Hands On Bread Baking for Sensory Processing Kids

A piercing scream was followed by a solid thud against the lounge room wall. My middle child came running into the kitchen and took cover behind me. His face was a mixture of surprise and cheekiness. My youngest son was hot on his heels. His face was set with anger, tears in his eyes. What had been some low-level rough-house play between brothers had quickly escalated into a battle of revenge.

My youngest son finds it difficult to let go of his anger. He will stomp and rage for the good part of half-an-hour, looking for his moment to exact revenge on his older brother. As a kid with sensory processing disorder, when he’s all fired up like this his receptors are all firing off and he finds it difficult to regulate his emotions without some outside intervention. Thankfully, I discovered that hands on bread baking with my youngest reduces the stimulation, restores calm and he loves it.

Hands on Bread Baking Recipe: Easy Honey Dough

{you will need…}

Hands on bread baking is made easier by setting out the ingredients on a tray (see picture below). This gives Ooffa control of the baking experience. He doesn’t have to wait for me to get the ingredients and there is no set order to when the ingredients are added EXCEPT one, the water and yeast must be added to the bowl first.

  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 Tbs yeast
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 1 tsp salt (add to flour)
  • 3 cups flour

Hands On Bread Baking for Sensory Processing Kids
{what you do…}

  1. Wash hands and put on apron.
  2. Pour water into a bowl and add yeast.
  3. Add oil, honey, flour and salt. Hands On Bread Baking for Sensory Processing Kids
    Hands On Bread Baking for Sensory Processing Kids
  4. Mix well with a wooden spoon or hands. Hands On Bread Baking for Sensory Processing Kids
  5. Lightly flour tabletop.
  6. Turn dough onto floured surface.
  7. Begin kneading. This is his favourite part. He punches. He pulls. He squeezes. He gets out his anger and tension while kneading the dough.
  8. After about 10 minutes of kneading, return the dough to the bowl. Hands On Bread Baking for Sensory Processing Kids
  9. Cover and place the bowl in a warm spot until the dough has doubled in size (about an hour).
  10. Remove the dough from the bowl and cut into even portions.
  11. Make the dough into any form you wish. Here we tried a snail, a braid and a person.
  12. Preheat the oven to 108C (350F). Place the forms onto a baking tray and let rest.Hands On Bread Baking for Sensory Processing Kids
    Hands On Bread Baking for Sensory Processing Kids
  13. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes, until baked through. (If you tap the underside it should sound hollow).
  14. Leave to cool on a wire rack

Hands On Bread Baking for Sensory Processing Kids
This bread tastes absolutely delicious! The addition of honey really hits the sweet spot and as far as my youngest goes, it has hit his behavioural sweet spot too {smile}

Note: I don’t have this tray set out, readily prepared in case of an outburst, it would be cool if I could, but it’s just not realistic. After an outburst/ high energy/ overwhelm I separate the boys to different Peace areas of our home. The boys practice regulating their breathing, mindfulness and restoring calm. It is during this time that I place the ingredients out on the tray. I hope that is helpful for you on how to set up a hands on bread baking activity {smile}

PIN THIS EASY HONEY BREAD RECIPE FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Hands On Bread Baking for Sensory Processing Kids

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