Mini Monkey Bread Cooking Fun with Preschoolers
Mini monkey bread is the perfect recipe to make with preschoolers! These bite-sized, gooey, and sweet treats are not only fun to make, they are also a great way to introduce your little ones to the joys of baking. In this blog post, we will guide you through a simple and kid-friendly recipe for mini monkey bread that will have your preschoolers excited and engaged in the kitchen.
By involving preschoolers in the cooking process, they gain a sense of independence and confidence as they contribute to a real-life task. It nurtures their creativity, independence, and love for food, while providing important life skills that will benefit them as they grow older.
Follow along to learn how to make these yummy treats with your kiddos!
Before starting a recipe with preschoolers, it's important to provide them with some reminders to ensure their safety and the smooth execution of the activity. Here are some key reminders to give preschoolers:
Start by ensuring your oven is preheating to 350 degrees. Have your preschoolers assist you with spraying the muffin tin with baking spray
Mix 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon into a bowl.
*Teacher tip: if you're making this recipe with your class I suggest splitting into two groups if you have a larger class and then for smaller groups give everyone a task.
Give everyone a turn with the whisk because there is no harm in too much mixing during this recipe.
Next, make sure the biscuits are cut into four triangles. Depending on the skill level of your preschoolers, you can either have them watch you complete this step, or give them a plastic knife to cut themselves.
Again, this is totally a comfort level as the parent and teacher.
Have your preschoolers take each triangle and roll it in the sugar-cinnamon mixture to coat it evenly. Place the coated dough aside on a plate or baking sheet. It's helpful to demonstrate what an evenly coated piece of dough looks like!
Now it's time to assemble the monkey bread!
You'll place four triangles inside each muffin tin. This step encourages your preschoolers to take their time counting!
After the tins are filled up, set the timer for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on the oven while your preschoolers enjoy watching the bread rise and bake! Be sure to check around 10 minutes, depending on your oven this recipe takes between 10-15 minutes.
When the monkey bread is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a few minutes. The bread will be extremely hot, so be cautious while handling it. Once it has cooled slightly, use a butter knife to gently loosen the bread from the edges of the muffin tin or baking dish.
By following this simple recipe, you and your little ones can create a delightful treat that will surely bring smiles to everyone's faces. So gather your ingredients, get your preschoolers involved, and have a blast in the kitchen!
Don't forget to pair this recipe with your Zoo Animal theme and your favorite book about monkeys!
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