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Play Dough Cup Cake Party


One cold and frosty morning Pebble and I stayed in our PJs (surprise, surprise!) and played play dough. That’s a pretty normal morning, but this time we made our own cup cake birthday party.

It all started with an invitation to play:




I had no plans for the direction this play would take, I just put out the craft materials and followed Pebble’s lead.

“Let’s make cup cakes!” she said. So we did.

Pebble made a few cup cakes, with different colours and decorations. She chatted away about the rainbow cup cakes that we made together recently, connecting her real life experience with her play.

I joined in, responding to her chatter, and making my own little critter while I was there (who can resist play dough!?).

Of course, if you’ve got cup cakes, you’ve got to sing happy birthday, right?

First we sang to Pebble, then we sang to Mummy, then we sang to the little critter that I had made.





This was a lovely little play scene that captured Pebble’s imagination and creativity.

I’m no expert on invitations to play, but if you’d like to learn more about how to do it yourself you can check out these super play peeps:

Creating Invitations to Play (The Imagination Tree)

Elements for Creating Play Scenes and Invitation’s to Play (Childhood 101)

Invitations to Play (Teach Preschool)

LOTS of examples of play invitations (Learn with Play at Home)

Have you played today?


  1. Those cupcakes look so inviting! U’ll go and check out the invitation to play concept now!
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  2. Those cupcakes are fabulous. My daughter absolutely loves craft and ever since she was a tot we’ve been creating wild and colorful objects that bring us both hours of warm fun … The only thing is knowing where to store them … I put my foot down at the toddler sized truck.
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    • Art storage is a little bit of a problem isn’t it. I really should write a post about that sometime! I’ll add it to the list :)

  3. What a good idea! I’d never contempleted making cupcakes with playdough but i think the girls would still love to do it, even if they are nearly 6!

    I might give it a go, next time we have a rainy day!


  4. I love this idea. So simply and so fun. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Using ear buds for candles!
    Thanks for the idea :)
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  6. Love how this activity was child-led. I really need to let that happen more at our house.

    I must say your little one is very creative. You guys must make cupcakes a lot!

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