Bread in a Bag is a combination of both 100% whole wheat flour and white flour. When you are making the recipe with children, show them how the 100% whole wheat flour is darker than white flour. Discuss that the 100% whole wheat flour has good things in it to help them grow.
Making Bread in a Bag is a fun activity for parents to do with children when it is too stormy to go outside or for a fun activity over holiday break. Teachers can also use the activity in their classroom if they have access to an oven.
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension has a helpful teacher’s guide for bread in the bag. It contains lesson plan ideas including a detailed guide to have children make their own bread in a bag.
Here is what you need to make Bread in a Bag
- 2 cups white flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3 tablespoons powdered milk
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup water (warm, 120 to 130 degrees F)
- Extra whole wheat flour as needed for kneading
1. Combine flour, whole wheat flour, yeast, sugar, salt and powdered milk in a one gallon resealable freezer bag. Squeeze upper part of bag to force out air and seal bag. Shake and work bag with fingers to blend ingredients.
2. Add oil and warm water to dry ingredients. Reseal bag. Mix by working bag with fingers until dough is completely mixed and pulls away from bag.
3. On a floured surface, knead dough 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding flour as needed. Put dough back into bag and let it rest 10 minutes.
4. Shape dough on greased baking sheet or put into a 4 inch x 8 inch greased loaf pan. Cover with a clean cloth or plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in bulk.
5. Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. (May take between 25 and 45 minutes to bake).
6. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack or clean dish towel.
Everyone will enjoy the aroma of the bread baking and they are sure to enjoy the taste of the homemade bread. Happy baking and happy holidays!
Mary Schroeder works for the University of Minnesota Extension which helps to connect community needs with University of Minnesota resources. Specifically the Health and Nutrition programs and resources focus on disease & obesity prevention, healthy school environments, and continuing education for community professionals. You can link to the Extension Health and Nutrition website at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/health/
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Now is the time to get registered for Spring Semester Early Childhood Courses if you haven’t already. Visit THIS LINK to get all the details. Classes are filling so don’t delay…register today!!
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Jack Frost by Helen Bayley Davis
Someone painted pictures on my Windowpane last night
Willow trees with trailing boughs And flowers, frosty white.
And lovely crystal butterflies; But when the morning sun
Touched them with its golden beams, They vanished one by one.
NAEYC has a great feature titled Message In a Backpack (MIB). Teachers/providers are able to print and share copies of the pages with the families in their programs. I’ve included one below. Click on the image or visit the above link to view all past MIB issues.
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Brocklin is a seasoned educational leader with expertise in business development, strategic planning, program design, management, sales and professional development. As the Manager of Domestic and International Partnerships, he has created and managed major local, state, national and federal relationships with organizations and individuals responsible for assessing and credentialing early childhood teachers domestically and internationally. Read more »
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“Brian and Betsy Lucas were a happy, successful couple with two very young daughters when a stunning medical diagnosis transformed life, as they knew it. Brian chronicled their 2-year saga of heartache and hope in his award-winning book, Here Comes the Sun: A Young Family’s Journey through Cancer. Now both Brian and Betsy join Marti & Erin for a moving and inspiring discussion of Read more »
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There are a lot of tips and ideas for how to create a healthy and fun celebration so people won’t even realize the candy and high calorie goodies are missing from the party. I really like the resource Read more »
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