Baking with Kids: 3 Themed Learning Activities

These “Baking with Kids” activities are from our special guest blogger Genny Upton (In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play.)

My kids love helping in the kitchen, and it is such a great way to incorporate learning into everyday life! This week we baked blueberry banana muffins. Then we took the learning further with some extension activities: a messy play activity in the sandbox, and a writing activity where the kids made books. I hope your kids enjoy Blueberry Banana Muffins: Baking & Book Making as much as mine did!

1) Baking Blueberry Banana Muffins

First, the kids and I started by baking blueberry banana muffins.

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We used this recipe. For filling we used one sliced banana and a half cup of thawed blueberries. The kids helped to measure, pour, cut, mix, and, of course, eat the muffins when they were done!

2) Blueberry Banana Muffin Play – in the Sandbox!

After our bellies were full of warm muffins, we headed out to the sandbox. I set it up with the Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake set, the wooden mixing spoon from the Play Kitchen Accessory Set, a mixing bowl, a measuring cup and spoon, and a water bucket. I also included some round blue marbles for blueberries and some yellow decorative gems for banana slices.

sand box

The kids had a blast pretending to mix up another batch of muffins all on their own! I loved hearing them repeat phrases I had used when we were baking.

sand muffins feature

This pretend play activity incorporated sensory play, fine motor practice, and a way for the kids to summarize through play the real baking activity we had just done. They LOVED this activity so much, we left the sandbox set up so they can repeat it.

3) Writing Blueberry Banana Muffin Books

When the kids finally tired of pretend muffins, we headed indoors to make books! I cut sheets of paper in half and then folded them. I explained to the kids we were going to write the steps to make muffins so that someone who had never made muffins would know how. I asked first for a title, and let the children write their own names on the covers. Then I wrote the steps the children told me were needed to make muffins.

book making

If your children are old enough, they can write for themselves; otherwise, you can have the child tell you what they want written and you write it down. You can provide guidance in helping them form their thoughts as needed, but the goal is for the work to be their own.


The children illustrated each page with colored pencils. My oldest is in the process of learning his ordinal numbers, so I guided him to start each step with first, second, third, and so on.

When the books were finished, I wrote “The End” on the last page and stapled them together. The kids were excited to “read” their books!

You can do this baking & book making activity with any recipe!  It is a great homeschool activity because it incorporates so many facets of learning, and it does it all in a really fun way!



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Genny Upton is the author of In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. She is a former teacher who shares activities she does with her own two children at home. Visit Genny today at and, on Facebook at In Lieu of Preschool or Parent Teach Play, and on Google+. Don’t miss her family-friendly Pinterest boards!



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  1. I completely love this activity. I didn’t realize Melissa & Doug had a sand cupcake set. I need to add it to our list. My 2-year old has been loving pretend play with food and he adores anything to do with sand or dirt so this activity is perfect.

  2. I love the pretend play muffins. Such a great idea to include marbles and gems for the fruit!

  3. Recording the project in journal is such a great idea! What a wonderful activity for playing and learning.

  4. Muffin tins in the sandbox, my kids would love that! 3 fun projects that are great for learning and playing. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a great idea to add the glass marbles for blueberries and bananas! I love the idea of doing it in the kitchen and then going to play it in the sandbox.

  6. I love that you managed to incorporate writing and ordinal numbers in there along with the cooking and creative play! Nice job Mama!

  7. I love the idea of writing a book about a cooking activity — math, writing, art, creativity all in one place.

  8. Love Love Love this!!! What a wonderful approach with three activities!! I just pinned it 🙂

  9. Love this!


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