Pretend Baking for Toddlers


Use shaving foam and waterbeads to mix up some pretend cakes in this messy toddler pretend play activity.
toddler baking activity using shaving foam and waterbeads

 The weather is definitely on the turn over here now. The temperatures are starting to drop and the level of rainfall is increasing (our garden is a mass of huge muddy puddles right now!). Hence we have been indoors a good bit more than we’ve been used to of late. My daughter has been doing lots of colouring, chalking and painting this week whilst her big brothers have been off at school. We did some “Pretend Baking” the other day using water beads and shaving foam in place of the more traditional flour, butter, sugar and eggs to make some very special cupcakes. These are a lot better for your teeth as well. This has been another hot issue with us this week, as I had to take my eldest son for two fillings at the dentist.

We re-used the pink and purple waterbeads that had been used earlier in the week for We’re going on a P Hunt. Waterbeads can be used several times over for different activities. They just need to be stored in a container with a little water to help them retain their shape. If you don’t store them in water they will eventually dry out and shrink back down to their original state.

Here’s what we did:

  1. My toddler scooped the waterbeads out of a plastic container using a small
    cup and added them into a mixing bowl.
  1. I then helped her to squirt in lots of shaving foam.
  2. She then mixed them together using a wooden spoon.
  3. I then showed her how to use two spoons to transfer the mixture into the individual holes of a bun tin .She did really well with this and had quite a good aim. She kept going until all of the mixture was used up.
  4. I had poured some glitter into a dish earlier and she used her fingers to sprinkle this over the buns.
  5. She then added in “candles” which I had prepared earlier by cutting up some pipe-cleaners.

We then started to sing “Happy Birthday to you…” and pretended to blow out the candles on the buns. My daughter didn’t sing the traditional verse though, she preferred her brother’s version, “Happy Birthday to you, you’re a 102!” They may come to regret teaching her this though as they both have birthdays coming up. I don’t think they will be impressed if she sings this version to them in front of all of their friends.

Please take care when doing this activity that your child does not put any of the ingredients into their mouth as none of them are edible. Younger children in particular will need close super vision.

Here are some other great activities you could re-use your waterbeads for again:


Add them to a Wtiches Bubbling Brew

Use them in a number or letter sensory bin

Play and experiment with them


What activities have you enjoyed using water beads?


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23 thoughts on “Pretend Baking for Toddlers”

  1. I like the idea of this. I need to get hold of some water beads especially-my two would love them for different reasons and I think they could provide a lot of fun. Another one for the Christmas list I think 🙂

  2. I know a little boy that would love this! He loves to help his mommy in the kitchen!

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