Read Aloud Books
Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
Learn your manners in a most humorous way with Mr. Panda who isn't sharing his donuts until someone says, "please." Short, sweet, and one of my favorites. You could also read the sequel, I'll Wait, Mr. Panda, which has the biggest donut ever!
If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
...he'll ask for some apple juice to go with it. And so begins this beloved classic that you can't not read when talking about donuts.
Donut Chef by Bob Staake
A chef opens up his donut shop in the city and is rewarded with much success—and competition. The rhyming text of the story is perfect for storytime and the topic of creating all kinds of donut flavors is a perfect segway into today's craft.
Songs & Rhymes
I know a treat that has a hole
And is so very tasty!
Save a bite for me!
(can also be used as a flannel!
See full idea here on Preschool Education)
Song: The Donut Song
Well I walked around the corner and I walked around the block
And I walked right into a donut shop.
Well I scooped up a donut right out of the grease
And handed the lady a five-cent piece.
Well she looked at the donut and she looked at me
And she said, "This nickel is no good you see.
There's a hole in the middle I can see right through"
And I said there's a hole in your donut too!
Thanks for the donut, so long!
Action Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance your fingers to the side,
Dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed.
(Don't forget an opening and closing song!)
Games & Activities
Flannel: Five Colored Donuts
Down around the corner, at the bakery shop,
There were [number] little donuts with frosting on top.
Along came [name], hungry for a treat,
And s/he picked the [color] one to take home and eat!
(credit: The Lion is a Bookworm)
If you want, you can print out these donuts I've created to use for your own flannel: white donut, brown donut, purple donut, pink donut, green donut.
Craft: Decorate a Donut
Cut out the middle of some paper plates and let the kids go to town painting whatever color of "frosting" and sprinkling some glitter or confetti! (image credit: Happy Hooligans)