Flour Baby Lesson Plan

Instructor: Hilary Reeser

Hilary has a B.A. in History, M.Sci. in Psychology and has taught secondary Social Studies, English and AP Psychology over her 17 year teaching career.

In this lesson, students will care for a flour baby for one week. They will keep a journal of their experiences and reflect on their readiness to be a parent.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand the requirements of caring for a child.
  • Describe how their life would be different if their flour baby was a real child.
  • Describe their readiness to be a parent.


One week

Curriculum Standards

Please note that each state has different standards for Child Development & Life Skills. Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.

Materials Needed

  • One 5lb bag of flour for each student.
  • Plastic grocery bags or other material to cover flour baby (optional unless you want to prevent flour from tracking)
  • Notebook paper
  • Optional: Other materials to decorate flour baby can be provided by students such as blankets, clothing, pacifiers and other ways to make their flour bag look more human.


  1. Begin by asking every student to write down three specific ways their life would change if they were to be a parent tomorrow.
  2. Review with students child development topics that they will be exposed to from class lectures or their textbook.
  3. Check for understanding with a quiz on the reviewed material.

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