“It’s baking day, It’s baking day, It’s baking day at grandmas!”
If your child is part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library then you’ve probably heard these words before.
This is from Baking Day at Grandma’s by Anika Denise. This is one of my daughter’s favorite books right now so we decided to make a baking activity.
She’s also been really into helping us cook lately so I knew she would love this idea.
For this activity, you are going to make a mini bakery, and odds are, you probably have all the “ingredients” at home already.
- Shaving Cream
- Food Coloring
- A butter knife or something to spread with
- Decorations for cookies
Shaving Cream Activity for Kids
First, you need to cut out circles from your cardboard, these will be your cookies.
Next, it’s time to make your frosting. Portion out your shaving cream and then make whatever colors you want. For our activity, we did green and blue because that is what my daughter chose.
If you are wanting to use something a little more edible then you could use cool whip for this activity instead.
Then you want to gather some sprinkles or other decorations for the cookies. I cut up pipe cleaners to make sprinkles.
You could also use glitter, pom poms, cut up construction paper, or really any craft material.
I decided to use a cookie sheet to make it seem more real and to help contain some of the mess.
Then just let your child have at it! My daughter used a plastic butter knife but you could also let them use a rubber spatula or spoon.
Dramatic Play for Preschool
This would make a great dramatic play activity for little ones. You could use a smaller baking sheet that would fit in a play kitchen or on a play table.
This would allow the child to use their imagination and play bakery or restaurant.
This would also encourage language development as they use their words to play their game.
My daughter loved making cookies and then asking me to try them.
She would then take them back and add more sprinkles and then ask me to try them again.
It was a fun little game for her and we will definitely be doing this activity again!
You could also Cut out a square or a couple of larger circles and have your child make a cake instead of cookies.
This would be fun to decorate and they could even use toy figurines to decorate like a cake from the store.
Use your imagination to make different fun pretend baking scenarios for your child.