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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 child see the Monkey Bread in the morning before placing 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 ounce) 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 ounce) 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 plastic bag sugar mixture.

Shake to coat and place into tube pan.

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

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

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


  • 24 ounces frozen dinner roll dough
  • 10 inch tube or bundt pan
  • plastic bag
  • wax paper
  • brown sugar
  • 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)

Music Playlist

"Three Little Birdies"
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)

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 an apple tree

Two red apples look down 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!