Hungry for a delicious storytime? Think cookies! These stories are irresistible for the Pre-K – 1st grade crowd. In “Who Ate all the Cookie Dough?” an aproned momma kangaroo can’t figure out who snuck a taste of her delicious cookie dough right from the bowl. Was it the monkey? The hippo? Or someone closer to home? Readers will be trying to solve the mystery as they join the refrain, “Eeny meenie miney mo who stole all the cookie dough?” This book invites participation and offers great opportunities for recalling story details and making predictions.
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?
Next, journey over to the farm for Karma Wilson’s take on silly animal appetites, “The Cow Loves Cookies.” Hay, feed and slop may be fine for the other farm animals but not this cow. It only wants one thing. It seems the farmer and the cow have worked out a special deal in this lively tale with rhythmic lines kids will love saying aloud together.
The Cow Loves Cookies
And if that’s not enough cookies for your plate then try an older favorite, “The Doorbell Rang” by Pat Hutchins. As the kids get ready to eat their cookies the doorbell keeps ringing. Will there be enough to share with all the new arrivals?
Don’t forget to add the rhymes and songs below and you’ll have a bellyfull of fun.
Five Cookies – a finger rhyme. Start with 5 fingers up and work your way down…
Five little cookies in the bakery shop.
Shinning bright with the sugar on top.
Along comes (child’s name) with a nickel to pay.
He/she buys a cookie and takes it away.
(continue with four, three, two and one).
No storytime would be complete with music so add some tunes! Laurie Berkner is a great source for recorded storytime music. She uses simple themes and you can easily add lots of corresponding actions for group participation. On the CD , “Buzz Buzz” try the song The Cookie Bakers of the Night. Kids will love walking on tippytoes and pretending to mix and roll the dough and make cookies.
Of course you can’t miss with Cookie Monster’s signature song, “C” is for Cookie from Sesame Street. When the song says “C” make a big “C” with your ams. Then for “cookie” make a big circle in front of you. Don’t use the recorded version, go a capella so you can play with tempo- try singing the verse slowly then more quickly as kids get the hang of it.
Last you can add the camp classic “Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?” Insert the kids’ names, or try using it with animals, as in “Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Cow stole the cookie from the cookie jar. Who me? Yes you? Couldn’t be. Then who?” Let kids suggest animals to fill in. This works well as a flannel too if you have some animal shaped felts. Just hide a picture of a cookie underneath one and let the kids call out the animals and guess as you sing the song.
You can also add a simple craft of decorating paper cookies and gluing them to a plate like this. An easy take home project.