You don’t have to wait for a birthday for the fun to begin. This birthday cake sensory bin allows for a party anytime!
Kids will love to pretend they are baking and decorating. The birthday theme is also a lot of fun. Who doesn’t love a birthday?!
Birthday cake sensory bin:
- 1/2 cup of shampoo
- 2 Tablespoons of water
- 1 cup of flour
- silicone cupcake molds, small cake pans, muffin tins, and small dishes for forming “cakes”
- washi tape
- small craft sticks (popsicle sticks)
- battery operated votive candle
- tissue paper in orange, yellow or red
- baking dish or a plastic bin with a lid
- optional: birthday cake scented candle or wax melt
Make the birthday cake dough:
- Add one cup of flour, 2 Tbsp. of water and 1/2 cup of shampoo to a medium bowl.
- Stir. As the ingredients start to bind together, finishing mixing with your hands.
- If the dough feels sticky, you will add a little more flour, no more than 1/4 cup.
- Test the dough for stickiness. If it is still sticky, add a little more flour and continue to mix until it doesn’t stick to your hands.
Make pretend candles:
- You will need a length of washi tape that can cover a craft stick on both sides.
- Allow the tape to slightly overlap the craft stick and place small squares of tissue paper on the top of the stick. You can layer orange and yellow tissue paper to resemble a flame.
- Fold the tape up to cover the other side of the craft stick and secure the tissue paper.
- Trim the edges of the tape on the sides of the craft stick using scissors.
- Cut the tissue paper to resemble a flame.
- You can use the play candles for other activities as well.
Assemble the birthday cake activity bin:
- Pour a bottle of sprinkles in the bottom of the dish or storage container you plan to use.
- Add the birthday cake dough.
- Place small dishes like play food dishes, silicone cupcake molds, and small baking dishes in the bin.
- Add the fake candles and a battery operated votive candle.
Sensory play benefits of this bin:
Invite your child to explore the sensory activity. They can form mini cakes or cupcakes, decorate them with sprinkles and add candles to serve birthday cake.
This is imaginative play at its finest. Children will also benefit from the sensory experiences. The squeezing together of the dough provides proprioceptive feedback. They will also be receiving visual and tactile sensory input. If you add the optional scented candle or wax melt, they will also be engaging their olfactory sensory system.
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