# Calorie Free Cupcake !

Counting Cupcake !

This activity came out of a funny request from my son. We go to music class and one of the little girls in class has a shirt with cupcakes on it. Well when I asked my son what he wanted to make he said her name, when I said we couldn’t make her he said “cupcake?” so voila! I added in the counting lesson because I just couldn’t help myself!

Gather your materials. You will need 3 pieces of construction paper, glue, some sticky back foam ( regular will work too, just glue it) , cotton balls, a marker, and scissors.Start by cutting out a base and a top of the cup cake.Ask your child a number they want to put on the base. I was hoping for 3 or 4 but 7 it was! Write that number on the base with marker. This will determine the number of candles you put on the cupcake.Grab the glue!Glue your cupcake on the paper.While your child is gluing cut out the candles from the foam , making both candles and flames for each.Time to add the frosting! Use lots of glue for the cotton balls.

make lots of references to the number your child chose, and count the candles often saying ” Do we have 7 yet?” keep adding them on until you do! Add the flames as you go!

Books!

” Moira’s Birthday” by Robert Munsch is a silly book, most of his books are, but silly is great! Moira is excited about having her birthday and doesn’t know how to say no to all the kids at school when they beg to come to her party. She ends up with the whole school at her house and her parents don’t know what to do! Luckily Moira does. This book at first look may seem like Moira is a spoiled brat who gets her way but really she is problem solving and when she gives away a present to each child who helps clean up, you can see she just wanted a good party, and isn’t a gift grabbing brat at all! Kids LOVE this book, I have never read it to a class that didn’t laugh hysterically.

“If You Give A Cat A Cupcake!” by Laura Numeroff is the newest installment of her ever popular “If You Give…” series. I like this one , I mean any book with a cat in a bathing suit is worth a look. I am a big fan of these stories not only because they have just the right amount of text for young preschoolers, but also because the illustrations by Felicia Bond are so detailed you can spend ages talking about what your child sees in the book after the words are read. I love the cause and effect , and after a few readings your child will have fun telling you what’s next.

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1. EntertainingMom says

i am doing this with Alexander today!

2. Staci says

We have just had several family birthdays in a row and my daughter has been fascinated with blowing out the candles. She loved this one!

3. cindy says

This caught my eye because my son is turning 7 in April-I am planning to make it for his birthday! He will get such a kick out of it!

4. Heather - CROQZine - Dollar Store Crafts says

That looks so fun! My son said “That’s an upside-down L-Lewis!” He was talking about the 7!

5. Katherine Marie! says

wow this is just so fun!!!!!! You never stop coming up with most fantastic and wonderful creations. LOVE them all. This is GREAT!!!!

6. Allie says

Oh Heather, my son flips every M he sees and announces “W!” his favorite letter, aren’t they funny?

7. Tanya says

Loving this cute project. Hey Allie & Heather – my daughter points to the # 8, and says "B" – her favorite letter! Love how their little minds work.

8. Playground for Mail says

cute site. nifty ideas. thank you for sharing!

9. Jolene says

Love this…we are doing the number 3 though! Thanks!

10. says

Adorable!!! I LOVE your site! Thank you so much for offering so many incredible ideas.

Question for you: what type of glue do you use w/ the foam pieces? My older son & I have tried a few things, including the craft glue stick, but it’s never been successful. (and I don’t have a hot glue gun) I’d love to hear how you do it!
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