Kid Craft: Cupcake Competition
I am going to share with you my absolute favorite activity to do at a birthday party with young peopleof any age decorating cupcakes It’s a perfect activity for kids from about three years old right on up to the teens. Plus, you can enjoy it, too.
Unless you are having a slumber party and need an activity for the night before, I suggest that the cupcakes be made ahead, either by you or the local bakery.
Frosting (several flavors and colors) I suggest just buying the pre-made, canned ones.
Small (6”) paper plates — enough for two per child plus extras
Plastic knives — enough for several per child
As many different kinds of sprinkles and decorations as you can find/afford
Small items to decorate with that follow the theme of the party (Find these at Dollar Tree, Party City, and cake decorating departments of groceries)
Plastic table cover to protect table
Clothing protectors — aprons, smocks, or even garbage bags with holes cut for head and arms
Small prize(s) for best cupcake (You may want to have several categories and more prizes; in this way, this will act as one of your games.)
Before starting, remind children to use a separate knife for each different color of frosting, and to not lick fingers or knives. These rules will only be minimally effective, depending on the age of the children. For your own sanity, realize that children WILL share germs and just remind as necessary, but don’t get too upset!
Remind the children that there will be prizes and the cupcakes will be eaten later.
1. Have children wash hands and put on clothing protectors.
2. Write names on one of the paper plates for each child and place on a separate (display) table.
3. Each child should have a cupcake on a paper plate and several plastic knives in front of him/her.
4. Place containers with various colored frostings within reach of the children, but to be shared. One of each color for each child is NOT necessary.
5. Also, place containers of sprinkles and other decorations and the “toppers” on the table within reach. Minimal instruction allows for more creativity and fun!
6. As the children finish the cupcakes, assist them in placing their cupcakes on the plates they used to decorate them, then on top of their “name” plates on the display table. In this way, the judges can be unbiased.
7. When everyone has finished decorating, have everyone help with the clean-up and then wash hands again and remove clothing protectors. 8. After the judging, cupcakes can be placed on name plates for pictures with proud decorators and finally, eaten as refreshments!
Sherryl LaPointe, a retired teacher and children’s minister, lives with her husband, Harris, and dog, Muffin, in Gulfport. They enjoy frequent visits from their daughter, Linette. Sherryl enjoys pursuing many hobbies including crafts, art and writing.