Play Dough Cup Cakes

Creating play dough cupcakes was one of the beautiful ways that we celebrated a child who was in care on her birthday. This invitation to create was set up for her upon her arrival and was such a fun way to celebrate.

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Straight away the children ran up to the play dough cupcakes to check out if they were real or not! The brown play dough was our chocolate play dough recipe and smelt delicious!! The pink play dough was scented with strawberry essence and coloured with red food dye, and the white play dough was scented with vanilla essence. The whole table smelt divine!!

I added a bowl of rainbow rice to use as sprinkles and a few unused candles along with patty pans. The children soon began making their own cupcakes, singing Happy Birthday over and over again to each other and had smiles on their faces the whole time. I think their favourite part was actually the rainbow rice sprinkles!

Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 1 - Children have a strong sense of identity

1.4 - Children learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy and respect.

This Activity is for:

  • Children having birthdays or interested in playing games involving birthdays in general

  • Children interested in using and cooking in the play kitchen

Encourage children to:

  • Roll balls with their hands

  • Use a rolling pin to flatten the ‘icing’

  • Create different types of ‘icing’ and decorations

  • Count birthday candles

  • Take turns

Extend on this by:

  • Using in a Bakery dramatic play set up

  • Extend the birthday party play by creating invitations, decorating the space and inviting guests (or toys)

  • Match candles to peoples ages (or pretend ages)

Simplify this by:

  • Skipping the ‘icing’ part of the cup cake making

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