10 Fun Donut Theme Day Activities

I absolutely love setting up theme days and using FUN National holidays to help make learning exciting and engaging in my first and second grade classroom. You can integrate educational skills and concepts with any topic or special day!

Donut Day is a fun way to have day long activities to transform your room into a delightful sugary, scrumptious day! Just make sure you eat donuts at the end of the day just in time for all those sugared up kiddos to go back home!

Now just because National Donut Day is June 7th, doesn’t mean you cannot do this earlier or a little later in the school year too!

Why Have a Donut Theme Day?

Theme days are a great way to make lessons more fun and engaging while using students interests (because who doesn’t love donuts right?) In addition, there is so much you can use to make a Donut theme Day full of learning activities for your class. Here are a few ideas on what to use for your Donut Theme Day:

Donut Writing Activities   

Have your students create a poster on what they love about donuts while focusing on writing and letter print. 

With this donut theme writing activity,  students can create and decorate their own donut and write about it!

There are two different options for students. Option one, students will write what donuts can, have, and are (Don't forget DONUTS are delicious!) 

Option two, students will write about their favorite donut. 

Then simply turn all that donutty writing into the perfect activity by adding a craft to the mix and that equals your fun donut theme day! Snag this writing activity here today!

Donut Math

Make a full day out of your Donut Day theme activities and use these ideas for added teaching and math centers.

Donut Adding and Subtracting: 

  • Use donuts or  donut erasers to practice math skills. For example, you can have counting exercises, simple addition and subtraction problems.  I don't know about you, but you can never have enough mini erasers.  I am sure you can find these on amazon!

  • Use different colored donut cut-outs to create and complete patterns. This helps with recognizing and predicting sequences.

These cutouts can be found in my writing resource above. Simply Print them out on different colored paper and make some easy patterns.  YOU will be surprised with what you studentw will come up with or have kids use a template decorate it and then decide how the can be graphed (Example: Striped, sprinkled, hearts, colors, size (don't forget to make them different sizes>)

  • Taste-test different flavors of donuts and have the kids vote for their favorite. Create a bar graph to display the results.

Bonus Donut Day Activities

Now that we have shared writing and math activities,  add these fun centers to make the day even better!

  • Provide plain donuts and a variety of toppings like sprinkles, icing, chocolate chips, and fruit. Let the kids decorate their own donuts.  
  • Have kids make their own paper or felt donuts. Provide materials like colored paper, markers, glue, and glitter.
  • Organize a relay race where kids have to balance a donut on a spoon and race to the finish line without dropping it.
  • Conduct an experiment to see what happens when donuts are placed in different liquids (milk, water, vinegar). Discuss the changes observed.                                                      
  • Read a fun book about donuts, such as "If You Give a Dog a Donut" by Laura Numeroff, and discuss the story with the kids.
  • Sing songs related to donuts or sweets. You can find or create simple donut-themed songs and have a sing-along.
  • Instead of playing "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie JAr'" play "Who stole the Donut from the Donut Shop!"

We love these Donut Day activities as a FUN THEME DAY F and ian integrated learning idea for kids. Try out these 10 ideas and let me know your favorite by dropping a comment below.

Free Halloween Game to Build a Classroom Community 

My favorite time to teach is any holiday season. It gives me an opportunity to bring fun printables and engaging activities with the different holiday themes. 

One of my favorite resources is this free Halloween game to help build a strong classroom community. Ready to download this already, grab it for free here! 

The Importance of Building a Classroom Community 

One of the most important aspects of teaching, even sometimes more or as important as academic growth, is social emotional growth and building relationships between classmates and you (the teacher). Activities that support building a classroom community are so important when teaching the whole child and all students. 

I cannot speak enough about the significance of making students feel welcome and to feel as though they are active Important members of your classroom community.

Creating a positive classroom community with students is so important for a child’s overall learning experience. 

For example, it increases collaboration and teamwork by encouraging students to work together. 

It also enhances social skills and promotes classroom participation as it encourages every student to be an active member of your classroom community in a save positive environment.
Furthermore, building a classroom community can help increase a sense of belonging among students. They feel more secure around their peers and are more confident which helps with their positive self-esteem which can reduce anxiety. 

Finally, by building a classroom community, it helps enhance your classroom management and makes your life easier. 

Teachers with a strong classroom community often have a class who makes positive choices by following the rules, respecting authority, understands that we all have different strengths which in turn fosters  positive  classroom and individual behaviors.

 Free Halloween Game to Promote Positive Classroom Community

This Halloween game is completely free and 
promotes a positive classroom community. 

For example, by playing charades it encourages teamwork among students. They will need to collaborate, communicate, and support each other.

 In addition, it promotes active participation because students need to move, engage, and can help break down barriers to increase energy level and fun into your classroom. 

Furthermore, charades helps with communication skills and social stills too. 

Finally, playing charades fosters inclusivity because every student can participate. 

In addition to this fun free Halloween game you can turn this into a writing activity and have students write about their favorite part of playing this game or their favorite fall activity. GET THIS FUN GAME HERE 

It is sure to bring lots of laughs and fun moments. To download this for free today click here!

The Best Back to School Elementary Resources and Printables 

Are you looking for the best back to school resources to have in your teacher back pocket? YES?
We got you covered! Here are five of my best back to school elementary favorite resources and printables that will save you time and make the first week of school fun for your class. 

The Stressful Back to School Season

If you are like me, the back to school season is difficult but also full of excitement. This is an opportunity to grow as a teacher adjust your lessons from the previous year and meet a new wonderful bunch of students. 

In addition, there is so much prep work! Setting up the classroom with the best and most functional layout to setting up the new schedule and classroom procedures and rules. 

The amount of tasks can feel overwhelming! I see you and that is why these back to school printables will help you with the procedures, cut your prep work time down, and supply your class with fun and engaging activities. 

The Best Back to School Elementary Resources 

Here is our list of the go-to printables to make your back to school season a little less stressful.     

Are you looking for a quick way to get your kinders or firsties thinking about goals for the new school year? This is a quick, cute way to get your kiddos to think about their Goals or Hopes and Dreams for the upcoming school year and it supports non readers! This is perfect for your whole class and will allow your English Language Learners, Special Ed Kiddos, Kinders and Firsties to choose pictures to support their goals! Snag this resource here! 

Social Emotional and Polite Classroom Posters (insert picture or product cover here and link to TpT product) 

This packet is designed to act out or think about social situations where you should “Use Magic Words” like please and thank you among other words.     

Snag 8 done for you posters on manners and 23 cards with scenarios written on them that you can present to the class or your children to have them think, pair, share to come up what they might do in the situation and what they should say. 

These discussion cards are great for morning meetings and learning how to interact with classmates. 

Back to School Getting to Know you Activities 

Kickstart the first week of school with excitement and Build Classroom Community when you introduce these 'Getting To Know You' activities that spark engagement like no other! 

This Back to School versatile resource, which includes picture supported "Ice Breaker" activities increases friendship and aids in kids' understanding of each other by getting them up, moving, and interacting. 

Consisting of several partner activities, this dynamic resource offers a fully immersive experience that is not only educational, but supports social interaction as well. Easy to facilitate for any educator, this back to school tool provides a variety of activities to choose from, this activity ensures a vibrant and lively start to the school year, fostering a deep bond among classmates from the get-go. Directed towards a more interactive and engaging learning environment, this innovative resource is the game-changer in your teaching routine! 

Editable Name Plates 

Print and laminate these Editable student name tags or name plates and you will be all set for the
beginning of the school year and anyone who enters your classroom will be able to identify your students and call them by name!! 

This 10 page packet has everything you need to create mini offices for math skills and language arts as well as student desk name plates. 

The name plates can be run off and laminated then attached to student desks or placed on tables. There are a variety to choose from to meet student needs. Learn more about these name plates here today! 

FREE First Day of School Activities

This is my favorite back to school elementary resource because I love using these greetings, the morning meeting topics, and these fun first day of school activities. 

Each one helps to understand your students better and makes the first day of school memorable.In addition, this printable pack includes a free writing activity for kids which can help understand how the first day of school went for your students overall. Finally, this freebie includes the best classroom scavenger hunt that will make your first day of school memorable. 

I hope you can use some of these Back to School Resources...BUT...for NOW relax in the sun and when you are ready to start thinking about Back to School, they will be here waiting for you.

Still need some more IDEAS for Back to School?  Take a look here for a bit more fun for Back to School!

When it comes to teaching math, it is important to have a variety of hands-on activities. The more hands-on the more younger students retain the the kills and concepts taugh. I am also a strong believer that all students no matter their age can benefit from concrete hands-on learning..  

When we combine math and art there are numerous benefits for children's development.  

🎲  First of all, it helps them see math as more than just numbers and equations.  

🎲  Second, engaging in hands-on activities that involve mathematical concepts, children can develop a deeper understanding of abstract mathematical ideas. Furthermore, incorporating math into art projects encourages creativity and critical thinking. It allows children to explore different ways of problem-solving and finding solutions. 

🎲 Last, these crafts provide a fun and interactive way for children to learn math, making it more enjoyable and memorable. We understand that time is valuable so we put together these 5 math and art projects/crafts for kids so you can use them , adapt them to differentiate learning for your students

Addition and Subtraction Ice Cream Craft

This addition and subtraction printable craft makes practicing addition and subtraction fun and engaging while practicing this particular math skill. Students will create math family ice cream sundaes. ANNNDDDD...there are two different ways you can use this math craft with your class. 
You can laminate the different ice cream scoops and bowls and use this repeatedly as a math center OR you can print off different math crafts for each student and create as a whole class project to send home, use as an assessment, or even use as a bulletin board! For more information on this fun craft idea for math class click here.   

Mosaic Math Art

Mosaic math art combines mathematical concepts with the creation of colorful mosaic designs. To make mosaic math art, you will need construction paper or cardstock in various colors, scissors, glue, and a ruler. Start by cutting the construction paper into small squares or rectangles of equal size. Then, use these pieces to create a mosaic design on a larger piece of paper or cardstock. Children can arrange the colored pieces in different patterns or shapes, creating a visually appealing mosaic artwork.

This craft incorporates concepts such as symmetry, patterns, and fractions. 
Children can explore symmetry by creating symmetrical designs using the colored paper pieces. 

They can also experiment with different patterns, such as alternating colors or creating

repeating motifs. Additionally, this activity provides an opportunity to introduce fractions, as children can divide the larger paper into equal sections and fill each section with a different color or pattern. 

Mosaic math art allows children to express their creativity while engaging with mathematical concepts...not to mention fine motor skills. We love this math and are projects and idea because it is unique to each student.

Students can also use pattern blocks or magnetic shapes to express their creative mathematical designs!

Click here for amazing math art and drawing games that your students will love!  Karyn is amazing! 

Paper Chains and Patterns

If your students are working on patterns you can easily create classroom paper chains with patterns like ABA, ABBA, ABCA, and more unique patterns

Have a museum sharing time or small group sharing time where students can create their own pattern paper chain and explain to the class what their pattern is and you can use these fun paper chains to decorate your classroom! I don’t know about you but I love when my students can decorate our classroom and take some ownership in the room.

Geometric String Art

Geometric string art is a craft that combines mathematical concepts with artistic design. To create geometric string art, you will need a wooden board or canvas, nails, colored string, a hammer, and a ruler. Begin by marking equidistant points along the edges of the board or canvas using the ruler. Then, hammer nails into these points, leaving a small portion exposed. Once the nails are in place, start weaving the colored string around the nails to create geometric patterns. OR SIMPLY USE GEOBOARDS!       

This craft incorporates several math concepts such as symmetry, angles, and patterns. Symmetry is evident in the balanced designs created by the string art. Children can explore different types of symmetry, such as rotational symmetry or reflectional symmetry, as they create their own unique designs. Additionally, they can learn about angles by observing the angles formed by the string as it wraps around the nails. Patterns can also be explored through the repetition of colors or shapes in the string art design.
You can use a simple paper plate or cardstock paper to make this craft even easier prep for you. Furthermore, students can hole punch their own shape and talk about it’s features and attributes as well. 

Button Day Math and Art Projects

Now button day is not something you hear about every day but it is November 16th every year. So why not take that silly national holiday and create a fun day for math and art. This printable and low prep packet is great for graphing. Best of all it includes multiple subjects, lesson plans, and more fun crafts too. Easily turn buttons into a fun art graphing project with this bundle. Find out more here.

Domino Basic Math Skills

If you are looking for an easy end of the year idea or any time of the year idea, your students will love this domino craft! Actually there is a National Domino Day, which is celebrated on November 11th, but you don't have to wait until then to use this adorable Dominic and Dominique craft to create Domino addition and subtraction math fact families

It is easy prep and fun for elementary students because you can make it addition, subtraction, multiplication, and even division. This resource supports counting, writing numbers, and more. The bet part is you can easily differentiate this for your students without taking you a ton of time. For more on this activity click here.

Math Fact Family Houses and Neighborhoods

Are you ready motivate your students to learn their math facts? These math fact houses will have your students engaged in ;earning their addition and subtraction math facts in a snap.

Creating these fact family houses allow math concepts to be tangible and engaging. This can capture students' interest and motivation, leading to better understanding and retention. Being able to see first- hand how these addition and subtraction fact families relate, is a valuable concept to support memorization.

For mor about this activity, check it out here.

So...as you can see, combining math and art projects /crafts has numerous benefits for children's development. By engaging in math-based art projects, children not only enhance their artistic skills but also deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. These crafts provide hands-on experiences that allow children to explore mathematical concepts in a fun and interactive way. They develop critical thinking skills, spatial awareness, problem-solving abilities, and an appreciation for the beauty of math in everyday life!

I would love to hear some of your favorite math projects!  Please share in the comments!