Bakery Box – Ideas and Activities

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Happy February! This month’s Bramble Box has a bakery theme. Our bakery box is designed to build on gross and fine motor skills, literacy and numeracy skills while providing lots of fun and entertainment in the process!

Activity Extending Ideas

Visit a Bakery

 

Go on an adventure to a bakery.  Look at the baked goods on offer, the displays and discuss the worker’s jobs or roles, the menu and price list.

 

Measuring 

 

Create a mini sensory table. Fill a bowl with flour or play dough, use measuring spoons and cups to investigate different quantities and measurements. Discover which is bigger; a tablespoon or a teaspoon? How many quarter cups does it take to fill one whole cup?

 

Homemade Play dough

 

Making play dough together provides hours of fun and is really quite easy (not to mention it’s much cheaper than buying from the store). Here at Bramble Box HQ we typically find that homemade play dough that is cooked on the stove lasts a bit longer and has a better texture than uncooked play dough – the downside is that there is less involvement for the child. There are loads of variations of recipes out there but we found this one to be particularly good.

If you are looking for an uncooked recipe to make with your child try this one, it’s our uncooked favorite. 

Printables

 Download our open and closed sign and order forms to compliment your bakery box.


Download Bakery Open or Closed Sign

Download Bakery Order Forms
 
Household Items to Explore
 

Your box and it’s contents are just the start of a great bakery prop box. Below is a list of additional items from around your home, that can be added to your prop box or explored for further fun and learning:

  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Cookie cutters
  • Empty ingredient containers
  • Timer
  • Wooden spoons
  • Bowls
  • Muffin tin
  • Scale
 
Building Vocabulary 

Each monthly box introduces new themes, concepts and words! Use the props provided to introduce new words.  Below are some suggested words that are often associated with bakeries or baking:

Uniform
Customer
Menu
recipe
frosting
temperature
knead
Flour
dough
decorate
cookie
gingerbread
cupcake
presentation
quantity
tablespoons
measurement
ingredients
muffin



Suggested Reading 

Reading is a great way to expand on a theme and learn more.  Below is a small selection of  non-fiction and fiction books which expand on the box theme.

  • Who made this cake? By Chihiro Nakagawa
  • Baking with Friends: Recipes, Tips and Fun Facts for Teaching Kids to Bake. By Charlene Patton
  • Kids’ Baking: 60 Delicious Recipes For Children To Make. By Sarah Lewis
  • The Donut Chef. By Bob Staake
  • Knead It, Punch It, Bake It!: The Ultimate Breadmaking Book for Parents and Kids. By Evan and Judith Jones
  • Sprinkles and Secrets. By Lisa Schroeder
  • The Bake Shop Ghost. By Jacqueline Ogburn and Marjorie A. Priceman
  • The Gingerbread Man. By Parragon Books


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