Bread Dough Buddies

Child kneading bread dough

Fine Motor: This foodie-type activity encourages your toddler to continue building small muscle movements of the fingers and hands.

Age Groups: ,

Overview

Toddlers will love to mix together the ingredients, stretch and shape the dough into crazy bread shapes they can bake 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
  • Topping: coarse sea salt, sesame OR poppy seeds (optional)
  • Baking sheets
  • Two mixing bowls
  • One small bowl

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F. Grease two baking sheets.
  2. Separate ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, egg, and topping) into individual bowls. Explain to your child your appreciation for their help in baking. For example, “Thomas, I need your help. I will say an ingredient and you can help to pour into the mixing bowl.”
  3. In a large mixing bowl, support your child to pour the yeast in the warm water by placing your hand over their hand  (if needed). Let the yeast and warm water dissolve.
  4. In the large mixing bowl, let your child pour in flour, sugar and salt, and gradually stir.
  5. When enough dry ingredients have been added, you can begin to knead the dough on a floured surface. Keep adding the flour until it is all mixed in. Give your child an opportunity to knead if they wish to.
  6. When all the dough have turned into bread shapes, place the creations onto the prepared baking sheets.
  7. In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg with water. Brush each creation with the egg mixture and sprinkle with salt or seeds, if desired.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes, and when cooled, enjoy!
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Nurture

  • provide hand or sensory experience
  • Your child will feel comfortable feeling different textures with their hands

Explore

  • Provide simple and flexable materials for your child to play with.
  • Use their imagination to create different shapes.

Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments

  •  When the dough is ready to be shaped, your toddler can press a cookie cutter (i.e. moon, stars, candy cane, hand, etc.) into dough and pull the excess out the excess dough. Yet another opportunity to practice the pincer grasp (pinching together forefinger and thumb).
  •  Challenge your toddler to make short and long shapes and designs with the bread dough . Then, let your toddler transfer the shaped dough pieces onto greased baking sheet.

Recommended Reading

  • Pizza at Sally’s by Monica Wellington
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judy Barrett