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Arnie The Doughnut - Storytime Kit

Updated: Jan 4, 2021

Hello everyone! We hope you are all excited for Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller! Leanna and I have put together a bunch of fun activities and crafts for the little ones. Starting on Monday, November 30, the kits will be available to pick up for our online storytime.

"Arnie the Doughnut" by Laurie Keller

“At first glance, Arnie looks like an average doughnut round, cakey, with a hole in the middle, iced and sprinkled. He was made by one of the best bakeries in town, and admittedly his sprinkles are candy-colored. Still, a doughnut is just a doughnut, right? WRONG! Not if Arnie has anything to say about it. And, for a doughnut, he sure seems to have an awful lot to say. Can Arnie change the fate of all doughnuts or at least have a hand in his own future? Well, you'll just have to read this funny story and find out for yourself.”

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You will have the book read to you by actor Chris O'Dowd. He does such a great job, we hope you enjoy his reading as much as we did!

Kits include:

  • a free copy of Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller

  • information page

  • colors game (5 colored doughnuts)

  • a flyer for this website

  • 2 activity pages

  • 2 coloring pages

  • rhymes/song pages with web links (bells included)

  • a doughnut craft

  • 3 magnets from the story

  • stickers

HANDOUT GAMES – play with included doughnut handouts

Can You Show Me…?

(tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

Can you show me the blue doughnut?

Blue doughnut, blue doughnut?

Can you show me the blue doughnut?

And wave it in the air?

Yellow… orange… purple… red

Hold It High – Choose one doughnut from handouts

Hold your doughnut high and stand

Now wave it around in gestures grand!

Hold your doughnut below your chin

Now hold it way up high again

Hold your doughnut against your nose

Now touch the doughnut to your toes

Touch your doughnut to the ground

Now wave that doughnut all around!

Hold your doughnut in front of you

Now turn around – one time, two!

Hold your doughnut and jump up high!

Now let your doughnut fly fly fly (throw it in the air)

SONGS & INSTRUMENTuse included bells

Coconut Donut by Pinkfong

Donut Song by Redmon Kids

Five Little Doughnuts by Oh My Genius

Learn Numbers with Donuts by BabyBus

BOUNCE RHYME (bounce along with child in lap)

Making Doughnuts

I am making doughnut dough,

(bounce child)

Round and round the beaters go.

(move child in a circle)

Add some flour from a cup,

(bounce child)

Stir and mix the batter up.

(pretend to stir with child)

Roll them, cut them, nice and neat,

(pretend to roll and cut out doughnuts)

Put them on a cookie sheet.

(pretend to transfer doughnuts)

Bake them, count them, one, two, three!

(clap for each number)

So many doughnuts for you and me!

(bounce child)


Great Big Doughnut

I am a great big doughnut (circle hands over head)

Chocolately and round (extend hands to sides)

Covered with lots of sprinkles (point to self)

The best that can be found. (rub tummy)

I am a great big doughnut (circle hands over head)

Take a bite of me (make biting motions)

Tasty, sweet, delicious, (make chewing motions)

I’m oh, so yummy! (rub tummy)

I WAS a great big doughnut, (circle hands over head)

The very best around, (extend hands to side)

Now there’s nothing left of me, (shake head)

Just crumbs on the ground. (sit down)

Doughnut Shop

Five little donuts in a bakery shop,

Sprinkled with powdered sugar on top.

Along comes ____________ (insert child name) with a dollar to pay.

He/she buys a donut and eats it straight away!

(repeat with different names (or the same one!), counting down the numbers)

Doughnut Camp Song

(Tune: “Turkey in the Straw” [version of “Do Your Ears Hang Low”])

I walked down the corner

And I walked down the block

And I walked right into a doughnut shop

And I picked up the doughnut

And I wiped off the grease

And I handed the baker a five-cent piece


He looked at the nickel

And he looked back at me

And he said “Well, look,

You can plainly see

There’s a hole in the nickel

There’s a hole right through.”

I said “There’s a hole in your doughnut too!

Thanks for the doughnut, so long!”

At the Bakery

(Tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

What will you buy at the bakery,

The bakery, the bakery?

What will you buy at the bakery,

So early in the morning?

I’d like to buy some doughnuts today,

doughnuts today, doughnuts today.

I’d like to buy some doughnuts today,

So early in the morning.

Additional verses: Muffins, cookies, cupcakes


Macmillan’s page on Laurie Keller:

Macmillan’s The Adventures of Arnie the Doughnut series page:

Let us know what your little ones thought of Arnie the Doughnut! What did they think of the activities? Do you have any suggestions for us?

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