History of Bread

The History of Bread

Bread has been around for almost as long as humans. There are two videos to choose from to learn about the history of bread.

The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!

You will see three other videos that are a deeper dive into this history. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project.

Take A Deeper Dive!

How Does Yeast Work?


Make Bread in a Bag

Download the recipe from delish.com.

Watch the video for further instruction and get started.

Gather the ingredients and bake your bread. 

Take a picture of your bread and upload it to your portfolio.

Make Friendship Bread

Note: This activity takes more than a week.

This bread makes its yeast and grows so big that you will have plenty to share with friends. Once you have grown the starter from the first video for 10 days, you will be able to make the bread from the second video. 

Print this recipe from FriendshipBreadKitchen.com for the starter. Watch the first video for a visual of what to do. Then gather your ingredients and get started. 

After ten days, print this recipe, also from FriendshipBreadKitchen.com, to make the bread. Watch the second video to see how to make the bread with your original starter. 

Make a recording of your creation and upload it to your portfolio.


Experiment with Different Flatbread Recipes

Make your own flatbread, like early breadmakers. This recipe is as old as bread gets, but has been changed and added to in all sorts of ways, and in many different areas of the world. What other ingredients do you think might be helpful or tasty? What types of flatbreads are you familiar with at home?

This is your chance to experiment with different combinations. You may want to try different types of flour, or different amounts of water to see which combinations suit your favorite taste.

What you need:

  • Flour (wheat, rye, spelt; white or whole; you could even try corn (maize) flour/masa harina)
  • Water (you could also try replacing some or all of the water with oil, yoghurt or other edible liquid)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Hot cast iron pan or griddle

Keep track of your recipes and the results of each one. Share your discoveries in your portfolio.

Advanced Project

Contribute to a Science of Sourdough Project

The NC State Rob Dunn Lab is asking for your help. “[They] will guide you through creating a “wild” sourdough starter using only water and flour following a ten-day protocol. If you are curious (and a little ambitious), [they] are hoping to recruit some folks who want to make more than one starter using different flour types or using the same flour type but setting one outside and one inside your home.

Once you have made your starter [they] will ask you to observe it and record some observations about its aroma and how fast it rises. You will submit these data through a short online questionnaire.” 

Visit The Wild Sourdough Project for the full instructions and information. 

Record the data on this sheet from StudentsDiscover.org. 

Upload your data and an explanation of the project to your portfolio.


Read Aloud Book(s)

Bread, Bread, Bread

From Wheat to Bread