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Counting on Cupcakes

Updated on January 1, 2014

Learning Math with Wooden Play Food Cupcakes

We all know that Melissa and Doug offer exceptional wooden toys that our kids love so I just know you are going to love these beautifully crafted wooden cupcakes with the plastic frosting and dry-erase decorative markers. What you may not realize are all the ways that these cupcakes can be used to help your child understand mathematical concepts.

From counting cupcakes to writing number words, adding and subtracting to creating cupcake patterns, there is more to the Melissa and Doug Cupcakes than you can imagine.

So put on your hot mitt and take the cupcakes out of the oven . Let's start counting the cupcakes...

Photo Credit: Bake and Decorate Cupcake Set

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The Melissa and Doug's Cupcakes - High Quality Play Food from Melissa and Doug

The Melissa and Doug Cupcake set comes with four cupcakes, 4 cupcake paper liners, a cupcake tin which holds the four cupcakes, dry erase markers that look like tubes of frosting for writing on the 4 plastic frosting pieces that fit nicely on each wooden cupcake.

Children can practice counting to 4 as well as one to one correspondence as they place the cupcakes in the cupcake tin and add frosting to each top. As they get older they can add the number of cupcakes and the number of frosting tops to discover that 4+4=8.

With 4 sets of Cupcakes you can easily add pattern making, multiplication and division activities as well as fractions and ratios.

Melissa & Doug Bake and Decorate Wooden Cupcake Play Food Set
Melissa & Doug Bake and Decorate Wooden Cupcake Play Food Set

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Be sure your little chef uses the oven mitt to remove these 6 delectable-looking wooden cupcakes from their baking sheet. This special set has 4 dry erase markers shaped like icing tubes to decorate the smooth, wipe-off cupcake tops. With colorful baking cups and decorative wooden candles, these low-cal cupcakes will be the hit of birthday and tea parties!

 

Unpacking Melissa and Doug Wooden Cupcakes

Notice how large these cupcakes are. You can see that there is room to do lots of writing on the frosting. What a great place to create patterns. In fact, that is what math is all about, using numbers to describe patterns.

Let you child create pretty designs on each cupcake and then look for the patterns. Maybe there are five petals with dot in each one.. Count the petals. Now count the dots. 5 + 9 =10.

Cupcake Storage - Pop your cupcakes in the Oven

When you are ready to put your cupcakes away for the day, just pop them in the oven. I like this particular play kitchen because it matches the decor of my my house. The kids love pretending to bake cupcakes in the oven.

A+ Childsupply Toddler 3-in-1 Play Kitchen
A+ Childsupply Toddler 3-in-1 Play Kitchen

Product Features

* Stove-sink combination

* Generous storage area

* Rounded edges and corners, and no pinch door

* Made of durable plywood

* Moisture and stain resistant

 

Cupcake Writing

Children can write on the frosting

of their Wooden Cupcakes

With 4 sets of Cupcakes

you can easily add pattern making, multiplication and division activities as well as fractions and ratios.

Math with Play Food Cupcakes - Extra wooden cupcakes

I wonder if we could find good deals on multiple cupcake sets?

Wooden Cupcake Set - Wooden Cupcakes

Your children will delight in mixing and matching the icing on the tops of these wooden cupcakes by Melissa and Doug. They can count the cupcakes, match the tops using one to one correspondence and then practice their cursive by writing on the tops with special magic markers.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I want them! I'm not too old to play and learn.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fun toys for little bakers! :)

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      LakeMom 6 years ago

      Great lens! Great idea for combining cursive writing with the cupcakes!

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      imaginemdd lm 6 years ago

      Another example of your wonderful teaching pages. I have a page about kids baking and how much they learn from that. It's how we teach, where the interest is. Dinosaurs, cupcakes, glitter and unicorns. Whatever works. Thanks for another great page.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love everything that Melissa & Doug make and these Melissa & Doug Bake and Decorate Cupcake Sets look wonderful. What a great idea for teaching counting. Evidently, I need to take your class because I didn't score very good on the quiz because I answered with just the number. lol

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      I think I'd be better at math if I had learned with cupcakes! :)

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      Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

      Loved this - I too got that square one wrong - hmm 3 cupcakes each side -- well that won't work - a super idea and a clever quiz.

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      12 cupcakes will form a square, but it will be a hollow one. I think your question meant a solid square filled with cupcakes, not what I was thinking, which was a hollow square with 4 cupcake corners, and 2 cupcakes on each side to form the square. Other than my confusion over that question, I totally enjoyed this cupcake lens. (oh, my captcha is mega geek, too funny!)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Interesting Activities on Cupcake for family :) 5 stars for my liking

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      teachingtools 7 years ago

      Great lens and ideas! Don't forget you can use free certificate templates to reward your students for their successes!

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      Definitely you do the math a fun game.

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      @paperfacets: Thank you for stopping by to check out the wooden cupcakes.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      These are so cute! My 6yo dd who LOVES all her wooden food toys, will certainly want this one!

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      This is so cute for the Cupcake Club. Wooden cupcakes!

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      @tandemonimom lm: Be sure to stop back over to let us all know her reaction to the cupcakes. Do you use her wooden play food to teach math?

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      @blue22d: Thank you for stopping by to play with the cupcakes.

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      blue22d 7 years ago

      Great lens and what a cute teaching toy. I want to be a kid again!

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      @naturegirl7s: Thank you for stopping by to play with the cupcakes. It certainly can be difficult to concentrate on those little dots when cupcakes are involved.

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      Yvonne L. B. 7 years ago from Covington, LA

      I took the quiz and really made 100%, but my old hand didn't click the right little circle, or my mouse slipped, so it said I missed one. I want a recount!! ;) Nice lens. I haven't had a chance to check out the Cupcake Club yet. I'm still trying to catch up!

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      @aka-rms: So glad that you stopped by to play with the cupcakes.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      What a fun way to learn math! Welcome to the cupcake club!