Yogurt-Cup Cake


This hands-on recipe for kids doesn’t just contain the yogurt of your choice (we used coconut milk from So Delicious); the yogurt container itself becomes a foolproof measuring cup!

First, let your child spoon 1 (5.3-ounce) container of plain non-dairy yogurt into a large mixing bowl.  Clean out the yogurt cup and dry completely.

Next, your child can add the following: 2 “yogurt cups” of all-purpose flour, 1 “yogurt cup” of canola oil, and 1 and 1/2 “yogurt cups” of sugar. This recipe is very forgiving, so your child’s measurements don’t need to be precise, just ballpark.


Travis was extremely proud to be in charge of the yogurt cup, and continued to play with it even after the baking was done!


If baking with a toddler, adults can add the following ingredients: 2 vegan eggs (prepared from Ener-G egg replacer or flaxseed), 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Preschoolers will be able to help with these smaller ingredients, too! Now let your child mix it all together.

Pour the batter into a greased 10-inch round cake pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes – the top of the cake should be golden and a pick inserted in the center should come out clean.

Let cool before serving.


Yarn Sculpture and Squiggles

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Yarn is a great 3-D medium for toddlers’ art, lending itself to a variety of projects. To wit, Travis and I had fun with these two activities on a recent morning.

To make a yarn sculpture, give your child a shallow dish of glue and pieces of brightly colored yarn. Drag the yarn through the glue and arrange any which way on waxed paper. Travis wanted to use a paintbrush to apply some of the glue as well, and was very excited when his “sculpture” momentarily adhered to the brush.

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Let the glue dry completely before removing the yarn from the waxed paper. The resulting creation could make a great mobile or decoration in your child’s room!

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Less permanent but equally fun is setting up a yarn “easel”. Glue sandpaper to a sturdy piece of construction paper and let dry, then give your child short pieces of string to arrange as artwork on the surface – the sandpaper will grip the yarn to help it stay in place.

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It took a few demonstrations before Travis got excited about the idea, but then he returned to his sandpaper “easel” a few times throughout the afternoon.

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His favorite was telling me that he’d made an ant!

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What other yarn projects have you and your child made? Please share in the comments!