This week’s theme for Discover & Explore is Cooking with Kids. When I originally started blogging I planned to share much more often about ideas and recipes for cooking with kids. Lovey and Tinker both enjoy helping in the kitchen, and very few meals in this house are made without their help. Somehow I haven’t shared much this past year, so I’m excited to share one simple recipe we found that works very well for cooking with kids.
Easy Fall Bread
The original inspiration for this recipe are the cheesy crescent roll leaves created by Hungry Happenings. Visit the site for the full recipe tutorial for adults and tips for reheating these rolls for Thanksgiving dinner. I’ll be focusing on the parts of the recipe we did to make this a super kid-friendly cooking with kids recipe. Lovey was able to do almost everything for this recipe on her own with my supervision.
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Easy Steps for Making Fall Bread with Kids
Lovey, age 4, wanted to bake bread, so these directions were planned with a preschooler in mind. I decided to use fresh herbs instead of dried ones so that we could discuss the textures and scents of the herbs. I chose leafy parsley and oregano, but you could select any herbs you like or even use dried ones to save time. We kept two separate bowls of each herb.
Lovey did her best to trim the leaves into tiny bits. We probably didn’t follow proper procedures for preparing herbs, but the finished bread tasted great anyway.
After snipping some of the leaves off, Lovey did a little pinching and tearing to break up the herbs even more. The cutting, pinching, and tearing were great for working those fine motor muscles.
We took a moment to explore our sense of smell and see what we thought of the herbs.
Lovey was not too pleased with the smell!
Next I helped her line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly dust our work space with flour. We set the herbs, shredded cheese, melted butter, and cookie cutters out so they were easy to grab.
I rolled out the crescent rolls and Lovey did her best to pinch the seams together. This was another way we incorporated fine motor practice.
Once we placed the fall shapes onto the baking sheet Lovey gently covered them with the melted butter.
She sprinkled the cheese.
Then she chose which herbs to put on which pieces of dough. She decided we might want to leave some plain in case the herbs tasted as bad as they smelled. Ha!
After baking at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes, we had this beautiful fall bread to enjoy with dinner.
Less stress, more connecting this holiday season? Yes, PLEASE!
From the arrival of fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the last four months of the year can be a wonderful opportunity for making family memories and spending time together, but they can also be stressful as we try to collect ideas, recipes, and activities to try together.
Stephanie Morgan, founder of Modern Parents Messy Kids, a site that’s been voted Best Craft Blog in Parents Magazine and one of babble.com’s Top 50 Craft Mom Blogs, recently released a new eBook to help us have a little less stress and more time to connect with family this year.
Stephanie’s goal is to make it easier on all of us to enjoy the holidays with our kids. Hands-On Holidays is 100 pages full of her family’s very favorite ways to connect as a family over the holiday season. I love the convenience of having so many ideas in one place, and most of them are simple enough for even my toddler to participate in.
The book includes picture book suggestions, DIY decor, activities, and treats. Bonus sections also offer even more ideas to enjoy. Click here to view more details.
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Discover & Explore: Cooking with Kids
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