"The exercises of practical life are formative activities. A work of adaptation to the environment. Such adaptation to the environment and efficient functioning therein is the very essence of a useful education."
- Maria Montessori
Today, we started our day just like most days: in the kitchen. We made these simple scrambled eggs for kids and enjoyed a practical life and sensorial experience at the same time.
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We enjoy making this recipe so much that we decided to make a FREE recipe with pictures for you. It's perfect for pre-readers and up and you can find it along with the instructions at the bottom of this post.
You will also find a recipe card with all the nutrition information listed. Feel free to adjust the servings on there to meet the needs of your family.
The Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe for Kids
One benefit of homeschooling we take advantage of is that we are surrounded by practical life experiences. We don't have to have a lot of space designated for practicing real-world activities because it is inherent to the environment in which we live. These experiences are happening in real-time on a daily basis so we simply encourage participation.
This recipe is demonstrated with my 2.5 y.o. daughter. As a result, there are some steps in this recipe that I model, some that we complete together, and some that she completes on her own. This is going to vary for each child depending on their experience and abilities.
As a general rule, I tend to introduce new skills as she shows readiness. Then, I allow ample time for exploration and repetition. While this recipe may take just a few minutes for an adult, it will likely take longer for a young child. Allow plenty of time for this experience so the child can learn at their own pace and redirect as needed.
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- Eggs - we like farm-fresh eggs for the best scrambled eggs but you can use whatever is accessible to you
- Heavy Cream or Milk
- American Cheese
- Ghee Butter - this ghee includes pink Himalayan salt
- Salt (optional)
- Prep Bowls
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Blue Carbon Steel Pan - we like this pan because it's large enough to cook for a big family, but it's also lightweight. It cooks like cast iron except it heats up faster and the handle does NOT get hot. No one is going to burn their hands using this pan.
- Learning Tower (as needed)
- Egg Holder (optional)
1. Wash Hands with Soap and Water
First and foremost, we wash our hands. Then we transition over to the prep area.
2. Put on an Apron
A couple of goals we aim for in our home in order to support positive independent work are accessibility of materials and freedom within limits. If that means adding a few low hooks or step stools then we are happy to do that.
3. Bring Learning Tower and Ingredients to the Workspace
In order to get her scrambled egg breakfast up and running, my daughter helps gather the necessary items from the fridge and cupboard. She then climbs into her Learning Tower and gets to work.
Our Learning Tower is a bit bulkier and is not collapsible like some other towers on the market. However, it is also much sturdier and more durable as a result. We personally don't mind the size because it tucks in nicely at the end of our kitchen counter when not in use.
4. Crack the Eggs Over the Bowl
After we crack the eggs, our daughter likes watching them slide out of the shell and into the bowl. Provide a reminder as needed for handwashing with soap and water.
You may want to model or wash your hands alongside them to encourage proper technique. I know our kids like to rush through certain tasks that are taking time away from something they're excited about.
5. Add Cream or Milk to the Bowl
Next, we add the heavy cream or milk to the bowl.
6. Whisk the Eggs for the Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe
My daughter's favorite part of making scrambled eggs, by far, is using the whisk. After she finishes whisking the eggs and milk, she likes to hold up the whisk and watch the egg mixture run down it and slowly drip into the bowl. It makes her giggle.
7. Heat Ghee in the Pan
Next, I turn the stove on medium and let the pan heat up before adding the ghee.
While I am at the stove, my daughter rips a piece of American cheese into little pieces to add in after the next step.
You'll notice that I don't turn the stove on before cracking the eggs. At this age, I think it's easier for kids to see related activities grouped together. If I turn the stove on way back at step 3, it's much further away from the step of adding the ghee to the pan and it may be more difficult to understand how to use the stove. This way she sees that the stove is turned on, it heats up the pan, and then the ghee is added to the hot pan.
8. Transfer the Egg Mixture to the Pan
My daughter usually helps me transfer the egg mixture to the pan.
9. Add the Cheese
This is also a good time to add salt as desired. We use salted ghee, so we do not add any additional salt to this recipe.
10. Stir the Eggs Frequently Until Cooked Through
The eggs are cooked when they are formed and there is no liquid left in the pan.
11. Remove From Heat
Finally, when the eggs are cooked and we are finished at the stove, she holds out her bowl and waits for me to scoop them from the hot pan into the bowl.
Don't forget to turn off the stove.
12. Serve the Best Scrambled Eggs Warm
Transfer the eggs to a plate or bowl and enjoy warm. We like to pair our eggs with child-sized utensils for my daughter and a glass of whole milk for each of us as it makes for one delicious breakfast.
Conclusion for Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe
We hope you enjoyed seeing the best scrambled eggs recipe for kids. These simple scrambled eggs are the perfect practical life activity for toddlers and preschoolers to practice as they gain experience in the kitchen.
Free Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe for Pre-Readers and Up
Grab your free printable recipe cards above. Kids can gather ingredients using the ingredient list, gather their equipment with the tools list, and prepare the meal using the step-by-step recipe cards with assistance as needed. The cards are easy to use, they include pictures, and they encourage confidence and independence in the kitchen.
The Best Scrambled Eggs Recipe for Kids
- Butter Knife
- Learning Tower as needed
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tablespoon Whole Milk or Heavy Cream
- 1 slice American Cheese
- 1 tablespoon Ghee Butter
- Salt as needed
- Wash hands with soap and water.
- Put on your apron. Assist the child as needed with putting on their own appropriately-sized apron.
- Bring the learning tower and ingredients to the workspace. The child can assist with gathering ingredients. This is a skill that will flourish with time spent in the kitchen.
- Crack the eggs over the bowl one at a time and discard the shells. If your eggs are coming directly from your coop, you can model how to clean the eggs for your child first and invite them to participate. If you compost at home or your eggs are coming from your hens, kids can wash the eggshells in water and add to the compost or save them for feeding back to the hens. Wash hands with soap and water before returning to the recipe.
- Use the measuring spoon to measure out the correct amount of milk and add it to the bowl. Demonstrate for the child or assist as needed.
- Whisk the egg mixture, allowing the child several minutes to explore this exciting kitchen tool.
- Turn the stove on medium heat. Wait a few minutes for the pan to heat up. Use the measuring spoon to add the correct amount of ghee to the pan. You may need the butter knife to help scrape it out. Again, model for the child how to use the measuring spoon or assist as needed.
- The child can tear the American cheese into small pieces while the ghee melts into the pan.
- Transfer the egg mixture to the pan.
- Add the cheese and any additional salt to the pan.
- Stir the eggs frequently while they cook. The more you stir, the creamier and more consistent they will turn out.
- The eggs are cooked when they are formed and there is no liquid remaining in the pan. Remove them from heat and turn off the burner.
- Transfer the eggs to a bowl and enjoy them while they are warm. For young children, depending on their level of experience, you may want to have the child hold their bowl while you transfer the eggs.
- The same amount of heavy cream can be substituted for milk in this recipe.
- Full Recipe Info and Pictures at: https://happyhomeschooladventures.com/practical-life-in-the-kitchen-scrambled-eggs/
Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.