This paper donut craft is a fun activity to do after reading the story book Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony! Kids can act out the story line of the book, and practice proper manners to say “please.” This craft project is great to work on developing fine-motor skills. These paper donuts also make great treats for stuffed animal friends!
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Easy Story Time Craft: Make a Paper Donut
To make your own paper donut craft, you will need:
- brown paper lunch bags
- safety scissors
- shaving cream
- school glue
- washable brown paint
- colored construction paper
- paper plate
- paper doily
First, gather your materials.
Next, invite students to use safety scissors to cut off the bottom of a brown paper lunch bag.
Once the bottom has been removed, open the remaining part of the bag. Show students how to gently roll the bag up to form the paper donut.
Once the donuts are formed, it is time to decorate!
To make the “frosting”, combine equal parts school glue and shaving cream. Mix well and add the brown paint for “chocolate frosting” or leave out the paint for “vanilla.”
Invite students to frost up their donuts with the puffy paint mixture!
Tip: We found that spooning the puffy paint on top worked best. While the paint is still wet, add bits of colored paper for “sprinkles.”
If you have leftover hole punches, this would be a great project to use them as sprinkles! Allow the paint to dry completely.
Once the paint is completely dried, invite students to glue a doily to a paper plate.
Lastly, glue the donut to the doily. Allow the glue to dry completely.
Tip: These plated paper donuts would make a creative bulletin board display under the words “Donut Worry, Be Happy!”
Recommended Story Book:
For a great book to go along with this craft, check out Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony. In this story, Mr. Panda offers some delicious donuts to a few other animals. When the animals are rude and forget to say “please,” Mr. Panda revokes his offer.
Finally, one of the animals remembers to use manners and says “please.” Mr. Panda happily gives this polite animal the entire box of donuts!
A simple story to remind kids to always say “please” and “thank you.” This is a good story book for preschoolers, although kindergarteners may enjoy it too.
We hope you have fun making this simple story time craft with your children!
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