How A Bread Maker Made Baking With Kids Fun Again

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My kids LOVE baking! It’s messy, fun, and you get something delicious to eat at the end – what’s not to love! Haha.

We often use our bread maker to help with the baking. You just choose one of the bread maker recipes, bung everything into the bowl, and let the bread maker work its magic!


Then once the dough is ready, the kids can do the fun bit of shaping it into whatever creation takes their fancy.

It’s basically edible playdough! Haha.

Bread maker dough - white bread

Using a bread maker is a great way to introduce kids to baking. They can help to weigh out all the ingredients and then tip everything in. They will love creating fun shapes with the dough when it comes out, and the mess is quite minimal as there are no mixing bowls or sloppy mixtures involved.

Bread maker bread rolls with strong white bread flour in the background

Our favourite bread shapes

Bread dough is very versatile so get creative and shape it however you like! My advice is to make the shapes as big and bold as possible as they will lose a bit of form during the proving and baking stages.

The internet is full of bread shape ideas but some can be a little complicated. Here are some simple ideas to get you started…

Bread maker dough on baking tray

1) Plait

I have girls – plaiting is what they do! So as soon as the dough comes out of the bread maker, we are already allocating some of it to be a bread plait!

Divide the dough into three long strips, squash them together at one end, and then plait.

Bread shapes using dough from a bread maker - bread plait

2) Spiral

This is a good one for little ones. Simply roll the dough into a long sausage and then wind it up. The spiral can also double up as a snail’s shell.

Bread maker dough - simple bread shapes spiral

3) Hedgehog

This one is a little more complicated but still totally do-able. Shape the dough into an oval with a point at one end (the hedgehog’s nose). Then use some scissors to snip some spikes into the hedgehog’s back.

Bread maker dough shapes for children - bread hedgehog

4) Ring

The ring is another easy one. Roll the bread maker dough out into a long sausage shape and then bring the two ends together. You can also try some glasses with this technique!

How A Bread Maker Made Baking With this Kids Fun Again - child pulling at bread dough

Bread maker baking - simple dough shapes - doughnut ring

TOP TIP: If the dough isn’t sticking together to form the shape, trying dabbing some water on before squeezing the ends together.

Not just bread

If you’ve never used a bread maker before, let me assure you it’s really easy to operate with preset programmes and a comprehensive cookbook to guide you through.

We’ve had our Panasonic bread maker for almost 4 years now but they’ve just launched a new range with slick designs and a variety of different modes. We love trying out new recipes and, of course, we’ve got our reliable favourites too.

Freshly baked bread rolls from a bread maker

But it’s not just loaves and dough. These are just a few of the other things you can make with a bread maker:

  • Jam
  • Cakes
  • Ravioli
  • Gluten free recipes
  • Brioche
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Doughnuts

Advantages of using a bread maker with kids

I am much more laid back when I use the bread maker with the kids – I don’t need to worry about them doing it wrong. I also don’t stress as much about “prettifying” the makes because they expand when during baking anyway, and creativity is the name of the game!

Bread maker dough - egg wash

Here are some of the other perks of using a bread maker with little ones:

  • No mixing bowls to knock over
  • Set it going and come back to it later
  • Easy to use
  • Use a timer to bake over night
  • Delicious every time
  • Still get educational bit of measuring ingredients

Homemade bread from a bread maker - rolls

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Do you have a bread maker? What do you use it for? Do your kids enjoy baking? What are your favourite things to bake together?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Panasonic. All opinions are my own. For more info, please check out my disclosure policy.

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  1. 3

    I love making bread with children! It’s so much fun; all that stretching and twisting! I also love my bread maker as it makes it perfect everytime! Lovely post. #ablogginggoodtime

  2. 5
    Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    This is a fab idea. We have a bread maker, but tend to just make the recipes where it does everything – including the baking. I’ll have to give a different recipe a go where we take the dough and and have a chance to shape it. Thanks for sharing this with the #Dreamteam xx

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    Rhyming with Wine

    I would absolutely love a breadmaker. I think there is nothing nicer than the smell of freshly cooked bread. We make shortbread a lot for the edible playdoh angle too – but bread is so much more versatile! Thanks for linking up to #DreamTeam Lucy x

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