YC loves new activities so was thrilled to have a cupcake busy bag one to add to the rota. When I showed her it she literally kept asking to play every 2 minutes until I had finished my chores. We even got little BB involved. He of course being 5 months just lay there gurgling, but I am sure he enjoyed interacting with us.

Over the last couple of years I have made a few different versions of this; there is a monster, pizza and cookie one which can all be found here.

Make sure you follow my busy bag board on Pinterest for more ideas, and don’t forget to save the pin for later.

You will need:

  • Foam
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Mini bag to store it in

Cut out all the different pieces that you could need for your cupcakes. I made 5 different cakes (vanilla, chocolate, and red velvet), 6 different icings, and then lots of toppings like sprinkles, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, flowers, chocolate chips etc.

You could just leave it there, but I thought it would be a fun idea to make a little recipe card for some cupcakes. Each recipe had a cake, icing, and number of toppings. Of course they can just use their imaginations to make up their own ones, but this adds another layer to their play. Through this they can practice their reading and counting abilities.

YC and I took it in turns to pretend to come into each other’s shop and order something from the menu or ask for the “special”. She even added how much each would cost!

It was such a fun way to pass the afternoon. I cannot wait to take this on holiday with us and play it at the beach, while waiting for our food to arrive, or even on the plane.

Pin for later:

build your own cupcake busy bag with recipe cards to help with reading and number identification.

About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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