Breakfast is Ready: Baby Bear Porridge Recipe

Make a fun face in your instant oatmeal!

Rise and shine silly bear. Breakfast is ready! Busy Little Hands: Food Play!from Amy Palanjian the creator of, is packed with activities (like this!) for preschoolers that foster fun in the kitchen and promote healthy eating habits. Read on for easy step-by-step instructions to make your very own Baby Bear Porridge.

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  • Instant oats
  • Hemp seeds
  • Maple syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries or Raisins

Grown-up prep steps:

  • Place 1 ⁄4 cup instant oats, 1 teaspoon hemp seeds, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, and 1 ⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl
  • Stir in 1 ⁄2 cup of very hot water
  • Cover with a plate, then let sit for about 3 minutes
  • Slice a banana into 1 ⁄2-inch slices with the peel on and get out some blueberries or raisins
  • Let the kids top the oatmeal with milk, if desired, and a fruity bear face

Kid steps:

  • Start with a bowl of warm oatmeal
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  • Peel the banana slices
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  • Use fruit to make a silly bear face
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  • Enjoy your Baby Bear Porridge!

What other faces can you make? An owl, a pig, or a rabbit? We would love to see your silly face creations. Visit us on Instagram @storeypub and @yummytoddlerfood and tag your posts with #FoodPlay.

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Amy Palanjian

About the Author

Amy Palanjian is a writer, editor, recipe developer, and an expert at helping families find easier ways to enjoy wholesome, delicious meals together. She is the founder of Yummy Toddler Food, a website filled with practical food advice and nourishing recipes for families with little kids, and a contributor to Allrecipes magazine. Her work has appeared in many print and online outlets, including Better Homes and GardensBon AppétitParents, Real Simple, the Wall Street Journal, The Kitchn, and She lives near Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband and three children.

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