Teach the alphabet with dough

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A simple bread dough is a perfect medium for children to explore with. It’s easy to make using ingredients you can keep in your storecupboard and I find children always take great pleasure in using ‘real grown-up’ materials. There are lots of ways you can use a bread dough to let your children play with counting, measuring, pouring, cutting. Today we’ve been teaching the alphabet with bread. We’ve a recipe and a song to share with you.

Weigh 500g of strong bread flour and a teaspoon of salt out into a big bowl. Little thought it felt very tickly.

Practise your scissor skills to add a 7g sachet of fast-action dried yeast.

Pour in 300ml of warm water and a tablespoon of olive oil using good hand-eye co-ordination. Little liked mixing the colours to combine all the ingredients into a ball of dough.

Develop strength in your fingers by kneading the dough for 5 minutes on a floured surface. (Getting fingers ready to one day hold a pencil and write well.)

Try out a different texture as you spread a little oil on a baking sheet.

Introduce some letters by making your own dough alphabet. (If you want to use the recipe to make a proper loaf you can shape it and then leave it to prove for 45 minutes before baking.)

Put your letters on the baking sheet and bake in an oven pre-heated to Gas 7/ 220C for about 10 minutes, depending on the size of your letters. (Bake for 25 minutes if you’re making a whole loaf.)

If you can spot the letters in your name you can eat them!

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  1. says

    Lovely idea this though I’ve found that sometimes the letters become rather indistinct when the dough rises. To avoid this problem I do something similar with a shortbread type dough, or a gingerbread biscuit dough – neither of them change their shape a great deal when baked.

  2. Mia says

    Love the idea of baking the alphabets. But I have one question for you are you much of a gardener? I got myself into a competition and I don’t know the first thing about gardening… Help please !!!

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