Playdough Bakery

Chocolate and Strawberry Playdough Bakery

With the snowy weather we have been having I’ve mixed up a couple of batches of my favourite playdough from the recipe over on The Imagination Tree – a chocolate playdough and a strawberry playdough great for some valentines day role play with a bakery.

Valentines role play - playdough bakery

Setting up the children with our play kitchen, some pots and pans and play cooking equipment, cookie cutters, recipe books, cupcake cases and rolling pin they set about playing bakeries one morning.

valentines role play bakery prompting playing together for under 5's

I have to say that this was the longest that the two of them have ever played together, there was some play together i.e. J holding something whilst T mixed or helping each other carry things backwards and forwards from their kitchen table to the oven, but also lots of side by side play.

books in roleplay for early years

Adding in real cook books – my afternoon tea and cookies cook books were chosen as they although quite thick books have wonderful big pictures of cakes and cookies that are perfect for the bakery to make.

recycling used for role play

I also checked through our Junk Modeling box of stuff and found some chocolate trays and boxes that we had saved from Christmas that also got brought into the play.

exploring the sense of smell from playdough

If you haven’t made flavoured playdoughs before I recommend the chocolate playdough as a great starting point the smell is delicious and it’s a great way to explore the sense with children here some other great ideas for exploring the sense of smell with playdough from Science Sparks.

playdough bakery

Setting up play like this with all the props and letting them explore, play and pretend is great free play for toddlers and preschoolers and believe me when I say it’s something that I’m going to explore more and more as I can get so much done whilst the two of them play together.

making playdough cookies


This play was inspired by our Valentines Cupcakes. If you are looking for a variation on the Playdough Bakery then The Imagination Tree has a playdough bakery with a wholemeal playdough recipe for some more fun.

What role play situations do your children like playing?

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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and now mum. She's passionate about supporting learning at school at home, bringing books alive, giving kids life skills and exploring the world around us sharing Creative, Family Friendly, Fun Ideas for the whole family on Rainy Day Mum