Anya and I love to make stuff together. She loves helping me with dinner and loves helping me bake. Of course, we especially love making yummy things like cupcakes with sprinkles!
We read If You Give a Cat a Cupcake.
We talked about directions and following them in order. Sequencing is an important math skill to work on with preschoolers. I printed off some pictures from the internet of the steps for making cupcakes and put them out of order next to the board. (Gather ingredients, mix ingredients, put in cake liners, pour batter, bake, frost.)
Then, Anya put the steps in order and we talked about which was first, second, third, etc. I told her we were going to make cupcakes and she was in charge of telling us what to do. She loved this idea! We washed our hands and got to work. A few times, she checked her step by step list to remember what we needed to do next.
In the end, eating the cupcakes was the most important step!