Arnie the Doughnut
Directions for the “Arnie the Doughnut” Activity
Cut out doughnut circles from some brown construction paper. Read a couple pages of the story “Arnie the Doughnut” by Laurie Keller, then have the children come up with a character trait to describe Arnie and write it on one of their doughnuts.
Continue the pattern of reading the story then writing a character trait on one of the doughnuts until the story is finished.
After the story is completed, talk to the children about the character traits they chose for Arnie, why they chose them and how those traits can be reflected in their own life.
How to Draw Arnie the Doughnut
Draw his eyes – two circles with dots in the middle.
Draw a big circle starting on the side of one eye and bring it down and around to the other side of his other eye. Then connect it between his eyes.
Add a smaller circle in the middle for the doughnut hole.
Draw a squiggly frosting line all around the inside of the big circle.
Add a big open smile.
Draw arms and legs.
Cover him with sprinkles and your done!
Party Menu & Games
Pin the eyes on Arnie
- Use a large sheet of paper to draw Arnie, leaving out the eyes
- Cut and draw two eyes to fit your picture of Arnie
- Kids can take turns trying to pin the eyes in the correct spot while blindfolded!
How many sprinkles does Arnie have? (Guessing game)
- On the right or left side of a standard sheet of paper, print out the image of Arnie (click here for printable image)
- Give kids only a few seconds to look at the paper
- Have everyone write down their guesses on slips of paper and turn them in
- The closest guesser wins!
- Doughnuts, doughnut holes, and other assorted pastries
Don’t forget to ask for permission before eating!
- Bowling ball cookies (Poke 2 small holes in the top of an Oreo cookie.)
- Rolling pin popcorn (Add 2 strips of red tape along the top of clear plastic cups and fill with popcorn.)
- Chocolate or strawberry milk
Make your own Arnie the Doughnut!
What you’ll need:
- Paper Plate
- Markers or crayons
- Popsicle sticks
With an adult’s help, cut a hole in the middle of your paper plate.
Draw two eyes on the top of the plate and a mouth on the bottom.
Color in Arnie’s frosting and sprinkles.
Glue two popsicle sticks to the bottom of the plate for Arnie’s legs and one popsicle stick on each side for Arnie’s arms.
How to Eat a Doughnut
- Hold it in your hand then look at it and ask, “Do you mind if I eat you?”
- Listen Carefully. Wait a few seconds.
- If it doesn’t say anything, then go ahead and eat it!