25+ Bread Recipe Ideas to Make with Kids (2024)

Let’s make an easy bread recipe with the kids today! Baking has always been a favorite thing to do together. Making our own bread at home together has become our favorite activity.

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Easy Bread Recipes for making Bread with Kids

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?

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 check out my favorite homemade bread recipe below.

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Making Bread 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.

My Favorite Recipe for Making Bread from Scratch


how to make bread step by step

  • 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!

how to make bread in a bread machine

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.

Favorite bread recipe variations

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.

Easy Bread Recipe Ideas for Kids

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.

1. Lazy Woman Bread Recipe

Try making Rachel’s best bread recipe because it is a great way to roll with the unpredictability of feeding a family.

2. 2 Ingredient Bread Recipe

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

3. Easy Bread Recipe for Kids

Yep, it is easy. It is bread. Literally easy bread and a great bread recipe…

4. 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

5. Pizza Dough Science Recipe

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

6. Friendship Bread Recipe

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

7. Make 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

8. Little Red Hen Bread Recipe

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

9. Homemade Beer Bread Recipe

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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More Simple Bread Recipe Ideas to Try

10. Baked Shapes Made with Homemade Bread Dough

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

11. Let’s Make 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

12. Homemade Pretzels Kids Can Make

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

13. Qurban Recipe

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

14. Easy Tear Away Brioche Loaf Recipe

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

15. Huckabuck Bread Recipe

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

16. Perunarieska {Potato Flat Bread} Recipe

Glittering Muffins is baking up a specialty of Finland in their cooking adventure around the world. These look delicious! via Glittering Muffins (currently unavailable)

17. Homemade French Bread Recipe

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 (currently unavailable)

18. Family Favorite Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

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

19. Yummy Refrigerator Rolls Recipe

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 (currently unavailable)

20. Bannock Recipe

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

21. Make Dinner Rolls Together with this Easy Recipe

This easy dinner roll recipe is perfect to go with almost any family dinner…and I promise there will be no leftovers!

[Bonus] 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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Bread Making FAQ

What are the 4 main ingredients in bread?

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

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 are the Secrets 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!

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  • Homemade rolls…these are the best!
  • Monkey bread recipe…ok, is that really a bread?

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

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