Calorie Free Cupcakes

My kids love cupcakes.  They are a picky bunch, so I will tell you how cupcake eating goes in our house.  "A" and C lick the frosting but don't eat the cupcakes, and B wants me to take off the frosting so she can eat the cake underneath.  Despite these idiosyncrasies, cupcakes never fail to elicit excitement among my bunch.  So I thought why not let my little ones make some cupcakes?  Before you think I am braver than I actually am, I should mention these are non-edible cupcakes.

A while ago, I ordered a giant bag of various sized pom poms from Oriental Trading.  I use them for a lot of fine motor activities and games.  To make our cupcakes I used these pom poms, paper muffin cups and muffin tins (purchased at the dollar store).  

I gave each kid a muffin tin, 6 muffin cups and a container full of pom poms.  Then they got to work filling the tin with muffin cups and pom poms to make their yummy creations.

"A" had fun telling me about her different cupcakes, "strawberry and chocolate with a cherry."

Then I brought out some tongs so the older girls to get some fine motor work in.  I have a collection of tongs.    These are from Cost Plus World Market, but try some you may have at home.  They will probably work just as well.  I encouraged the girls to use their tongs to try and pick up the pom poms from their container and drop them into their muffin cups.  

I love how B always needs to have the book she is reading on the table with her as she works.  As you can see, the book this day was "The Little Mermaid."

I think the next step for me is to actually bake some cupcakes with the girls.  They have helped me make a cake before but never cupcakes.  Maybe we will bake some real Halloween cupcakes that they can decorate themselves. In the meantime, this was a good substitution.  Did I mention they had no calories?



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  3. I love your creativity! My son is still a bit out of reach of most of your activities, but I can't wait to test them out!

  4. Hi....thanks for stopping by my blog and I am following you back. This is such a fun idea and I love how inexpensive the items are at Oriental Trading Co. I am going to have to do this with my grandson!

  5. Best kind of cupcakes, no calories, Yay!
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    and for the follower, I'm returning the favor.

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    Cupcakes without any yes please! lol

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  8. hey, Vicky! I just wanted to let you know that I have passed along the Kreativ Blogger Award to you and would love for you to pass it on to some other deserving blogs :) You can check it out on my blog!

  9. What a cute idea! I must do this with my little one! Thanks for visiting and the sweet comment. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. Hi Vicky. Thanks for following my blog. So glad I hopped by to return the favor. You have so many fantastic ideas for kids! My son has had fine and gross motor delays so I'm always looking for ideas to work those muscles. Although he's considered "age appropriate" now, I still want to keep re-enforcing those skills.
    Take care,
    D from Just Mom's Blog

  11. What a great idea!

    I've awarded you the Kreativ Blogger Award. You can read the post and grab your award on my blog.

    ~Tina @ Mamas Like Me

  12. @ Katie, thanks!
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  13. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments. I'm now following you back and can't wait to try the chocolate peanut butter crescents. They look delicious!

  14. Thanks for stopping by! This is a great idea for our little gal when she's older. I like how you have a category for "fine motor skills." Thanks for sharing. I'm your newest follower :-)

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  16. These are fabulous! My girls would love doing this as well, and probably would be reading the same book... Thanks for linking up to Monday Madness!

  17. @ Alicia, Don't they look yummy?
    @ Sunny Vanilla, thanks for checking in.
    @ Emily, hope you find lots of ideas here.
    @ Brooke, LOL about the book!

  18. Ha ha. From the title I really was wondering how you made calorie free cupcakes. Boy am I gullible. I love this activity. My kids are much like yours in eating real cupcakes. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.