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For Kids: Playing Cupcake Baker

April 1, 2009

From the Parents.com website.

This is simple playdough activity with a theme – playing cupcakery!

You will need:
For the dough:
1 cups of flour
2 cups of oats
1 cup of water
A bowl and wooden spoon

For play:
Playdough tools like blunt knives, cookie cutters, rolling pin
Paper patty pans
Cheap colored cake decorations like sprinkles, quins, candy cupcake decorations
Scraps of paper
Cardboard boxes of various sizes

Also uselful: paper plates, paper doilies, cake plates, tea sets

This is a safe recipe. It’s simple and safe enough for even a preschooler to make, as it doesn’t need heating or contain any salt. Unfortunately, it doesn’t keep very long, and becomes wet and soggy after an afternoon, but it’s cheaper and more fun than store bought playdough.

In a large bowl your child can add all the ingredients and mix them all together, just like a real baker. You may need to give it a good final mix and add either a little more water or flour at the end depending on the consistency. Turn it out on a table top or bench and you or your child can give it a good knead to bring it all together.

Once you have a nice lump of playdough (it won’t be smooth but shaggy and lumpy due to the oats) encourage the kids to make pretend cupcakes, bread, pastries or whatever takes their fancy. Cake decorations seem to be a big hit in all of this although quite a lot seem to get eaten. Use a largish cardboard box as a pretend oven for cooking batches of goods, and then display them on tea set plates, cake plates and doilies on shelves made of other boxes. The scraps of paper can be turned into price tags and money for great retail role-playing.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. The Blonde Duck permalink
    April 2, 2009 5:04 pm

    I’m so glad you didn’t say to bake and eat them! Whew!

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