25+ Easy Bread Recipes for Making Bread With Kids

Let’s make an easy bread recipe with the kids today!

Baking has always been a favorite activity and a little “extra” fun to do with the kids. Making our own bread at home together has become our favorite activity.

We have chosen really easy bread recipes so they are easy to make…and then who doesn’t love the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven?

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Let’s make an easy bread recipe together!

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Easy Bread Recipes Perfect for Baking with Kids

It was about day three into my “doing a little extra plan” that I noticed a pattern…we were making bread daily!

In fact, by day six, 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.

And it was a very simple process.

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.

If you are looking for a great recipe with simple ingredients to try as your first bread making adventure…

My Favorite Easy Bread Recipe

Ingredients

Bread Machine Directions

If you want to use a bread machine on automatic settings, select white bread and dump all the ingredients into the bread machine and walk away. If you prefer the loaves of bread that come out of a traditional loaf pan, then try this:

  1. Add both the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients to the bread machine bowl.
  2. Set for manual setting so it takes it through the mixing with a dough hook, first dough rise, mixing, second rise process on its own in a warm place.
  3. When the manual setting is over, I let it rise in place until it doubles in size and then turn it out on a cutting board work surface covered with all purpose flour to knead the dough slightly and smooth into loaves.
  4. Bake in a regular bread pan in a preheated oven at 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until you have delightfully crusty bread.
  5. Set on a cooling rack until someone eats it all or it cools & store in airtight container if anything is left.

A combination of whole wheat flour and bread flour can be tried for a different density of bread. I really like this recipe because once sliced it makes my favorite sandwiches!

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

I thought it would be fun to find the best bread recipes that go well with baking with kids. There are so many recipes that I will be trying next time with my boys.

Easy Recipes for Kids Making Bread

Lazy Woman Bread – This is one of Rachel’s favorite recipes and it is a great way to roll with the unpredictability of feeding a family. via Kids Activities Blog 

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! This might be the ultimate first time bread baking recipe! via Lesson Learn Journal 

Easy Bread Recipe for Kids – Yep, it is easy. It is bread. Literally a great bread recipe… via Kids Activities Blog 

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 with dry active yeast. via Teach Beside Me

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. via Mama Smiles 

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 a simple loaf of friendship bread with a bonus stick figure. Oh so cute! via JDaniel4’s Mom

Friendship Bread Starter – For Friendship Week, Jillian from Confidence Meets Parenting made a friendship bread starter to deliver to some special people. This sourdough starter would make an amazing homemade gift! via Confidence Meets Parenting

Little Red Hen Bread – After reading The Little Red Hen, Cassie and the 3 Dinosaurs kids made their own loaf of bread. via 3 Dinosaurs

Beer Bread – Ticia from Adventures in Mommydom went around the world in 12 dishes. Exploring the world through food is my favorite way to travel too! The Beer Bread accompanied Irish Beef Stew for their stop in Ireland. via Adventures in Mommydom

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Kneading dough is just like playing with playdough!

More Simple Bread Recipe Ideas to Try

Baked Shapes – Cathy from Nurture Store did a great thing…she baked shapes from bread dough as part of her math games fun. via Nurture Store

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

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 chewy texture fun from a basic recipe. via 123 Homeschool 4 Me

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. via Taming the Goblin 

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. via Taming the Goblin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. via Mama Miss

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Let’s make monkey bread…is that REALLY bread?

Bread Making FAQ

What are the 4 main ingredients in bread?

Bread requires 4 basic ingredients: flour, water, yeast and salt

What is the process of bread making?

Step 1 – Measure your ingredients.
Step 2 – Mix ingredients together or mix together the yeast and liquid first, allowing it to rise double in size, and then mixing everything together.
Step 3 – Let the dough rise.
Step 4 – Knead the dough.
Step 5 – Shape the dough.
Step 6 – Final rising of the dough also called proofing.
Step 7 – Baking the bread.
Step 8 – Let bread cool.
Step 9 – Slice and eat!

What makes bread light and fluffy?

I have found that when I use bread flour, it results in a light and fluffy loaf. This may be because bread flour has more gluten which will keep the bread moisture intact and allow more of the gas from the yeast be captured inside the bread.

Do you need to put water in oven when baking bread?

I have never tried this, but the theory is that adding a shallow pan of water will add steam to the baking process.

What is the secret to making good bread?

I think the best way to make an amazing loaf is to find a bread recipe you love and make it over and over. It is really surprising that you will learn something every single time you make the bread recipe, even if it is a simple recipe!

More Recipes for Baking Bread

Leave a comment: Which easy homemade bread recipe did your family enjoy the most?

21 Comments

  1. Oh Holly – this is absolutely brilliant. We are big bread bakers around here. Excited about these new recipes!

  2. This is a great post for getting kids involved in the kitchen! Can’t wait to try a few recipes out with my 3~

  3. What a great thing! I love the idea of having homemade bread daily. Wonder if I could teach my 3 year old to do it… 🙂

  4. I need to save this idea…what a great activity! I love getting kids involved in the kitchen. This would be great to link up to Create It Thursday #19 ¦hope you’ll join us!

  5. Wow, these are some great and useful recipes for bread. They are also presented nicely for almost any child to help with too. Thank you for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop 🙂

  6. Beer bread is one of my favorites! Thanks so much for sharing these awesome kid-friendly bread recipes.

  7. I love that you posted this. Before my son even knew about play-dough, he knew the fun of bread dough. He always begs me to help every time I make it. I will definitely have to try out some of these new recipes with him. Thank you for sharing this with the Less Laundry, More Linking party.

  8. What a great idea! I absolutely love getting my kids involved in the kitchen and think it teaches them important life skills.

    Thanks so much for sharing at the Pinworthy Projects Party.

  9. I love involving my girls in the kitchen! Definitely will be giving this recipe a try! I know that they will absolutely have so much fun. Thanks for linking to a Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop ~ You were featured yesterday as one of my favorites :0)

  10. We LOVE having the kids in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing at The Patriotic Pam. We featured this post this week on our new link party. I’m excited to see what else you have to share this week. Come over and see your feature at http://www.thepatrioticpam.com
    Pam @ The Patriotic Pam

  11. So fun! The kids and I made bread with their grandmother while we were in England and loved it. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  12. Great Resource! I love baking bread with my girls, so I look forward to making some of these!

  13. What if you dont have a bread machine?

  14. Hi Linda,

    You can definitely make bread without a bread machine. The same recipe works, you will just need to knead the dough yourself. My kids actually prefer it!

  15. Thanks, we’ll try it! I have a daughter with SPD so it will most likely help with the bread making!!

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