The summer days are long and not just because the sun is up for so many hours, it’s because I’ve got three kids at home needing constant entertaining. I’ve taken to creating an activity out of just about everything, we’ve done the sprinkler car wash and mop races and tons of cooking together. Then the other morning my boy, Lincoln, asked for french toast and he wanted to make it. So we got creative and came up with french toast bites with fruit on sticks. We had a blast and he loved it so much that he ate it for breakfast, lunch and had one for dessert post dinner! I let him do almost all of the work, like slicing fruit and flipping toast on the griddle. The only thing he skipped was cracking the eggs, even though I offered. Check out Lincoln’s step-by-step guide to making french toast fruit sticks.
French Toast Fruit Sticks 1 of 16
Slicing Pineapple 2 of 16
Lincoln is 3 and 3/4, as he says. I've had him in the kitchen since birth and helping out as soon as he was old enough to stand. Here he is cutting pineapple chunks all by himself. He is using a plastic kids knife, a regular table knife will work well too as long as it's not too sharp.
Pineapple Hat 3 of 16
We love being silly! Taking the time to let your kids be kids and not worry about the messes and pineapple juice in the hair will allow you to create lasting memories with your kids.
Washing Grapes 4 of 16
He's been washing fruits and veggies since he was 18 months. When he was younger I had him washing larger veggies. Grapes are not so safe for tiny ones, but he's an old pro now.
Hulling Strawberries 5 of 16
With our cool tool. He loves this magical tool.
All Clean! 6 of 16
My very proud boy showing us his hulled strawberry. I just picked those last leaves off.
Slicing Banana 7 of 16
This is such a great fruit to let your kids practice their knife skills on. Sure they might macerate it, but at least they are having a blast.
Pouring in the Milk 8 of 16
This kid is a pro at making batter.
Adding Flour 9 of 16
Whisking It All Together 10 of 16
He whisks until his arms give out, then I finish the job.
Dipping The Bread 11 of 16
He loved this and the tongs were perfect - kept his hands clean and they are super fun to use.
Placing On The Skillet 12 of 16
The stove was not on yet, but it is in the next shot...
Flipping The French Toast 13 of 16
Notice he is standing on a white chair that is turned around so the back of the chair is between him and the hot stove. I do this so he is not leaning on the stove. I also explain to him the if he needs to grab onto something to grab the back of the chair because if he grabs the stove he will get burned. We've practiced this many, many times. He loves to flip things on the griddle, pancakes being his favorite. Yes, I let my 3 year old flip pancakes!
Building The Skewers 14 of 16
This may have been his favorite part. He let his creative juices flow and built several different styles and patterns.
All Finished And So Proud 15 of 16
We had fun and Lincoln was just beyond proud of making this breakfast from beginning to end.
Eating The Skewers 16 of 16
He Loved them so much for breakfast that he wanted more for lunch on our picnic at the park! All the other kids wanted his lunch and the parents were in awe of his cooking skills.
French Toast Fruit Sticks Recipe
4 pieces of bread (we used the crusty ends since we had enough and no one like those for sandwiches)
1/8 cup of flour
1/4 cup of milk
2 tablespoons sugar (or Agave or Pure Maple Syrup) I add a sweetener so there’s no need for sticky syrup.
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
fruit of choice – we used pineapple, grapes, strawberries and banana.
Slice the fruit into large chunks, leave strawberries whole. Combine the egg, four, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt and whisk until smooth. Cut the bread into 2 inch squares (about 9 pieces per piece). Preheat the griddle and spray with cooking spray. Place the bread pieces into the egg mixture and fully coat both sides. Place on the griddle and cook for a minute or 2 on each side until golden brown. Remove and set on a plate. Set up the assembly and skewer fruit and french toast sticks. Viola! Breakfast is served.
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