Play Dough Cupcake Shop

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With leftover play dough from a goodie bag, we decided to open up our own birthday cupcake shop this morning! All you need are cupcake wrappers, a few jeweled embellishments, and your imagination.

I shaped our play dough into cupcakes and added to the liners to get Travis started, after which he loved pressing in star beads and jeweled stickers from our craft bin as the “frosting.”

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Of course we needed to add a few candles for authenticity!

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After a while he wanted to bake his cupcakes, so I pulled out his play oven.

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When the cupcakes were finished, he decided they were for daddy, so that got to be dad’s morning surprise!

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What imaginative food play have you tried with your play dough? Please share in the comments!

Matzo Crunch Bites

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These three-ingredient bites are easy for kids to help make, kosher for Passover if you’re keeping kosher this week, and absolutely delicious.


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 and 1/2 pieces matzo
  • Powdered sugar for rolling (optional)

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    1. Combine the dates and almond butter in a food processor and process until mixed.
    2. Break the matzo into small pieces and add to the food processor; process until combined.
    3. Using your hands, roll the dough into 12 balls; roll in powdered sugar if desired for a sweet coating.
    4. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.