Here are some great ideas for a Cookie-themed storytime, many ideas coming from the PUBYAC listserv. A simple craft would be decorating paper circles that are “cookies,” adding paper chocolate chips or raisins. Another favorite craft is to pre-cut Gingerbread Men out of sandpaper (from a hardware store). Use markers to add eyes, mouth, buttons, etc. Finally, rub a cinnamon stick on the sandpaper, and the Gingerbread Man will smell like cinnamon. You can even hang him in the car as a car freshener!
Cousins, Lucy. MAISY MAKES GINGERBREAD. Maisy the little white mouse makes gingerbread.
Goodman, Susan. ALL IN JUST ONE COOKIE. A simple nonfiction book, describing where the ingredients for cookies come from.
Hutchins, Pat. THE DOORBELL RANG. A math lesson is included in this fun story. Every time the doorbell rang, more visitors came in to try the delicious chocolate chip cookies.
Lass, Bonnie. WHO TOOK THE COOKIES FROM THE COOKIE JAR? The popular song done as a picture book.
Lin, Grace. FORTUNE COOKIE FORTUNES. Do the fortunes in the fortune cookies come true? A nice Asian-American cookie story.
Lindgren, Barbro. SAM’S COOKIE. Who will get the cookie – Sam or the dog?
Numeroff, Laura. IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE. The popular circular story about a mouse who wants milk if given a cookie.
Seymour, Jane. YUM! A TALE OF TWO COOKIES. Two kittens wake up to join their parents on the beach to share cookies.
Shulman, Lisa. THE MOON MIGHT BE MILK. A girl asks the animals what the moon is made of.
Various. THE GINGERBREAD MAN. The classic story will have the audience calling out the repeated phrase: “Run, run, as fast as you can!”
Wellington, Monica. MR. COOKIE BAKER. A very brief but engaging story about the man who bakes the cookies.
Flannelboard: Five ginger cookies lying on a tray One jumped up and flew away. (Take away the butterfly) Four ginger cookies lying on a tray One jumped up and hopped away. (Take away the frog) Three ginger cookies lying on a tray One jumped up and swam away. (Take away the fish) Two ginger cookies lying on a tray One jumped up and hopped away (Take away the rabbit) One ginger cookies lying on a tray He jumped up and flew away (Take away the bird) No ginger cookies lying on a tray I should have eaten them right away.
Fingerplay: Five little cookies, with frosting galore Mother ate the purple one, then there were four. Four little cookies, two and two, you see, Father at the green one, then there were three. Three little cookies, but before I knew, Sister ate the blue one, then there were two. Two little cookies, oh, what fun! Brother ate the orange one, then there was one. One little cookie, watch me run! I ate the red one, then there were none.