We are creating magic and spreading cheer in my classroom this month with our new Sugar Plum Bakery! Through this developmental play center students are able to practice social skills along with writing numbers, counting, and reading recipes.
Honestly, I may have gotten a little carried away with this dramatic play unit, but every Christmas Cookie Bakery needs to look like a gingerbread house! I was lucky enough to have a coworker who’s also crafty and went right to work creating the house’s peppermints and roof icing out of plates. To bring my entire vision to life she took the afternoon to add it all to the house frame that I created using cardboard.
You can easily create a bakery in your classroom — and you don’t need the over-the-top gingerbread house to do it. Simply visit your local Dollar Tree for baking supplies. I bought my spatulas, bowl, measuring cups, pans, and more there. Then go to a craft store to get the pom-poms, felt, air-dry clay, and paint.
Here are a few ideas on what your students can create with the craft supplies:
Cookies: To make our cookies my students flattened a piece of air-dry clay and then cut their clay into a shape using cookie cutters. Once the clay dried the students painted their cookies.
Pies: To make pie pieces I used felt. I cut a tan felt circle for the dough/pie crust. To make the pie lattice I cut strips of tan felt and hot glued them to make a lattice pattern. You could also leave the strips as is and have the students create their own lattice by placing the strips on top of the pie. To make filling I cut circles of various colors of felt, then hot glued two pieces together and stuffed them with cotton balls before hot gluing it closed.
Cooking Ingredients: For the sugar, marshmallows, and flour I used white pom-poms. For the cocoa and chocolate chips I cut brown felt into squares.
Cupcakes: You can also make cupcakes by placing a cupcake liner in a cupcake pan, then spray insulation foam into the cupcake liner. Once the foam has completely dried, allow students to paint and decorate the top of the cupcakes.
Hot Drink Dispenser: I made this out of an old oatmeal tub. I ordered the spout off of Amazon for around $4. I poked a hole through the oatmeal container and inserted the spout into the hole. I also covered the container with grey construction paper to make it look like a real metal dispenser. In the fall it’s an apple cider dispenser and in the winter it becomes a hot chocolate dispenser.
Students are also able to read and make recipes with the unit’s cookbook, which is included in my Teachers Pay Teachers.
Check out my Teachers Pay Teachers to grab the labels, menus, signs, order forms, and more.