Kids imitate. When I make bread from scratch, my 5-year-old mixes her own dough from a scoop of white flour and water. I add a little yeast and salt. She mushes it around a bunch, puts it in a baggie in the fridge, gets it out the next day and bakes it. Instant snack.
After several days of this, my 8-year-old wanted to make a bread, too. She’s old enough for a recipe, so I gave her the easiest, most rewarding basic bread recipe ever, the No Knead Bread recipe Mark Bittman popularized in the New York Times.
This is her loaf. I did the part involving the super hot pot in the oven, but the dough was all hers. Success!