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Posted by Casey
In Dramatic Play, Fine Motor, Numeracy, Preschool, Toddlers on December 2, 2019

Play dough is one of our go-to activities for little learners of all ages. Not only is it a really exciting sensory activity, it’s also a fantastic way to develop fine motor skills and strengthen the muscles in our fingers.

This week I’d like to share one of my absolute favourite play dough activities which is always a huge hit whenever we set it up. It’s our favourite play dough cupcake invitation!

This play dough cupcake invitation is a fun, quick and easy idea for your no cook play dough! Inside this post, you’ll find my no cook, handmade play dough recipe as well as instructions for setting up this invitation to add to your play dough activities toolkit!

We looove making a fresh batch of play dough together. Not only is it a wonderful bonding experience, but it’s a great way to develop some early measurement understandings as we measure out the ingredients and mix them together. Below you’ll see my favourite non-cook play dough recipe which we have laminated on our fridge ready for play dough making time!

This play dough cupcake invitation is a fun, quick and easy idea for your no cook play dough! Inside this post, you’ll find my no cook, handmade play dough recipe as well as instructions for setting up this invitation to add to your play dough activities toolkit!

When I made the play dough for our cupcake invitation, I added some pink food dye to the water before I mixed it in. Once it had cooled down, I added it to a sectioned dip platter which I got from Spotlight but you can get them at your local dollar shop too. I added some silicone cupcake trays, a metal cupcake tin, some candles, beads and sequins.

I placed all of the materials into the platter and invited Lilly (who was about 2 years old at the time) to create her very own play dough cupcakes with the materials!

This play dough cupcake invitation is a fun, quick and easy idea for your no cook play dough! Inside this post, you’ll find my no cook, handmade play dough recipe as well as instructions for setting up this invitation to add to your play dough activities toolkit!

While creating her play dough cupcakes, I was able to explore some early numeracy concepts by counting the candles with her as she placed them into the play dough cupcakes. You could also do some counting on and early addition work – “How many candles do you have on the cake? Let’s add two more? How many do you have altogether?

We were also able to develop her fine motor skills and her pincer grip as she very carefully picked up each of the beads and placed them onto her play dough cupcakes.

This play dough cupcake invitation is a fun, quick and easy idea for your no cook play dough! Inside this post, you’ll find my no cook, handmade play dough recipe as well as instructions for setting up this invitation to add to your play dough activities toolkit!

You might even like to add a dice to the activity tray and encourage your little learner to roll the dice and add that many candles to their cupcakes. This would be a great way to begin developing the skill of subitising which is knowing how many without counting to check.

As you can see, this simple play dough invitation can develop so many different early learning skills all through play!

This play dough cupcake invitation is a fun, quick and easy idea for your no cook play dough! Inside this post, you’ll find my no cook, handmade play dough recipe as well as instructions for setting up this invitation to add to your play dough activities toolkit!

What’s your favourite way to use play dough with your little learners? Share it in the comments below!

About the author

Casey is an early years teacher turned stay at home mum to three little learners aged 6 and under. She is passionate about supporting parents that want to use play as a vehicle to bond with their little learners and create magical memories of childhood! You can follow Casey on Instagram right here.


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