Barbie Fun: Baking Cupcakes - Learning Through Dreamtopia

Lesson: Patience

Baking Cupcakes

In this episode, while Barbie and Chelsea are waiting for their cupcakes to cool, Chelsea imagines a Dreamtopia story about rebuilding the Unicone’s licorice barn. When the barn starts melting, they realize it’s because they’ve worked too quickly and learn a lesson about patience.

When trying to master something new, preschoolers often try to do things too quickly and are easily frustrated, so learning patience is a valuable skill. This activity uses baking cupcakes to demonstrate the importance of waiting.

ACTIVITY: Baking Cupcakes

Individual or small group (up to 3 children) supervised by an adult.

What You'll Need

  • Your favorite cupcake recipe
  • Measuring cups
  • Ingredients on box (water, eggs, etc.)
  • Bowl and mixer
  • Cupcake tins, nonstick spray (or cupcake liners)
  • Icing (and sprinkles too!)

What To Do

  1. Explain you are going to bake cupcakes just like Barbie and Chelsea!
  2. Grab your favorite recipe and gather the tools and ingredients you'll need to start baking cupcakes.
  3. Organize them in the order each is needed and explain the steps to the children such as, “First, we will put the powder mix in the bowl. Next, we’ll crack the eggs...”
  4. Assign each child a job, like egg cracker and batter mixer.
  5. Follow the directions on the box, pour the batter into greased (or lined) cupcake tins and place them in the oven.
  6. Discuss activities you can do while waiting like playing concentration, playing pick-up sticks, or drawing, then get busy! Doing an activity while waiting helps the time fly by.
  7. Ice and decorate the cupcakes once they have cooled.

Discussion Questions

Start by introducing the word patience. Discuss why waiting is hard sometimes.

  • What waiting must you do when baking cupcakes? Examples: wait for oven to heat up, wait for the cupcakes to bake, and then wait for them to cool before icing.
  • What would happen if we took the cupcakes out of the oven too early?
  • What happened when Barbie and Otto iced the cupcakes before they cooled?
  • What could Chelsea and Barbie have done differently so the icing wouldn’t melt?

Follow-Up Activities

Children can practice patience when playing a board game, gardening, or saving money to buy something special.


Lucy’s Secret, by Mireille Levert (Groundwood Books, 2004)
Waiting, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books, 2015)
Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books, 1996)