One of our favourite recipes to cook with kids is bread. A simple tradition we have is to bake a loaf of bread at home once a week with the kids. This easy bread recipe is ideal as you can use it for a 2lb loaf or you can make it into some extra cute little hedgehog rolls. The kneading, watching it rise and then enjoying the finished loaf is fantastic for the kids and it does taste extra nice as well.

simple bread dough recipe to cook at home

When I set about making bread with the kids we tried a few different recipes.

But we settled on this one as it’s easy to remember and they can do a lot of it themselves.

Ingredients for Easy Bread Dough

3 cups strong bread flour
pinch of salt
1 packet of quick action yeast
2 tablespoons of vegetable or sunflower oil
1 cup of warm water
1 tablespoon of sugar

bread dough rising with a recipe card for kids to use beside it on a marble counter top

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For your older kids we have created a recipe booklet which contains the recipe so that they can flip through and follow as they cook.

flip through recipe booklet for easy bread dough from rainy day mum next to a loaf tin with bread dough ready to rise.

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Making bread with kids

Although I normally cook with the kids on the kitchen counter with them standing on a footstool – because of kneading the bread I have found that the kids find it easier to make bread at the table where they can knead the dough easier.

First off add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix well.

Make a well in the middle and add in the oil and the warm water (it should be hand hot and no more).

preschooler making bread at the kitchen table pouring water into a bowl full of flour

Stir the mix until it comes together and then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead.

child kneading bread with sticky fingers

A tip that I learnt from watching The Great British Bake Off – lightly oil your hands and the dough won’t attach as easily.

child kneading bread dough on a pink mat

It takes about 5 – 10 minutes to knead the dough into a nice smooth dough, and I often find myself taking a turn with the kids as well.

Once the dough is kneaded and smooth make into shapes that you want and then put in a warm place to double in size – this takes around an hour.

Decorate if you wish

Preheat the oven to 180C (my setting for my fan assisted oven)

Then bake for 15 – 20 minutes for rolls, 20 – 30 minutes for loaves. When turned over the bread when tapped should be hollow sounding.

Leave on a wire wrack to cool if you can!

easy bread loaf recipe to cook with kids at home

Easy Bread Dough – Cooking with Kids

Very simple and easy recipe for baking bread with kids or yourself. Relatively quick and works fantastically for bread, rolls and snacks. Perfect for some cooking in the home or classroom.
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Course: bread
Keyword: Bread Recipes, Cooking with Kids, easy recipes
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 1 1/2lb loaf or 4 small rolls
Calories: 1651kcal
Author: Cerys Parker


  • Bowl
  • spoon
  • Loaf Tin


  • 500 g strong bread flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 packet quick action yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil vegetable oil will work as well
  • 240 ml warm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Put the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  • Make a well in the centre of the bowl
    Making bread - learning about the process of harvesting wheat, milling and bread making as part of #playfulpreschool
  • Add in the vegetable oil and the warm water
    Making bread - learning about the process of harvesting wheat, milling and bread making as part of #playfulpreschool
  • Mix with a spoon until a dough is formed
  • Turn out the dough on a lightly floured surface
    Making bread - learning about the process of harvesting wheat, milling and bread making as part of #playfulpreschool
  • Knead for 5 – 10 minutes until smooth
    Making bread - learning about the process of harvesting wheat, milling and bread making as part of #playfulpreschool
  • Make into shapes or put in a loaf tin
    Making bread - learning about the process of harvesting wheat, milling and bread making as part of #playfulpreschool
  • Leave in a warm place for around an hour until doubled in size
  • Decorate if you wish
  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Cook 15 – 20 minutes for shaped rolls or 20 – 30 minutes for loaves
  • Test to see if cooked by tapping the bottom with your knuckle – hollow sound = cooked
  • Leave to cool and enjoy.
    Making bread - learning about the process of harvesting wheat, milling and bread making as part of #playfulpreschool
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Calories: 1651kcal | Carbohydrates: 284g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 3mg
easy bread dough recipe to cook with kids

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Why not bake this bread and then serve on this handmade Breaking Breadboard from Etsy. It’s made in the UK and ships World Wide.

This is by far the best cooking with kids set I have found that includes everything that you need to start cooking and baking. The apron is ideal to grow with your child and the knives included will cut through fruit and vegetables but not skin so they are great for learning to use a knife safely.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.


  1. I had some dough rising and checked my email — to find this post! Some of the buns are now hedgehogs. 🙂 Adorable!

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