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Each day this summer I tried to do something with the kids that was a little beyond what we normally would do.

by Holly

It was about day three that I noticed a pattern…we were making bread daily!

In fact, by day 6 my 7 year old was independent in putting the ingredients into the bread machine and setting it on the proper settings. I had my own homemade bread department.

I am a parenting genius.

There is something about making bread that just makes home feel like home. The house smells great and all the meals are elevated with fresh bread.


  • 1 1/4 Cups MILK
  • 2 Tablespoons BUTTER
  • 2 teaspoons SUGAR
  • 1 teaspoon SALT
  • 3 Cups BREAD FLOUR
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons ACTIVE DRY YEAST

I use a bread machine set on a manual setting and just let it go as long as I need to during the day before pulling out the dough and baking it in a regular bread pan in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

A combination of whole wheat flour and bread flour can be tried for a different density of bread.

We also like to use the dough to make cinnamon rolls, pizza runzas and cheeseburger runzas.

I thought it would be fun to find some other favorite bread recipes that go well with baking with kids. What I found was overwhelming! There are so many recipes that I will be trying with my boys.


Lazy Woman Bread – This is one of Rachel’s favorite recipes and it goes really well with the unpredictability of feeding a family.

Easy Bread Recipe for kids – Yep, it is easy. It is bread. Need more information?

2 Ingredient Bread – I have my doubts that this is even possible, but Pauline from Lessons Learnt Journal has convinced me that it is possible!

Yeast Experiment with Bonus Bread – Karyn from Teach Beside Me had a great idea to do a science experiment about how yeast rises and then use the results in a bread recipe. Now that is what I call multi-tasking!

Pizza Dough Science – MaryAnne from Mama Smiles took her science experiments in the direction of pizzas instead of bread {you need a little variety!} and this turned out to be a super fun family activity that is recommended before lunch.

Friendship Bread – Based on the book, StickFiggy Makes a Friend, Deirdre from JDaniel4’s Mom celebrated her son’s best friend with a gift of friendship bread with a bonus stick figure. Oh so cute!

Friendship Bread Starter – For Friendship Week, Jillian from A Mom with a Lesson Plan made a friendship bread starter to deliver to some special people. This would make an amazing homemade gift!

Little Red Hen Bread – After reading The Little Red Hen, Cassie and the 3 Dinosaurs kids made bread.

Beer Bread – Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom went around the world in 12 dishes. The Beer Bread accompanied Irish Beef Stew for their stop in Ireland.

Soda Bread – Another favorite from Ireland was made by Glittering Muffins. She made both sweet and savory versions of traditional soda bread.

Baked Shapes – Cathy from Nurture Store baked shapes from bread dough as part of her math games fun.

Pan de Muertos – Jen from Kitchen Counter Chronicles explored bread of the dead as part of her Mexican food and culture activities.

Homemade Pretzels – Anyone who thinks that this isn’t bread hasn’t had a burger on a pretzel bun. Check out Beth from 123 Homeschool 4 Me’s Olympic Pretzels for colorful yummy fun.

Qurban – Taming the Goblin found that Egyptian Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7 where a special bread is eaten for communion, Qurban, which means sacrifice.

Tear Away Brioche Loaf – Taming the Goblin used a bread machine to make this absolutely yummy tear away loaf that I can’t wait to try.

Huckabuck Bread – Crafty Moms Share made Huckabuck bread with her daughter for a really fun day off of school.

Perunarieska {Potato Flat Bread} – Glittering Muffins is baking up a specialty of Finland in their cooking adventure around the world. These look delicious!

French Bread – Glittering Muffins traveled onto France for this bread that looks so good I might need to eat a sandwich RIGHT NOW. \Be back in a bit**

Whole Wheat Bread – Crafty Moms Share celebrated the signs of spring with some freshly baked whole wheat bread…mmmm.

Refrigerator Rolls – Suzanne from My Buddies and I whipped up one of her family’s favorite doughs that she uses for buns, cinnamon buns and monkey bread.

Wheat/White Rolls Recipe – The Jansen Family is sharing their favorite {and versatile} bread recipe and it LOOKS delicious. I kinda wish you could smell through the computer screen.

Bannock – Crystal from Crystal’s Tiny Treasures made a traditional recipe from the First Nations People of North America. Her kids’ smiling faces are proof at how it turned out.

Bread Clay Beads – Mama Miss has made bread jewelry. Yep! You read that right. She created bread clay beads that were transformed into a fun craft project.