Today our dinner needed a little pick-me-up, and so did my preschooler. Make-Your-Own Salads were on the menu. The kids like salad, but I needed something to make it a “full” dinner the family might be excited about. Bean also needed something to do. Something tactile and messy. It was the perfect opportunity to make breadsticks.

The recipe is easy, and I’m bound to have most of the ingredients on hand at any given time.

I mixed the dough in my Kitchen Aid while practicing spelling and timing arithmetic tests with my older kids. Fifteen minutes later, and I was ready to roll with Bean. He knows the drill. He gets his own portion of dough and his mini rolling pin. He also gets to eat what he makes (though sometimes he will just play with it for a very long time).

We rolled and twisted, and after 15-20 minutes in my oven, our salad dinner was spruced up and delicious.

Two birds with one . . . dough.

Author Kylee Smith

Kylee is the mom of four amazing kids and provides entertainment design and innovation services at Playful Ventures.

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