Pumpkin Bread


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!
Pumpkin Bread Recipe


  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • l teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 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.

Other Materials

  • Two loaf pans or muffin tins
  • Large Bowl and Mixing Spoon
  • Pam


  • 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. Note: Muffins will cook faster.

Here is our cute classroom version you can print of our Pumpkin Bread Recipe. 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.

Other Ideas

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

Sequencing Cards

For each recipe we did in the classroom, I made a set of laminated cards. This was a set I made for making Haupia. These cards were great for practicing reading, sequencing and very helpful if you choose to make a book. Each card represents one page.
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.