If it's Easter, it must be time for egg hunts. But we have to admit, most kids would rather take a bite out of a yummy cupcake than a hard-boiled egg. Give your kid just what his sweet tooth craves with a baking activity that features a surprising finale.
What You Need:
- Cake mix
- Measuring cups
- Vegetable oil
- Cupcake pan
- Cupcake liners
- Oven mitt
- Plastic zip-top baggie
- 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 filling it with cupcake liners.
- Let him use a spoon to fill each liner with batter. Make sure the liners are filled ⅔ of the way up with batter.
- 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 use 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.
- Fill the plastic baggie with frosting, zip it up, and snip off just a tiny bit of one of the corners. Your child will use this baggie to write an Easter message on the cupcakes.
- Have him think of a fun Easter message that will amuse friends and family, and help him use the frosting baggie to write out a single word on the top of each of the cupcakes.
- When Easter arrives, having him arrange the cupcakes to spell out his Easter message.
- Dig in to the sugary deliciousness!
For a bigger group, make more cupcakes! Just make sure you have enough cupcakes and letters to spell out each child's name.