One of the easiest recipes to cook with toddlers has to be this kid’s soda bread recipe. It’s ideal to bake and one of our favourite activities to do with our toddlers and preschoolers for St Patrick’s Day. So here we go a simple Irish Soda Bread Recipe to Cook with Kids.

Soda Bread

Unlike our bread and pizza recipes. Soda bread involves no yeast.

This means that it’s even easier to make and perfect for cooking with young tots.

toddler mixing together the soda bread dough in a bowl
2-year-old making Soda Bread for St Patrick’s Day

The raising agent comes from baking soda and using half self-raising flour and half plain (all-purpose) making it really easy to bake.

Most Soda Bread Recipes I found needed buttermilk but this one doesn’t.

We’ve got an easy cheat to make your normal milk into buttermilk and it’s so simple.

Cheat’s Buttermilk Recipe

To make buttermilk from normal milk you will need

  • 280ml of full-fat milk
  • 1/2 tsp of lemon juice

Mix them together and you have cheat’s buttermilk to use in this recipe.

Tips for Making the Recipe with Toddlers

toddler making soda bread dough

This is such a simple recipe. But there are some tips for making soda bread with kids.

Tip 1

Line your baking tray with some parchment or greaseproof paper this will prevent it from sticking.

Tip 2

If the mixture is too moist then you can add a little extra flour, or too try then add some more milk.

Tip 3

Kneading too much or too little will not affect this recipe as much as other breads so let your toddler have a go. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to develop their muscles that they will later need for writing.

Tip 4

toddler kneading the bread dough

Make a cross in the bread (this helps it cook) but it’s also a folk tale! The fairies lookout for the cross and protect the bread as it bakes.

freshly made Kid's Soda Bread for St Patrick's Day Lunch

Whilst you are waiting for it to cook and then cool down why don’t you sit down snuggle up with your little ones and enjoy one of the books from our Best St Patrick’s Day Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers selection.

Once cooked let the bread cool and then cover with Irish Butter and some homemade Jam for a perfect lunch for you and your toddler to share together on St Patrick’s Day.

Recipes for Toddlers to Make St Patrick's Day Soda Bread
Easy Kids Soda Bread Recipe that even toddlers and preschoolers can bake

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Cerys Parker
Easy St Patrick’s Day Recipe to make traditional Irish Soda Bread perfect for cooking with kids as young as toddlers. Includes instructions on making your own buttermilk.
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Course bread, Lunch
Cuisine Irish
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 1621 kcal


  • Baking Tray
  • Measuring spoons
  • Greaseproof paper or parchment paper
  • Bowl
  • Spoon for stirring



Making Buttermilk

  • Add your Lemon Juice to the full-fat milk.
  • Mix together until combined to create a buttermilk substitute.

Making Irish Soda Bread

  • Pre-Heat oven on to 200C.
  • Line a baking tray with some greaseproof paper. 
  • Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix.
  • Add the milk/lemon juice mix and stir to form a dough. If the dough is too sticky then add a bit more flour. 
  • If the dough is too sticky then add a bit more flour. 
  • Shape into a round and score with a cross on the top.
  • Place on the baking tray in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Let the Bread cool and then serve with some butter and jam.


The cross on the top of the bread is to help the air escape as it cooks, or as the folklore says it’s so that the fairies protect the bread as it bakes. I think I like the second reason better.


Calories: 1621kcalCarbohydrates: 311gProtein: 53gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 1838mgPotassium: 784mgFiber: 10gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 454IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 376mgIron: 11mg
Keyword Cooking with Kids, Preschool Recipes, St Patrick’s Day, Toddler Recipes
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St Patrick's Day Soda Bread recipe to cook with toddlers
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.

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