in the oven and pulling it out when cooked through.

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Boost the fibre content (and flavour!) of these muffins with 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds, shelled sunflower seeds or walnut pieces.

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apple bacon breakfast casserole

Ready in: 55 minutes

What kids can do: Get toddlers to start ripping up bread while school-age kids measure and stir the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Kids eight and up can slice the apples and whisk together the wet ingredients to pour over the casserole before baking. There’s also a bonus microwave cinnamon maple syrup which older kids can whip up once the casserole is cooked.

How grownups can help: Chop and cook bacon on the stovetop before adding to the breakfast casserole mixture. Adults are on oven duty. To check if the dish is done, insert a knife into the centre. If it comes out clean, breakfast is served.

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cream cheese cheddar garlic bread

Ready in: 15 minutes

What kids can do: Toddlers and big kids alike can use a spoon to spread cream cheese over toast and then sprinkle it with shredded mozzarella and cheddar. For extra pizzaz, older kids can use the green onion slices to draw hearts or other shapes. Three cheeses, er, three cheers for Mom!

How grownups can help: Take charge of getting the baking sheet in and out of the oven and give the kids a hand reaching the oven timer so they can turn it themselves.

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cinnamon rolls for mother's day brunch

Ready in: 1 hour 20 minutes

What kids can do: These egg-free cinnamon rolls are made with store-bought bread dough which kids eight and up can roll out (the dough may spring back, needing a steady hand). Toddler-age and up can help spoon the oat and cinnamon-sugar mixture all over the dough and sprinkle in raisins. Let older kids roll up the dough, slice and arrange into a greased baking dish.

How grownups can help: Pizza dough can get sticky, so be ready with extra flour for surfaces and hands before placing the rolls in the oven and checking for doneness.

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If you’d like, use plant-based margarine to make these cinnamon rolls completely vegan.

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