Bread In A Bag Activity For Children

United States
June 30, 2007 4:47pm CST
Children have a natural desire to learn. They love to learn about how things work and how to make things. There is a wonderful way to teach a child the wonders of cooking. This is a simple activity that will draw the kids into the activitiy all by itself. Reading the book "The Little Red Hen" is a great then get them to talking about how the hen prepared for things to come. Then tell them that they can prepare to cook by gathering a few items and learning the process. Give each child a "bread in a ziploc bag". This can be made into small child size loaves of bread or two hot rolls. It is fun for the kids to see how the bread raises and they make it themselves. Bread In A Bag 1 qt size ziplock bag 1/2 cup white flour 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour 1 teaspoon rapid rising yeast 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt Put all ingredients together in bag. Add: 1 tablespoon oil 1/3 cup hot tap water Mix and knead until dough forms a ball in bag. Let rest for 30 minutes. Turn dough out of bag and knead again. Divide in half and form 2 rolls. Let rise. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes. Children just love to do this and they take such pride in making the bread themselves.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
30 Jun 07
Oh, I absolutely love this idea. Thank you for sharing it with us. You are so right, child long for these types of activities and opportunities to learn. I can't wait to do this activity with my son and some of his friends. Great discussion, thanks for sharing.
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@KrisNY (7592)
• United States
2 Jul 07
Well that is a pretty neat idea- but I think I’d have to make the bread first before so that I knew what it was going to take to make it right- I have never made fresh bread- (any yeast kind anyways)- I’m sure my daughter would love to do this- She loves to bake – she is our baker in the family : )
• India
1 Jul 07
You are doing a very nice job by teaching your children about cooking and with interest also. It is very good thing and also very essential for the children in todays world. Sometime Moms are not able to prepare the food for children at the right time because of their jobs or some other reason. Art of cooking is really helpful for children at that time.You are doing a wonderful job and we appreciate for it.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
1 Jul 07
Thanks for the idea, my grandaughter loves to help me when I bake, this would be great for her.She would really enjoy puting everything in a bag all by herself and making her very own bread.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
1 Jul 07
Great idea, I work with developmentally disabled adults and I think some of them could do this. I hope you don't mind, this recipe will be going to work with me.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
1 Jul 07
Wow this is a great idea. I love to read that story to kids when I worked in day care. I will pass it on to my family and friends that have kids. Thank you for sharing this. Have a great day.
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
1 Jul 07
I'd love to try this but I do have a question for you :) I do not have wheat flour. Is it possible to make with just white flour? I'd hate to buy a whole bag of wheat just for one activity. Let me know please and thanks for the ideas.
• United States
1 Jul 07
I haven't seen this in years! I did this activity with my Girl Scouts! That was about 18 years ago. They loved doing it.
@sidoney (1033)
• Jamaica
30 Jun 07
I made bread when I went to high school and for a few mths at home and nothing compares to homemade bread well my child is not old enough yet but will try to keep it in mind
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@lillake (1634)
• United States
30 Jun 07
This is a great activity! Thanks for sharing it. :)
@GardenGerty (98147)
• United States
1 Jul 07
I am so thrilled with this recipe, also with the fact that it is fairly low in sugar and salt and has whole wheat flour. I wish I was working at Head Start again, as this would make a great food experience. As you said, reading the Little Red Hen and then baking the bread. I am definitely going to print this. Sometime this summer I bet I will do this with my grandkids.Thanks again.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
30 Jun 07
This sounds like a fun activity. I run a day care and the kids will love doing this. thanks:)