1 teaspoon yeast (any sort)
- Teddy bear shapes, made with different sized balls of dough. Use tiny balls for eyes, buttons, etc.
- Caterpillars, with the all the same size balls of dough – except for the head which should be slightly bigger. Put a face and feelers on the head.
- ‘House’ bread; roll out the dough to about pizza-sized then make a house shape – first cut a square (counting the sides as you do it) then a triangle – with each side a bit larger than a side of the square. Place these together on baking parchment then use the trimmings for windows, doors, chimney, etc.
- Banded snake bread; roll the dough out into a long snake and curl it onto your baking tray. Brush with water at 2cm intervals and sprinkle sesame seeds on the wet dough. Brush with water in the gaps and sprinkle with poppy seeds. If using currants for eyes, cut a slit in the dough to take the currants – otherwise they just fall off as the dough rises. Make a 2cm tongue and slit the end.
- Hedgehog rolls. Make a short finger roll and point one end for the nose. Use currants for the eyes (or tiny balls of dough). From behind, snip spikes with a pair of scissors held at about a 30 degree angle.
- Look out for different shaped pastry cutters.
- Make different coloured bread dough:
- Red – grate some cooked beetroot and add it into the mix (use any liquid as part of the liquid for the dough)
- Brown - add a dessertspoon of cocoa powder along with the flour and sugar
- Smiley face mini pizzas, using cherry tomatoes, peppers and mushrooms – or make these out of the dough.
- Make their name out of dough. Roll out an oval of dough (to use as a plaque), put their name on it, then bake and varnish when it’s cold.
- Finally, encourage your child to suggest or make their own shapes.