What are the children learning about volume by filling a cup with flour?
What are the children learning about measurement? Could they measure ingredients without measuring cups and spoons?
What does leveling the flour teach children?
What else could you do to introduce mathematics concepts through bread baking?
What social skills are children developing? What else might you do to reinforce social skills?
How does eating and sharing the bread contribute to a sense of competence and self-esteem?
Health, Nutrition, and Safety
What safety precautions are needed when using potentially dangerous equipment such as an oven?
How could you incorporate health and nutrition topics during bread baking?
What do children learn by adding wet ingredients to dry ingredients?
What do children learn from kneading dough and punching it down? How would you explain why dough rises? How might you set up an experiment to show that dough needs to be in a warm place in order to rise?
What vocabulary words could you introduce?
What books could enhance children’s learning about bread baking, cooking, and related topics?
How could you incorporate reading and writing?
Extending the Learning
How would you document what and how children learned during bread baking?
What activities could you plan to build on the bread-baking activity?
How could you involve families—before, during, and after the bread-baking activity?