Playing bakery


This is simple playdough activity with a theme – playing bakery!

You will need:
For the dough:
1 cups of flour
2 cups of oats
1 cup of water
A bowl and wooden spoon

For play:
Playdough tools (blunt knives, cookie cutters, rolling pin etc)
Paper patty pans
Cheap coloured cake decorations (sprinkles, hundreds ‘n’ thousands, etc)
Scraps of paper
Cardboard boxes of various sizes

You could also use paper plates, paper doilies, cake plates, tea sets and so on to add to the fun and chaos.

Firstly, this playdough recipe is simple and safe enough for even a preschooler to make, as it doesn’t need heating or contain any salt. Unfortunately, it doesn’t keep very long, and becomes wet and soggy after an afternoon, but it’s so much fun to use as an alternative to the smooth, super-coloured playdough that it’s quite worth it.

In a large bowl you child can add all the ingredients and mix them all together, just like a real baker. You may need to give it a good final mix and add either a little more water or flour at the end depending on the consistency. Turn it out on a table top or bench and you or your child can give it a good knead to bring it all together.

Once you have a nice lump of playdough (it won’t be smooth but shaggy and lumpy due to the oats) encourage the kids to make pretend cupcakes, bread, pastries or whatever takes their fancy. Cake decorations seem to be a big hit in all of this although quite a lot seem to get eaten. Use a largish cardboard box as a pretend oven for cooking batches of goods, and then display them on tea set plates, cake plates and doilies on shelves made of other boxes. The scraps of paper can be turned into price tags and money for great retail role-playing. I placed an order for 14 elaborately decorated cupcakes which kept AJ occupied for a good hour. After a while things (as usual) get more creative and more messy but it’s all part of the fun.

2 Responses to “Playing bakery”

  1. Aoife

    We are currently having much fun with this idea. I have two bakers (a three and a one year old). We had actually run out of sprinkles having used them up during the week so we raided the cupboard for other toppings – green lentils, rice and pasta are proving popular – especially fusilli candles for the obligatory birthday cake creation.

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