Bread as art? As a playtime activity? As a cute little animal? Round up the kids cuz it's time to play with bread!
Bread's not one of those foods that you have to trick your kids into eating, like broccoli or Brussel sprouts. On the whole, I would say that most kids love bread -- but that doesn't mean you still can't have a little fun with it!
At one of our favorite Italian restaurants, each child is given a small plate of bread dough to mold and design into any shape they want while waiting for dinner. After they've finished, the waiter takes their creation back to the kitchen to bake.
My kids love it, even though half the time all they can muster up is a misshaped ball or some other unrecognizable object. Apparently they inherited my lack of art skills. They still love eating their art project.
So if you're creatively challenged like me, here are some easy and quick ideas to transform ordinary bread dough into a work of art.(For recipes, click on title or photo.)
Let's start off with these cute little Piggy Buns that could not be simpler.
Roll out some refrigerated bread dough and cut circles with a biscuit cutter, glass, or whatever round edged object you can find laying around (which is the method I usually go with).
With the leftover scraps cut some triangles for the ears and make a small ball for the nose. Brush the whole roll with a little egg wash and use peppercorns for the eyes and rosemary for the nostrils.
Watch as these little piggies go "wee, wee, wee...all the way home" to your kids’ stomachs.
Keeping with the animal theme, try this amazing turtle bread to bring nature to the kitchen.
And these adorable Bunny Buns will make kids smile as they make them and eat them! They're just as fun in the summertime as at Easter time.
If you're more of a cuddler, try this Panda Bread. The surprise about this bread is that if you eat it, you will automatically know Kung Fu. I guarantee if you tell your kids this little secret they will immediately start spawning Kung Fu moves. This bread really works!
And finally, who can turn down this cheery Double Rainbow Bread. Bright, vibrant, and beautiful!Christy blogs at The Girl Who Ate Everything. She joined Tablespoon to inspire family food fun, so check out her Tablespoon profile for great new ideas!