Play Dough Cakes for Counting Fun

Activity Items Needed

Play Dough Rolling Pin Cutters Muffin Tins Cellophane inserts from biscuit packets Paper cake cases Buttons Birthday cake candles

Activity Directions

Play alongside your child making cakes with the play dough, roll into balls in your hand or use a rolling pin and cutters. Place one paper cake case into each ‘hole’ in the tin or cellophane insert, counting out each one aloud. Do the same when adding your play dough cakes to each paper case. It’s important that children hear this one- to- one counting with objects. You can then make cherries with small bits of play dough or add buttons, or candles to the top of each cake, again counting each one aloud as you place it on top of the cake. When you and your child have finished, count each cake then affirm the final amount e.g. “we have made six cakes”. You can add some stretch and challenge by helping your child work out how many cakes are needed for family members and how many will be left, or how many more are needed.

Activity Tips

Play alongside your child making cakes with the play dough, roll into balls in your hand or use a rolling pin and cutters. Place one paper cake case into each ‘hole’ in the tin or cellophane insert, counting out each one aloud. Do the same when adding your play dough cakes to each paper case. It’s important that children hear this one- to- one counting with objects. You can then make cherries with small bits of play dough or add buttons, or candles to the top of each cake, again counting each one aloud as you place it on top of the cake. When you and your child have finished, count each cake then affirm the final amount e.g. “we have made six cakes”. You can add some stretch and challenge by helping your child work out how many cakes are needed for family members and how many will be left, or how many more are needed.