Preschool/Kindergarten Activity
Discover breads that nourish people and families all over the world
Flat Bread
Materials/Equipment Needed:
  • Mixing bowl
  • Dry and liquid measuring cups
  • Mixing spoon
  • Flat bread ingredients (flour, cornmeal, salt, water-opt. grated cheese or jelly)
  • Electric skillet or griddle; vegetable oil to grease surface
  • Extension cord if needed
  • Pancake turner, hot pads
  • Vinyl tablecloth for table cover
Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • Optional: shredded cheese or honey
Instructions:
  1. Mix flour, cornmeal, water and salt in a bowl.
  2. On lightly floured surface, knead dough a few strokes until smooth.
  3. Cover dough and let rest 5 minutes.
  4. Divided dough into 8 to 16 equal pieces.
  5. Using rolling pin or hands flatten into circles about 1/8 inch thick.
  6. Spray a griddle or pan lightly with cooking spray; heat on medium high heat.
  7. Fry breads until light golden and speckled, turning once.
  8. Stack between cloth towel to keep warm. Enjoy plain or with cheese or honey.

Source: Native Americans, Creative Teaching Press/Kansas Wheat Commission Test Kitchen

BOOKS FOR READING TOGETHER:
  • American Indian Cooking Before 1500. Mary Gunderson. 2001.
  • Bread, Bread, Bread. Ann Morris and Ken Heyman. 1993. (Also available as a Reading Rainbow video at some public libraries.)
  • Children of the Earth and Sky. Stephen Krensky. 1996.
  • Prairie Day. Adapted from The Little House Books. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1997.
BAKE FOR FAMILY FUN EXPLORATION:
  1. What food group is Flat Bread in? (Grain group)
  2. Who might have made flat bread in this country? (Native Americans, settlers, pioneers, hunters
  3. How many pieces of flat bread did we get one recipe? (10-12)
  4. Why do children need 9 servings of grain foods everyday? (Bodies and brains need energy to work. Bread gives us the energy to work right plus vitamins, minerals and fiber the body needs.)
  5. Does everyone eat the same kind of bread? Why not?
  6. Can you name some different kinds of bread? Are there some that are special in your family?
  7. Native Americans might have eaten flat breads made with other ingredients. Wheat was not grown in America until after the explorers came here. Can you name some seeds and nuts they might have ground and used in their bread? (sunflower, pine, acorns, walnuts)