Cupcake Dough Preschool STEAM Activity

Explore baking with playdough while learning about nursery rhymes with this bright and colorful Cupcake Dough Preschool STEAM Activity. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it! 

collage of cupcake STEAM station images with text: Cupcake Dough STEAM StationToday we learned the nursery rhyme Pat-a-Cake and talked about baking cupcakes. We also did this awesome Cupcake Dough Preschool STEAM Activity! 

children making pretend cupcakes with playdough
This investigation station used basic items that we already had around the house to create a fun and inviting sensory activity for little kids. 

toddler pressing playdough into cupcake pan
Both of my kiddos had a blast rolling and patting and baking pretend cupcakes with play dough. This was a great activity for building problem solving and creative thinking skills and of course for encouraging the kiddos to work together to accomplish a task. 

She totally looks up to her big brother and wants to do everything that he does.

toddler making pretend cupcakes using playdough
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

preschooler making pretend cupcakes with playdough and cupcake pan
This month we were thrilled to receive one of the Little Goose Toddler Teacher Guidebooks too!

This is a rhyme about the steps to baking a cake. “Pat-a-cake” is a good rhyme to recite while demonstrating different cooking gestures. 

Cupcake Dough Investigation Station

Set Up

  • Set out play dough, cupcake liners, cupcake tins, birthday candles, buttons or other decorations.
  • Invite children to roll and pat pretend cupcakes then decorate them.
  • If desired, set out a box and encourage children to pretend it is an oven. 

Big Questions

  • What might you find in a bakery? 
  • When do people eat cupcakes? 
  • How do you make a cupcake? 
  • What happens if you put something in the oven for too long? 

This was a wonderfully open-ended investigation station that both of my little kids thoroughly enjoyed. Of course each of them are at very different stages.

toddler making pretend cupcakes with different colors of playdough
The little guy is a kindergartner this year. His fine motor skills are incredibly developed and he can mold play dough into intricate shapes as well as create elaborate pretend play scenarios.

toddler exploring cookie cutters and playdough
And then there’s baby girl. She’s just barely 18 months old. For her, the investigation stations are a way to explore new materials, strengthen her fine motor skills, and learn about everyday things. 

preschooler using rolling pin to make pretend cupcakes with playdough
I’m thrilled that this preschool curriculum gives us the ability to adjust things as needed! I love that it’s play-based and incredibly versatile. I wouldn’t trade it for anything! 

playdough in silicone cupcake liner
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Nursery Rhymes theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time). And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

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As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, I receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #preschool #homeschool #mgtblogger

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collage of preschool cupcake STEAM images with text: Cupcake Dough STEAM Station

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