The Power of Parenting

Sunday, 13 December 2020

Bread Dough Buddies

Age Range: 3 - 5 years

Preschoolers will love to mix together the following ingredients, and squeeze, stretch and shape the dough into crazy creatures they can bake, butter and bite into!

You will need:
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon  sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 1  egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
  • coarse salt, sesame or poppy seeds (optional)

Preheat the oven to 425° F. Grease two baking sheets.

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Combine the flour, sugar and salt, and gradually stir it into the water and yeast mixture. When enough dry ingredients have been added, begin to knead the dough on a floured surface. Keep adding the flour until it is all mixed in. Children can use small pieces of dough and shape them into snakes, dinosaurs, insects…anything! There is enough dough to make about 25 creatures. When all the dough has been shaped, place the creations onto the prepared baking sheets. Brush each creature with the egg mixture and sprinkle with salt or seeds, if desired. Bake for 25 minutes, and when cooled, enjoy!

Enjoy this more with Comfort, Play & Teach™:

Comfort: Bread dough has a wonderful, soft texture and it can be very calming for a child to touch and squeeze it. Preparing this recipe together can be a very relaxing activity.

Play: Dough is a very open-ended material, inviting children to expand their imaginations and express their ideas through the creatures they make. The possibilities are endless!

Teach: Making and baking dough teaches children about how cooking changes ingredients. This recipe allows them to explore concepts like wet and dry, soft and firm, even light and dark (as the heat from the oven changes the colour of the dough).