Use shaving foam and waterbeads to mix up some pretend cakes in this messy toddler pretend play activity.
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:
- My toddler scooped the waterbeads out of a plastic container using a small
cup and added them into a mixing bowl.
- I then helped her to squirt in lots of shaving foam.
- She then mixed them together using a wooden spoon.
- 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.
- I had poured some glitter into a dish earlier and she used her fingers to sprinkle this over the buns.
- 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
What activities have you enjoyed using water beads?
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23 thoughts on “Pretend Baking for Toddlers”
This is SO gorgeous. Grace used to do pretend baking with playdoh but I love this idea so much more. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x
Thanks Victoria, we had great fun with this and i m sure we will be doing it again! My boys love to pretend bake with playdoh as well!
My son loves to play cafe and we would prepare food for his cafe with random things! This is a great crafting idea =) #pocolo
My kids love to play cafes as well and this is just a new way for them to play a much loved activity.
Everything is better with glitter 😉
Looks like lots of fun!
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 🙂
We purchased our waterbeads on amazon and they have proved to be a very worthwhile investment as we have made so many fun activities with them.
Great idea, I love that and it looks like a lot of fun.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids
Thanks Karen it was great fun and i can't wait to do it again when i can get the boys involved as well.
This is such a great idea, my little girl would love it! #LetKidsBeKids
Thanks Sarah. I hope you get chance to do this with your little girl as well and that she has as much fun with it!
Lovely ideas! My kids would love to play with it too! Thank you for sharing it with us #Pintorials
You are totally convincing me on the water beads front at the moment, might have to go and have a tiny look at amazon… 🙂
You won t regret the investment we have had so much fun with ours!
I know a little boy that would love this! He loves to help his mommy in the kitchen!
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