This activity is based on the traditional children’s song ‘Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?’, and focuses on asking 3 types of ‘who’ questions of increasing length and complexity. Use the large cards to chant the predictable refrain, clapping the 4 beats per line. If you have a group, selected children can be a cat, a dog, an owl, a mouse, a raccoon, or a bird, then say the lines “Who me?” and “Couldn’t be.” The remainder of the children chant the responses “Yes, you.” and “Then who?” Each animal is partially hidden behind the cookie jar in the first picture in each pair. Have the children take note of the animal and predict which animal took the cookie.
Four additional activities are included. The first is a game entitled “Take a Cookie”. Print the 3 cookie card pages. Print the sheet with the words “Take a Cookie” on the reverse side of each of the 3 pages. Use oaktag for sturdier cards. Laminate and cut. Show the different cookie cards, and use descriptor words to label the cookies--such as a round cookie with green frosting and jelly beans, a round cookie with blue frosting and sprinkles, a round cookie with dark red frosting and sprinkles, a purple flower cookie, a gingerbread man cookie, and a birthday cake cookie with chocolate frosting and 2 candles." Practice describing the cards. Shuffle the cards and deal 4 cards to each child. Place the remaining cards face down in a pile in the middle of the table. Children hold their cards in their hands without showing to the others. Select who will go first. That child asks one of the other children “Do you have __________?” If that child has the cookie, it is passed to the asking child, who gets another turn asking another player. If the 2nd child does not have the card, that child says, “No, take a cookie.” The asking child draws a card and places it in his/her hand. The play moves to the next child. Whenever any child gets 4 matching cards, they can be placed on the table in front of them. When all the cards in the draw pile are gone, the player with the most packs of 4 matching cards wins.
The second activity is assembling a cookie. The children can color and decorate the blank cookies with markers, crayons, or water paint. There are also colored cookies and frosting that can be cut and glued together. Use stickers, stars, foamies, glitter, chocolate chips, sprinkles, Skittles, M & M’s or gummy bears to decorate the cookies. I always use tacky glue for these heavier decorations. Have the children use descriptive words to tell about how they decorated their cookies.
The third activity is a matching game. Children match a cookie to the animal that took it. For example, ask “Who took the gingerbread man cookie?”. Younger children can respond with the animal name. Children with higher language skills answer in a complete sentence.
The fourth activity is a compare/contrast game. Use the mats with the cookie jars. Place the cookie cards near the mat. Have the student choose two cookies and tell how they are the same and how they are different (or ‘not the same’ for younger kids). Encourage them to use their descriptor words.
Who Took a Cookie from the Cookie Jar? Using Descriptive Words and Asking “Who” Questions
by Kathy Grover
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