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Cupcake Training: Set Up a Preschool Icing Activity

Now that Eva is really getting into cooking, I try to leave food as unfinished as possible when we have enough time for her to explore. For this activity, we had made a batch of cupcakes together but I left them unfrosted and let her do the honors herself. I provided a divided plate with chocolate buttercream frosting, marshmallows, and crushed graham crackers and gave her four cupcakes to decorate with her little spreader knife (theoretically one for each family member’s dessert).

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Now, if any of you are cringing, I will admit that this was a messy activity and it involved a lot of eating frosting right off the knife and then using the freshly-licked knife to decorate family cupcakes. I will also admit that Kyle and I trashed our cupcakes quietly in favor of ones that had not been licked. That being said, she did a good job and learned a lot about how gentle you need to be when frosting and how too much frosting isn’t a great idea. We’ll do this one again soon!

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