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Looking for a fun breakfast ideas for kids? Make rainbow pancakes for kids! Your favorite pancake batter is died a rainbow of colors for a fun and colorful meal.

Learn how to make rainbow pancakes for kids using any pancake recipe and food coloring! Easy to make these pancakes make a fun sweets breakfast!

Pancakes are a special treat around here.  We make red velvet pancakes, Elvis pancakes, gingerbread pancakes, pancake pops – you name it, we've probably tried it.  So these rainbow pancakes fit right in with this crowd.

So why not rainbow pancakes?  Use your favorite pancake recipe or a mix and some food coloring to make a truly colorful breakfast!

Rainbow Pancakes for Kids

Breakfast Idea for Kids

This breakfast recipe is so easy to make.  Start by making your favorite pancake batter. It can be from a box, a homemade mix or from scratch.  This recipe was made with a box mix.

Next, Divide the batter in to 6 separate bowls. Make sure you have someone around to do the dishes!

Rainbow Pancake Batter

Add a different color of food coloring to each bowl – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet will get you a true rainbow.   I find that gel food coloring gives the most vibrant colors in food.   Switch things up by making neon or pastel pancakes!

Makes sure to use separate spoons to mix each bowl so the colors don't get mixed up.

rainbow food

Cooke the pancakes as directed in the recipe or on the box of the mix. To keep from browning, you can cook on a lower temperature or reduce the sugar in the recipe since sugar promotes browning.

Each bowl will most likely make one pancake depending on your recipe. You'll end up with one rainbow stack.  If you need more, just repeat the process or make a double batch of batter and make 2 pancakes of each color.

Fun Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Serve with your favorite pancake topping! We like maple syrup, but buttermilk syrup is ah-mazing!   These would make a super fun first day of school or a birthday breakfast.

Rainbow Pancakes


  • Any pancake mix from a box or homemade pancake mix
  • 3 Cups pancake mix
  • 2 Cups water
  • Food coloring (red, blue, yellow, green, blue, purple)
  • (Or directions on your pancake box)


  1. Mix together your pancake mix per directions on the box or recipe.
  2. Separate your mix into 6 different bowls. Make sure someone else is around to do the dishes!
  3. Add one food coloring (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple) to each bowl and mix.
  4. Use a greased pan or skillet to cook your pancakes. Each bowl makes 1 pancake.
  5. Makes 6 pancakes - 1 of each color.
  6. Stack with purple on bottom, then blue, green, yellow, orange, and red on top.
  7. Top off with a little butter and maple syrup, buttermilk syrup or homemade whipped cream and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1238kcal Calories from fat 49
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 5127mg 214%
Carbohydrate 256g 85%
Protein 46g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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30 comments on “Rainbow Pancakes for Kids

  1. Betty J Smith on said:

    What a delightful idea! I will make these on St. Patrick’s Day!

  2. I love your Rainbow Pancakes, for big and little kids! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Great idea to add the colors! Thank you for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

  4. The only thing that can make pancakes better is having fun, colorful pancakes for breakfast! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday; I’m featuring your rainbow pancakes at this week’s party, which goes live Sunday night. Hope you’ll stop by and link up again!

  5. These are so adorable and creative. Wish I had thought of this when my kids were younger. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  6. What a cool idea. I know the kiddos would love rainbow pancakes. Thanks for sharing this fun food at DI&DI.

  7. OMG, these are so cute. The kids must love them. So much fun
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party,

  8. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up!

  9. These are great for St Patrick’s Day and then your pastel idea is great for Easter. Done and done! Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.

  10. These are so fun! Like your blogs facelift btw! Looks so yummy!
    Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon.

  11. Wouldn’t these be fun for Fat Tuesday? Really darling. I wish my kids were little just so I could make these! Thanks for bringing this by Throwback Thursday!


  12. These are so cool! It’s my birthday next month, now I need to find somebody to make these for me!

  13. Camille I adore rainbow ANYTHING at all, and these are just LUSH! Please come and share at my Five Star Frou-Frou linkup at A Tray of Bliss? We’d welcome you with open arms! Mimi xxx

  14. My goodness but these are pretty! Very clever and creative. Thanks so much for sharing them on the #HomeMattersParty

  15. Super fun St. Patrick’s Day pancakes! My kids would love these. Visiting from Be Inspired party.

  16. who wouldn’t want to eat a rainbow? Thanks for sharing on the Creative K. Kids Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I hope you will join us again next week.

  17. My kids would go nuts with these!If I haven’t done so, I would love to invite you over at Blogger Spotlight Link and Pin-it Party! It runs every Thursdays, 7pm PST until Tuesdays, 7pm. We pin all the entries and you will be seen on five blogs. Hope to see you there!

  18. I’ve actually done a post like this too! These are so much fun and easy to make…plus the kids ALWAYS love rainbow pancakes! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! You always have such awesome posts!

  19. That looks colourfully interesting:)Such a cool idea. Loved it! Have a great Thursday!


  20. These look too good to eat! It’s almost like a work of art. Great idea! My kids will love this!

  21. these are so much fun! Definitely cute for holidays or with little kids 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  22. Hi Camille Thank you for sharing these wonderful-yummy Rainbow pancakes on the #OMHGWW. They would be wonderful for St Patrick’s Day and I would like to invite you to share them in my St Patrick’s Day Roundup-Link attached.

  23. So fun! Making sure you have a dish washer is the most important step! Pancakes are almost better than bread- almost!
    Here from HomeMatters.

  24. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Saturday Spotlight post this week!

    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  25. These look yummy! Could be great for a Rainbow themed party as well.

  26. These look awesome! I’m sure my boys would love them and would be great for party food too.