Who Stole the Cookie?

Fun Circle Game! “Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?”

I used to love playing this circle game when I was at school and now I have a book to read and an inference activity to go with the game!

Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar? * by Jane Manning is a cute junior primary book that has interactive tabs on each page to see to pull to see if you can figure out who’s hand is in the jar…piggy, kitty, bunny, dog or mouse?


After reading the book, students can draw their own picture showing who stole the cookies, and then attach a second piece of paper to the top of their page to create a lift the flap. They can write three clues on the top page for others to use their inference skills to try to work out who stole the cookies!

At the end of the lesson you can then play the circle game:

– Have a set of cards made up

– all are blank except for one that has a cookie drawn or printed on it.

– Have students sit in a circle & hand out cards, face down, so no one knows who has the cookie card.

– Get the kids to start a beat by clapping their hands & then their legs (hands, legs, hands, legs).

– Once in unison start the song…

Teacher: Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?
Lisa stole the cookie from the cookie jar.

Lisa: Who me? (She will turn her card over, it’s blank)

Class: Yes you.

Lisa: Couldn’t be.

Class: Then who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?

Lisa: Johnny stole the cookie from the cookie jar.

Johnny: Who me? (Checks card & discovers he has the cookie*)

Class: Yes you.

Johnny: Yes! I stole the cookie from the cookie jar!

Keep the song going until the person who has the cookie card is revealed!



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