If it's Easter, it must be time for egg hunts -- but most kids would rather take a bite out of a yummy cupcake than a dyed hard boiled egg. Give your kindergartener just what his sweet tooth craves with a baking activity that leads to a delicious spelling exercise as well.
What You Need:
- Cake mix
- Measuring cups
- Vegetable oil
- Cupcake pan
- Cupcake liners
- Oven mitt
- Food coloring
What You Do:
- Preheat your oven to the temperature indicated on the cake mix box.
- Help your child follow the cake mix instructions to make the cupcake batter. Have him mix the eggs, water, vegetable oil and cake mix in the large bowl.
- Have him prepare the cupcake pan by putting in the cupcake liners.
- Let him use a spoon to fill each liner with batter. Make sure the batter fills about 2/3 of the liner.
- Carefully place the cupcake pan into the oven. Bake for the amount of time indicated on the box.
- Pull the pan out with an oven mitt and set aside to cool.
- Let your child experiment with frosting and food coloring. The colored frosting will be the backdrop for his easter cupcake masterpieces.
- Help your child us a spoon to scoop out the center of each cupcake.
- Have him place a small candy in the empty space.
- Let him use a knife to spread his colored frosting on the cupcakes.
- To put a twist on the classic Easter egg hunt, use candy to spell out a single letter on the top of each cupcake.
- When Easter finally arrives, hide the cupcakes in different locations throughout your house or back yard.
- Challenge your child to find the cupcakes that spell out his name. He can't eat his yummy treat until he finds his whole name.
For a bigger group, make more cupcakes! Just make sure you have enough cupcakes and letters to spell out each child's name.