Pretend Pancake Play

One of the things we’re working on with Trevor is developing pretend play skills.  I decided to try out a new play-doh recipe and work on his play skills all at once, because he loves working with dough.   For this project we made Oatmeal Play-Doh.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup oatmeal

How To Make It:

  1. Dump all of your ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Mix together.
  3. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.
  4. Enjoy!

Helping Mama dump the ingredients into the bowl:

Giving the dough a taste test:

Squishing the Oatmeal Play-Doh:

Because Trevor is a pretty literal guy, I even used a real frying pan for this.  It made it a lot more fun for him!  And it helped him get the idea of what we were doing.  After we mixed up the dough I separated it into four equal pieces and made four pancakes for him to play with in the pan.

I also gave him one of my spatulas to use:

Having fun!

Then I got out his beloved Mr. Bubble Foam Soap and told him it was pretend whipped cream.  This was a little bit of a mistake on my part.  He had fun with the foam of course, but since he doesn’t quite get the concept of “pretend” yet I had to keep telling him not to put it in his mouth.  Oh well, lesson learned.  Next time we’ll use only edible ingredients when we’re pretend cooking.


I also got out some rainbow sprinkles for him to shake on the pancakes:

You know it was a good time when you even have goop in your hair!

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