Oh boy, I am excited to show you today’s kids activity! This baking show drawing challenge is part game, part art activity, and part oral presentation. And it’s also a great boredom buster!

I happened upon this activity idea when I was keeping a friend’s three kids for the morning. I had three of mine, plus three more, so six kids ages 1, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 11. The 1 year old did not play this game, of course, but the others all loved it! A big hit for sure.

How do you do the baking show drawing challenge?

This baking show drawing challenge works well if kids have watched The Great British Bake Off or a similar show, but even if they’re not familiar with the concept they’ll still be able to understand the game.

Here’s how it works!

  1. Give the challenge.

There are 8 printable baking challenge cards to print at the bottom of this post, or you can think up your own ideas. Determine how long your players need to complete the challenge. I would recommend 10-15 minutes, depending on the ages of the kids. Older kids will likely spend longer on their drawings.

Give each player a piece of plain white paper and some colored pencils, crayons, or markers. Each player will also need a place to complete their drawing where the other contestants can’t see what they’re doing.

Read the challenge to the “bakers.” Then send them off to draw their contribution for the bake off!

2. Each contestant presents their drawing.

This is the fun part! Each contestant gets a chance to present their drawing. They should describe the specifics of what they made including flavors, ingredients used, etc. It’s so fun to see what they come up with! And, the kids won’t realize this, but they’re getting great practice in making an oral presentation.

3. Issue the awards!

Since it’s a contest, kids will most likely want to have some type of awards. We did not have any physical awards at all. I gave each child an award for “greatest number of flavors,” “most creative,” “tallest cake,” etc. For younger kids, I’d do some type of award for everyone. For older kids, it might be fun to do a “star baker” or something like that!

Here are a couple of drawings from our baking show challenge! We did three different challenges (layer cake, cupcakes, cookies), and it kept all the kids busy and having fun for about 45 minutes.

Ready to print your baking show drawing challenge cards? Click on the link below. The file will open and you can print from there.

CLICK HERE: Baking Show Drawing Challenge Cards


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  1. Abigail Feb 21, 2021

    I love this idea and the results with your kiddos! And thanks for the cards - so great!

  2. Evelyn Webb Feb 22, 2021

    Thankyou, this is brilliant! It's so hot here at the moment that after school playing at the park is not going to happen this week. I was struggling for an indoor activity, we have been playing board games, completing puzzles and enjoying Lego construction. Actual baking is not at the top of the list, but a baking competition certainly is and the bake off programme you mentioned was on here a year or so ago. I have it in mind to provide the 2 year old with coloured play dough and see what she can come up with. My 4 year old grandson just suggested we can top her cakes with shaving foam. We have just made a batch of slime adding shaving foam. No further comment necessary. Thankyou again and please keep the ideas flowing. It's currently 39c by the way and our UK, US and Canadian families are wondering how we are managing and I wonder how they are.

  3. Tangie Rumbold Feb 22, 2021

    Yes please and Thank you

  4. Loren Feb 22, 2021

    How fun! This can turn out to be both a challenge, an activity and dessert!


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