how to make fairy bread

January 20, 2010

Happy Birthday, Everywhereby Arlene Erlbach, Illustrated by Sharon Lane Holm

I mentioned this book last week in my birthday book list, but I wanted to share an activity we did to give you an idea of what you will find inside.

As I mentioned earlier, this book details various birthday traditions from countries around the world. Each country featured has a couple paragraphs about how birthdays are celebrated in that country and then directions for one typical birthday activity from that country.

I also like that each page contains a world map that highlights the featured country. Juliet had fun pointing out where each country was located on the map. It also shares the traditional birthday greeting in each country's official language.

We followed the directions for "How to Make Fairy Bread" listed in the Australia section. It explains, "The children eat something called Fairy Bread. This popular snack is buttered bread covered with tiny, round, colored sugar sprinkles that are known as nonpareils."

I set out the ingredients, bread, butter, and left over cupcake sprinkles from her birthday part.

And Juliet proceeded to butter her bread,

dump all the sprinkles on it,

(I cut them into triangles.)

and then take two bites from the tips of two triangle sections before running off to find something else to do!

So, maybe the fairy bread wasn't such a big hit when it came to eating it, but she sure had fun making it!

We found this book in the nonfiction section of the library, a place I don't frequent regularly, but every time I do, I am reminded of what a great resource it is. There are so many undiscovered (to me, at least) gems just waiting on the shelves. Have you checked out the non fiction section lately? Found any good titles to share?


Zoe @ Playing by the book said...

Hi Vanessa

This made me smile :-) "Fairy Bread" is a pretty common everyday breakfast in the Netherlands, but there it's called Hagelslag (which translates as something like hail-rain, or rained hail). You can buy little boxes of all sorts of sprinkles specifically for this in the supermarket. Then there's a variant of this that you offer to friends/family/colleagues/classmates when a baby is born in your family - a type of sprinkle with an aniseedy flavour, which you put on buttered french toast. The special name for this is Muisjes ("Little Mice" - goodness know why!). This is a tradition we've maintained (tho not the hagelslag for breakfast)

Ana said...


We have fairy bread pretty, just like Zoe... Today E-P and I played Fairy-pretend, I made vine garlands with little jasmine flowers, she loved it!

carly@LearningParade said...

I really like the sound of this birthday picture book, I'll tell my friend about it as she teaches all about birthdays with her class of 4 - 5 year olds :) Thank you!

Elise said...

I like the sound of this book. I enjoy exposing my children to books that teach them about other parts of the world.

As an Aussie, I can certainly vouch for the fact that fairy bread is a popular food at children's birthday parties. They are usually made with hundred and thousands (coloured sprinkles). said...

Oh how I heart fairy bread. Like Elise said, it's very popular for Aussie birthday parties and are usually made with 'hundreds & thousands', the little round non-pareils in a variety of colors. Since living in the U.S. I've started cutting out bread with cookie cutters and only using hundreds & thousands in the appropriate color ... ie for holiday's such as Valentine's Day, Christmas etc. The kids love it as a special treat.

vanessa said...

Thanks to Zoe, Elise, and Tonya for giving me some authentic tips about fairy bread! I think I will try using cookie cutters next time to make fun shapes for juliet to butter and shower with sprinkles. Such a great treat.

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