Baking bread is one of our favourite recipes to cook with toddlers and preschoolers. We started a tradition that every week we would bake some bread.
For our Winter Animal Themed Week, you can use our easy bread recipe to create some delicious hibernating hedgehog bread rolls perfect to eat whilst you read our book of the week Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner.
Talking About Hibernation and Winter Animals with Preschoolers & Toddlers
Before starting we spent some time talking about Hedgehogs and hibernating animals in winter especially after reading our book of the week Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner.
We talked about what they look like, what happens in the autumn to them and why they hibernate as well.
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We have chosen to feature Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner as our book of the week for our Winter Animals theme because of the beautiful illustrations and the wide variety of animals included in the store.
Ingredients for Making Hedgehog Bread With Kids
- Strong White Bread Flour
- Quick Yeast (about half a packet)
- Vegetable oil
- "Hand" hot water
- Raisins for decorating the hedgehog face
These are the basic ingredients for our Easy Bread Recipe to Cook with Kids.
Making Hedgehog Bread Rolls with Preschoolers
Bread is one of our favourite things to make with preschoolers and toddlers. Our easy bread recipe (link above) is great to make as it only needs to prove once and the bread tastes really nice.
Although we love making basic bread there are lots of other recipes you can try we've put our favourites together here - The Best Bread Recipes to Cook with Kids it, of course, contains our favourite pizza dough recipe as well.
This recipe is really simple to make, we've included our recipe card below so you can print it out and use it with your preschooler and toddler without having to have a screen nearby.
Top Tips for Making Bread with Toddlers and Preschoolers
Different factors affect the dough so it is useful to know a couple of these tips.
Bread Dough is too Sticky
This happens often especially with our older preschoolers that like to help to measure out the water and oil.
It's easily fixed just add some more strong white bread flour a little at a time until it becomes less sticky.
The dough is Dry
Another common one and again due to measuring of the ingredients.
It's solved by sprinkling a little more warm water over the dough and kneading it in until it's not too dry and not too sticky.
The dough Isn't Rising
This can be due to 3 things.
- The dough hasn't been kneaded enough - give it some more kneading.
- It's too cold - cover and place in a warmer room.
- The Yeast you have used it out of date - unfortunately this is a case of throwing away and buying some new Yeast.
Making the Bread Rolls Into Hedgehogs
This like our clay hedgehogs we shared recently is a great way to practice scissor skills and cutting with your toddlers and preschoolers.
Wash the scissor thoroughly beforehand and dry.
Then cut into the dough. As the dough has a different consistency than the clay it's a good sensory experience as well.
As the hedgehogs rise during proving you may find the spikes disappear they may also disappear during cooking.
We've discovered that the best way to make the spikes stay visible is to cut after the proving with fairly deep cuts into the dough.
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring Jug
- Put the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine them.
- Add in the table spoon of vegetable oil and then the water.
- Start to mix together, as it becomes sticky get your hands in the bowl and start to knead the dough.
- If the mixture is a little sticky add some more strong white bread flour and if it's a little dry sprinkle on some water.
- Once the dough is combined turn out onto a lightly dusted surface and knead the dough - it needs around 5 minutes of kneading
- Once the dough is kneaded divide into 4 or 5 small rolls and shape into mini hedgehogs.
- Take some scissors and cut spikes into the dough
- Add a face to the hedgehog rolls
- Leave to rise for around about an hour
- In to the oven for about 25 minutes on 200C - you can check they are done but turning over and tapping the bottom, if they sound hollow then the bread is ready.
More Hibernating Animal Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Winter Art Project for Toddlers and Preschoolers - Where can you find the Winter Animals
- Bear Paw Name Game
- Hedgehog Clay Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers