Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?
The Classic Cookie Thief Sing-Along
"Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?" is a great song/game for preschoolers and primary-age children that works as an icebreaker, a mini-lesson in rhythm or attentiveness, or a mildly competitive game. The lyrics are simple and fun, and it's always sure to draw smiles and giggles, maybe even a little rush of adrenaline from kids. This song works well in a classroom circle time or at camp. We even play it in our family sometimes.
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"Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?" Book - I highly recommend this book.
Several books are based on this popular song, but is my favorite. It's great fun for kids and packs in a whole lot of learning. My three-year-old received it as a gift from his grandparents recently and he has asked for it to be read read several times each day. You can even preview a video of this "Who Stole the Cookie" book from this oneMoving Picture Books.
Here is what I've found that kids can learn.
- Math: There are ten cookies on the first page and the number decreases by one on each subsequent page. (Counting down from ten to one)
- Poetry: The lines of the story follow a clear rhyme and rhythm pattern.
- Predictive Skills: Each suspected cookie thief is foreshadowed by appearing in a picture on the previous page. Also the line before ends with a word that rhymes with the upcoming suspect; "Eat a cookie? How I wish! But it must have been the. . . (turn the page) FISH!"
- Courtroom images: Not found in many kids books, this one has a judge, court reporter, witnesses, defendants, prosecutors, print and TV media, and a confession. Of course this is all portrayed light-heartedly and the parent can choose whether to discuss these pictures or not.
- Moral: The cookie thief realizes in the end that what he did wasn't fair so he shares the last cookie.
Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? - Lyrics
"Who Stole the Cookie" is usually sung with the children sitting in a circle and clapping or snapping to the rythme. It works on a bus too. A variation is that a child who misses a line or misses the beat after having his/her name called goes into the cookie jar (middle of the circle) and continues to participate from there. Here are the "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar" words.
Accuser: Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?
(name of a child in the circle) stole the cookie from the cookie jar.
Accused: Who, me?
Accuser/Group: Yes, you!
Accused: Couldn't be! (or "Not me!")
Accuser/Group: Then who?
The Accused then goes back to line two and says a different person's name.
Who Took the Cookie? - Teaching Tips and Activities
The good folks at Super Simple Songs have put together this classroom video of "Who Stole the Cookie." You'll notice that they've simplified the lyrics to make the song more effective for English language learners. They also have a page of "Who Stole the Cookie" activities and teaching tips, including printable cards to turn the song into a game.
More "Who Stole the Cookie" Printables, Activities, and Lesson Plans - Ready to use in your Classroom
- "Who Stole the Cookies" Printable from Scholastic
The song lyrics are here with a suggestion to help chidlren remember one another's names.
- "Who Stole the Cookie" Felt Set
This is a cute felt set from an etsy seller. Buy it or get an idea from the picture to make your own.
- Practice Numbers and colors with the song.
Registration required to download, but you can check out the thumbnail to see if it's worth your while.