It is amazing how simple a freshly baked loaf of bread is.
As a catechist for the Catechisis of the Good Shepherd, I am reminded of the parable of the leaven which we present to children as young as 3. "The kingdom of God is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened."
How is the kingdom of God like yeast? What happens to it when it is mixed with flour and a little water? It grows! It changes the lump of dough into a loaf of bread. With a little care it grows and becomes something so wonderful and simple.
My children love the way the dough rises. They especially love the smell of the bread as it is baking. When it comes out it is so wonderful! Potato and Bitty had so much fun "knocking" on these loaves, to hear that special sound it makes when it is done. Bread is such a simple thing, yet so full of comfort and wonder.