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Monkey Bread

Using baking to reinforce skills

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  • Waking up in the morning to the smell of fresh baked goods is delightful. The night before put this Monkey Bread together and pop into the oven in the morning for a yummy start to the day.  Remember to have the child see the Monkey Bread in the morning before placing it in the oven to experience the rising of the dough.


24 ounces frozen dinner roll dough (use white/wheat from Rhodes, Pillsbury, etc.)

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 (3.4 ounces) package regular butterscotch pudding mix (can try vanilla flavor)

Optional - 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

     1/4 cup raisins 


The night before (8 hours), grease a 9 or 10-inch tube or bundt pan

Melt 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)

Mix together 1 cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon,  and 1 (3.4 ounces) package regular butterscotch pudding mix in a plastic bag.

Dip frozen dough rolls into the butter to coat and place 4 or more rolls at a time into the plastic bag sugar mixture.

Shake to coat and place into tube pan.

When all rolls are coated, pour the remaining ingredients on top of the pan.  

If using nuts and raisin, add when the pan is half full and at the end.

  • Leave on the counter overnight.  Cover lightly with wax paper.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40  minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes and turn the pan over onto a serving plate.  Best eaten informally with each person pulling pieces of the dough to eat! 


Mix up ingredients beforehand  and let the child do the shaking of the rolls in the plastic bag and just place in the pan


This is a fun activity for a child to make and to give as a thank you to a neighbor, school mate, teacher, family member, etc. Chat about the reasons you are thanking this person.


When did you begin to smell the monkey bread?

Why does an oven need to be hot to cook the food?

Would you rather have a cook or a maid in your home?


  • 24 ounces frozen dinner roll dough
  • 10-inch tube or bundt pan
  • plastic bag
  • wax paper
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • walnuts and raisins (optional)
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package of regular butterscotch pudding mix
  • oven

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Circle, Square
  • Color - Red
  • Number - Three, 3
  • Alphabet Letters - C, R
  • Senses - Smell
  • Character Trait - Manners
  • Target Words - On, Top, High, Low

Monthly Proverb

Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have them do to you

Did You Know?

“The human brain is 90% developed by age 5." Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Books to Read

"Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners"
by Laurie Kelly (Activity 12)

"The Alphabet Book"
by P.D. Eastman (Activity 4)

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
by Jim Aylesworth (Activity 13)

"The Alphabet Book". VIDEO
by P.D. Eastman (Activity 4)

"Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners" VIDEO
by Laurie Kelly (Activity 12)

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" VIDEO
by Jan Brett (Activity 13)

Music Playlist

"Three Little Birds"
by Bob Marley Album Legend (Reggae) (Activity 6)

"Race: The Final Starlight Express"
Album Starlight Express Original Cast (Broadway - Pop) (Activity 18)

"Clap Your Hands Now"
by Pam Donkin Album A Hop, Skip, and a Jump (Children) (Activity 15)

"Three Little Birds" VIDEO
by Bob Marley (Activity 6)

"Clap Your Hands Now" VIDEO
by Pam Donkin (Activity 15)

"Race: The Final Starlight Express" VIDEO
by Starlight Express Original Cast (Activity 18)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Way Up High In An Apple Tree

(Activity 26 Month 3)

Way up high in the apple tree

Two little apples smiled at me

I shook that tree as hard as I could

Down came the apples

Mmmmmm they were good.

Peter (child’s name) Uses One Hammer

(Activity 21 Month 3)

Peter (use child’s name) hammers with one hammer one hammer one hammer 

Peter hammers with one hammer all day long (tap fist on the floor)

Pater hammers with two hammers, two hammers two hammers (tap other fist too) Peter hammers with two hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with three hammers, three hammers three hammers (add one  foot) Peter hammers with three hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with four hammers four hammers four hammers (tap other  foot too along with fists) Peter hammers with four hammers all day long.

Peter hammers with five hammers five hammers five hammers (use your head)  Peter hammers with five hammers And then he goes to sleep!