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Food Play Activity: Let's Make a Cake

Food play is great for helping fussy eaters explore and learn about new foods. Our 10 Top Tips for Food Play may be helpful to read alongside this post.


Level: Easy - Medium


What you will need:

  • White plates or a white chopping board

  • Whole Ginger Biscuits

  • Three different coloured purees, yoghurts, or sauces

  • Any type of crisps

  • An old sock, puppet OR a whole orange

  • Black Marker (for the old sock or orange)

  • Icing bag (if required)

  • Spoons (if required)


The Activity:

  • Gather everything that you will need.

  • If you are using an old sock or an orange, help your child draw eyes, a nose and a mouth using the marker. Give your sock, puppet or orange a name (we will be using Mr. Wholly in this example).

  • It's Mr. Wholly's birthday and so we will be making him some little cakes.

  • Lay out some ginger biscuits on the white plates or a white chopping board. These will be the base of your cakes.

  • Show your child the different coloured purees, yoghurts, or sauces. These will be the icing for your cake. Model using your fingers to smooth the icing onto the biscuits. Let your child choose which colour they would like to use. If your child does not like touching wet foods, you can use the icing bag to put the 'icing' onto the biscuits.

  • Mr. Wholly would like to have sprinkles on his cake. Model crushing the crisps. You can crush them with your fists, fingers, teeth or even elbows. use your fingers to sprinkle the pieces onto the cake. Encourage your child to do the same. If your child does not want to touch the crisps, you can use a spoon to crush and sprinkle them onto the biscuits.

  • It is now time for Mr. Wholly to eat the cake. You can model eating it too!!


Written by: Savannah Senior and Hafsa Karim


Make a cake, food play

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