So... Preschool... It’s a busy time learning the basics! The big ticket item right now? Learning how to write the alphabet. I happen to have a very active 4-year old boy that is having a hard time visualizing how the letters are created. After a very cool parent teacher conference, we came up with some great ideas on how to spark his interest in a way that he will retain the information in a fun learning lesson. I love our pre-school teachers for this - they suggested making letters out of dough!
I fully anticipated finding a recipe on Landolakes.com on how to make dough for breadsticks, but even more to my surprise - once again, they made my life easier! This Alphabet Breadsticks recipe uses the pre-made breadsticks! Check out how easy this project is to do! An added plus is that the breadsticks are a tasty side for a spaghetti dinner. Begin by preheating the oven to 375°F. Take the can of breadstick dough and separate the dough into 12 pieces - most brands have perforations to follow.
Then take each piece and roll into a "rope," about 12 inches long.
Form each rope into a letter of the alphabet, cutting and piecing the dough as needed. Pinch the dough together to seal the letter ‘joints" together.
Bryce helped to make the letter "B"!
He was very proud of himself!
But life with boys... I started to lose their interest....
So we made snakes! When in doubt, go for the "gross" and they stay focused just a little longer! Here is a picture of one of the snakes we made. We used 2 peppercorns as eyes.
To make these breadsticks extra tasty, take the contents of a dry salad dressing mix and empty onto a plate. We used a Caesar salad dressing mix.
Take 1/4 cup of butter...
…and melt it in the microwave.
To help the dry salad dressing mix "stick" to the breadsticks, brush each letter, or snake with butter like this:
Dip each letter into the salad dressing mix. If necessary use a fork and help spread some of the dry mix on top of the letters.
Place letters 3 inches apart onto a greased baking sheet. I covered mine with foil which made it extra easy clean-up after baking.
Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove the letters from your baking sheets, and let them cool on a wire rack.
Tyler, my kindergartner, is starting to learn how to read, so we also created some of his "sight" words for him to practice. Alphabet Breadsticks are such a fun recipe to do with kids of any age - I would have loved to have this when the boys were younger to practice making shapes. Don’t forget if you "like" this recipe - leave a comment and let me know!
Come back in a few days when Liz will share a bread recipe with the flavors of spring.
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