Toddler Recipes: Pumpkin Bread
Toddler Recipes: A yummy activity that you and your toddler can do together. Make a book as a follow up activity.
A wonderful holiday recipe that also serves as a yummy treat! This has been one of my favorite classroom recipes for many years.
We'd make it around Thanksgiving and send home a child made book with the recipe.
The children would come back to school and at least half would have tried it with their family!
2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
l teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup milk
1/2 block softened butter. This is the equivalent of two sticks or 1 cup.
Two loaf pans or muffin tins
Large Bowl and Mixing Spoon
- Add dry ingredients and softened butter to pumpkin mixture.
- Mix until well blended.
- Spread in well-greased loaf pan.
- Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until done. Ovens will vary so be sure to poke a toothpick or skewer to see if it comes out clean. O
Note: Muffins will cook faster.
Print Recipe Here
TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS:
Great recipe to print out and have your child follow along. See printable recipe below. Have ingredients measured out for very young toddlers
ahead of time and they can help put the ingredients into the mixing bowl.
This can also be cooked in a toaster oven but you will likely have to adjust temperature and time according to your oven. I used a toaster
oven when doing this as a class activity. The smell of baking bread was quite an incentive for the children to work hard on their pumpkin books!
After removing from oven, poke a few holes with a skewer and drizzle a small amount of melted butter and sugar mixed together over the top.
Make a Pumpkin Bread Recipe Book
Cut out pumpkin shaped pages and write the directions step by step with one per page. Illustrate each page with your toddler.
Send with pumpkin bread as a nice gift to a special teacher or family member. If this is done in a classroom, make sequencing cards shown below
for each step so it is visible across the room. Each card represents one page of the book. Have each child write and illustrate each page.
Free printable pattern for Pumpkin Book
For each recipe we did in the classroom, I made a set of laminated cards. This was great for practicing reading, sequencing and
very helpful if you choose to make a book. Each card represents one page.
Refer to each card as you make your pumpkin bread.
After the activity is complete, you can go back and talk about the sequence of the cooking activity and have children place cards in order.
Great Way to Introduce Reading to your Toddler!
Toddler Recipes are great activities to introduce reading in a fun way! Making large recipe cards for your child will help reinforce beginning reading concepts.
It demonstrates that words have meaning and you can point and read the instructions for your child to follow. It also introduces math concepts. They learn about measuring
and you can have your child count with you for ingredients that require several Tablespoons or cupfuls.
The pumpkin is in the Cucurbitaceae or gourd family. It has a large trailing vine, heart shaped leaves and a prickly stem.
The plant produces large yellow flowers. Pumpkins generally weigh about 9-18 pounds or 4-8 kg. The current world record is held by
Joe Jutras from Rhode Island, brought a 1,689 pound pumpkin to the Topsfield Fair GPC weigh-off in Topsfield, Ma. on September 29, 2007!
Although pumpkins are usually orange or yellow, some are dark green, pale green, orange-yellow, white, or red and gray.
The most popular pumpkins are the orange colored pumpkin and the straw colored pumpkin, which is the type used for canned pumpkin.
Pumpkins are used as a filling for pies, pastries, and puddings.
Pumpkins were one of the first crops in America. The Indians raised pumpkins before white settlers arrived. The Indians used pumpkin as a food in soup. They
dried it and ground it into meal, they boiled it and then baked it. The Indians cut pumpkins into rings and dried them for the winter.
The first pumpkin pie was made in New England by cutting off the top, taking out the seeds, and filling the inside with milk and spices. Maple syrup or some
other natural sweetener was added and the whole pumpkin was cooked.