DIY Cookies for Pretend Play

My oldest loves to paint, bake and is really into pretend play. So, I found a way to combine all three of his current interests into one by making salt dough cookies with him that he can paint and play with!

DIY Cookies for Pretend Play Recipe & How-To

Salt Dough Cookies Supplies

  • Cookie Sheet
  • Rolling Pin
  • Acrylic or watercolor paint
  • Paint brush
  • Old tablecloth to protect the table & a smock (acrylic paint is permanent on fabric)

Both my boys had a blast making the pretend cookies! They got to use mommy’s roller to roll out the dough and enjoyed getting to use the cookie cutters to cut out the cookies.

DIY Cookies for Pretend Play
Serves: 8
Make pretend cookies that can be used in a child's play kitchen over and over again!
  • ½ cup salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup water
  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients until it forms a dough.
  3. Knead dough with hands, then roll it out on a floured surface with a rolling pin.
  4. Have your children use cookie cutters to cut out the cookies and place onto the cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 2 hours or until dried out. You could also have them sit out overnight to be dry by the morning!
  6. This recipe makes about 8 cookies.

It was a long two-hour wait for them to cook, but worth it once Gabe could go to town painting them!

Painting Pretend Play Cookies

We bought cheap acrylic paint pots so Gabe could easily pick and choose his own colors. You could also do puff paint so it looks like icing, but this is Gabe’s preferred method of painting, so I went with this.

Play Cookie Painting

Can you tell somebody fell UP the slide?

I like to let my kids paint however they want to develop their own creativity and style, and this is the perfect project to do that. Not too messy, lots of color, and no wrong way to do it! Now the kids use these in their play kitchen and pretend to cook them in their oven, scrape them off the cookie sheet, and “eat” them. Gabe is so proud of his handiwork and it was another great bonding time for us to make these together.




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