So, this year we are kicking off the holiday season with a storytime about cookies. And of course, after reading stories and making our crafts, we just *had* to eat a cookie! YUMMO!
- The Cookie-Store Cat by Cynthia Rylant (A sweet story of a baker who brings acat into his shop and adopts it)
- May I Please Have a Cookie? by Jennifer E. Morris (This was a great follow up to the lesson on saying “Thank You” two weeks ago. This time a boy learns the magic of the word “please!”)
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff (No cookie storytime is complete without this classic story about a mischievous, but well meaning mouse.)
- Cookie Count: A Tasty Pop-Up by Robert Sabuda (This pop-up book is one of my favorites. The kid’s faces light up on the number ten which displays an entire gingerbread house in 3D)
- The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires (We have many variations on the classic story of the Gingerbread Man, but, I picked this one because I wanted to use my western accent.)
Chocolate Chip Cookies: The toddlers got to read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and this craft is to go along with that book. Each child got a plate, some “chocolate chips” (brown circles) and a strip of brown crepe paper. They practiced their ripping skills by tearing the crepe paper and gluing it onto the plate. They glued on the brown circles to top off the cookie at the end.
Paper Bag Gingerbread Houses: The PreK group read The Gingerbread Cowboy and this craft is intended to go with that story or any other retelling of the Gingerbread Man. Kids get a brown paper bag, a door, window and cute saying about cookies and Christmas. They glue all of the basics on and then decorate with glittery stickers and pieces of candy to represent decorating a real gingerbread house. Finally, add the “icing” roof (colored paper) and add “cotton candy snow” (cotton balls) to the top! It’s the first craft of the season!
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