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Baker Baker, Cookie Maker – Preschool Color and Counting Activities -C Week Lesson Plan Ideas

Baker Baker, Cookie Maker – Preschool Color and Counting Activities -C Week Lesson Plan Ideas

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Help your preschooler learn and develop several early learning concepts using a charming easy-to-read book featuring Cookie Monster! These ideas also work well with an educator or parent focusing on the letter “C.”

Book: Baker Baker Cookie Maker by Linda Hayward

Target Audience: toddler – Pre-K

Review: Baker Baker Cookie Maker features beloved Cookie Monster as a popular town baker. Poor Cookie can’t seem to keep enough cookies in stock to enjoy one for himself! The story is told in rhyme, and the illustrations featuring other favorite Sesame Street characters are sure to delight young readers.

The story is a fantastic vehicle for various early learning concepts. The draw of the popular characters coupled with the bouncy text is sure to hold the interest and attention of even the littlest of learners.

My three year old son and I recently began doing some preschool work together in the mornings. Here is what he and I did together:

C week lesson plan ideas

Cookie Monster book1. Read the book

As I read, I found that Harry naturally repeated back  many of the words and phrases. Reading aloud to your child helps build their fluency, as you provide a model of what good reading sounds like. The rhyming text is an added bonus, as rhyme has been shown to help children learn to decode words and develop understandings of word families.

My general rule of thumb is to read every book once for pure enjoyment. (Yes, I fight the teacher instincts inside me!) Allow your child to simply soak up the words on the page – and provide time to take in all of the illustrations.


2. Let’s Make Cookies Dice Game

I created this fun learning game to not only correlate with the story, but to teach my son some early math concepts.

printable dice game for preschoolers

Learning Targets: 

  • Learn to count dots on a die
  • Learn that numbers can be represented in different ways
  • Gain an understanding of one-to-one correspondence (each dot represents one number)

To Play:

1. Print out a copy of the printable I created.

2. Roll a die. Help your child count the dots.

3. If your child rolls a 3, have him/her draw 3 chocolate chips on the first cookie. Continue in this manner, rolling the die for each cookie on the sheet.


4. Make C’s

With young learners and early writers, I tend to keep letter work as informal as possible. Young children are easily intimidated by lined paper. At this age, aim for attempts.  The idea here is for your child to gain a familiarity of the letter, increase their ability to recognize the letter, and gain a very basic understanding of how to form the letter.

I pull out a piece of scratch paper and model a few C’s for my child. Next, I take his hand in mine, and we draw several together using the “hand over hand” method. Finally, I ask him to attempt to make a few C’s on his own.

We will repeat this process every day of our learning week. Often, the marked improvement from day one to day five is quite remarkable! Kids WILL get it. Practice and patience over time is key.

boy working on letter c


5. Make Cookies

I’m not sure you could use this book as part of your curriculum without making cookies!! You can check out a few of my favorite cookie recipes that I’ve posted on my other site, Chasing Supermom.

cookies baking in oven

As you work to make the cookies, allow your child to be a part of the process as much as possible. Let him/her add ingredients. Allow them to help mix the dough. Talk about the various ingredients as you add them. We talk about what color the ingredients are, where they come from, and what type of texture they have. Cooking provides incredible opportunities for rich language and new vocabulary!!

*We of course had to taste a cookie…..for the sake of education! 😉

6. Re-read the book

It is important to read through books multiple times. I cannot stress enough how important re-reading is!!

This time, as you read, ask your child questions. How does Cookie Monster feel? What should he do to solve his problem? What do you notice in the picture? What kind of cookies would you bake? Get your child in the habit of THINKING while reading. Reading is an active activity. It is not passive. Help your child learn to become engaged in the story.

*You may find that your child will ask you to read the story several more times throughout the day!! Remember that with each re-reading, your child is further developing his/her fluency and overall comprehension. Say “yes” as often as possible.

7. Frost the Cookies Color Game

I developed this game to help my son work on color and color word recognition.

color sight words printable

Learning Targets: 

  • Learn to distinguish specific colors from a group
  • Learn to identify color words
  • Develop fine motor skills

To Play: 

1. Print out a copy of the printable I created.

2. Read a color word printed on a cookie aloud to your child. Point to the word as you read it. “This says blue.” Then ask, “Can you find a blue crayon?”

For this activity, I like to have my crayons in a large container – so the child will have to sort through the crayons in order to find the right color. For children JUST beginning  to learn their colors, offer a choice of two or three crayons each time. *It is important to note that it is healthy for kids to learn how to be wrong. If a child learns from an early age that it is OKAY to give a wrong answer, he/she will be far less inhibited in the classroom later on.

3. Have your child color or “frost” each cookie with the appropriate color. Coloring at a young age can help develop fine motor skills.


Bekki Lindner

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