A Delightful Dish of a Dozen Donuts

For this toddlers craft, you can make as many or as few donuts as you want. I just used this name for the craft to emphasize the sound of the Letter D.


  • Craft Dough
  • Paints
  • Paint Brushes
  • Circle Shapes (one big, one small) as cookie cutters
  • Glitter or Sprinkles (optional)

How to Make a Dozen Donuts

Step 1: Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Step 2: This step is for adults but the kids can help knead the dough. Make your craft dough using 2 1/2 cups flour, one cup salt and one warm water. Knead the dough until all is moist and form into a ball. If the dough is too flaky, add water. If it is too sticky, add flour.

Step 3: Roll the dough out onto a cookie sheet or waxed paper.

Step 4: Using the larger circle shaped object, have the kids press it down into the dough to make the outer part of a donut. Now do the same on the inside of the circle with the smaller circle object (this is the donut hole).

Step 5: Place the donuts on your cookie sheet and bake until outside feels hard (about 1 to 1 1/2 hours). Take out of the oven and let the donuts cool completely.

Step 6: Once the donuts are cooled, have the kids paint (or frost them as I like to say) the donuts with the color of their choice.

Tip: While the paint is still wet you can sprinkle some glitter on to represent sprinkled donuts or use actual sprinkles.

There you have it! A delightful dish of a dozen donuts. This shapes crafts idea does require patience while waiting on the baking and cooling. So if you are doing this for a large group of kids you may want to have the donuts ready ahead of time and just let them do the painting.

What we did is I purchased a dozen plain donuts (the real ones you can eat) and some ready made frosting. Then we put a bit of frosting in different containers and had the kids stir in some food coloring.

Then we let them frost their donuts and added sprinkles. And of course we did this after they ate dinner, so this was their dessert. By the time we were done with this kids activity, the craft dough was ready so they could complete their circle shape craft.

To incorporate learning the Letter D, you can ask your child to name other foods that start with this sound like danish, dill pickles, deviled eggs, etc.