One of my favorite things about visiting my Grandma growing up was the yummy cake doughnuts (aka donuts) with icing and sprinkles she always had for us. The local grocery made them fresh daily. She knew how much we loved them and always made sure to pick them up right before we arrived. I have carried on the tradition and pick them up for my kids when we visit grandma.
In honor of National Doughnut Day, I knew we needed to make a doughnut craft inspired by these doughnuts from my childhood.
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Our kids love any excuse to celebrate. When they heard it was going to National Doughnut Day on the first Friday in June, they promptly asked if we could eat doughnuts and do crafts and activities.
I did a little research and found out that there is some history to this day. It all started in 1938 as a fundraiser put on by the Salvation Army to help raise money during the Great Depression while honoring those who served doughnuts to the soldiers of World War I.
We pulled out one of our absolute favorite crafting item, paper plates, and mixed up some puffy paint to make this paper plate doughnut craft.
- Paper plates (we used the small dessert sized paper plates for this project)
- White school glue
- Shaving cream
- Pink & brown paint
1. Make puffy paint by mixing equal parts glue and shaving cream, add paint until desired color is reached.
2. Cut the center from the paper plates, so you are left with a ring (or doughnut).
3. Apply the puffy paint (icing) to the paper plate ring. You want to apply it thick enough so the sprinkles will have something to stick to.
4. Immediately add the sprinkles to your doughnut craft and allow to dry.
Note: Puffy paint (when applied thickly) does not dry quickly. We often leave puffy paint projects out over night to dry.
Extend the Activity:
Make homemade donuts. We love this doughnut holes recipe.
Read a book about doughnuts. Our favorite is If You Give a Dog a Donut.