The Donut Gospel: A Donut Day Devotion for Toddlers

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If you you grew up in a Christian circle, chances are you’ve heard the song “Life without Jesus is like a donut, ’cause there’s a hole in the middle of your heart.” And I think this is a great analogy to build a foundation for our littles. Later in life they will have times when they feel empty and purposeless, but they can cling to the fact that Jesus is within them and he gives purpose. When they feel angry and bitter, Jesus is in them and gives power to forgive. When they are afraid, Jesus in them can make them brave.

So when National Donut Day, June 1st, rolled around, I jumped at this golden opportunity. This is how we celebrated.

Song: “Life Without Jesus is Like a Donut”

For this devotion we used the song, “Life Without Jesus Is Like A Donut” by The Donut Man, Rob Evans. We listened to it on the way to and from our donut shop and while we “made donuts” later in the day.

Snack: Donuts

We ate donuts, of course! Ideally, we would have “fixed” our donuts, meaning take a donut with a hole and a donut hole (sorry if that was confusing), and stuff the donut hole into the donut as we talk about how it’s like when we have Jesus in our lives he completes us and gives us life, purpose, and strength.

To be honest, we didn’t “fix” our donuts. We may do that next year when I feel Vale can better comprehend the donut analogy, as opposed to just being loaded with sugar. But we did have Timbits (Tim Horton’s donut holes).

Playdough Donuts

Later in the day we “made donuts” with playdough and beads. We made the playdough into donut shapes and decorated them with bead “sprinkles.” These donuts we did “fix” while we sang the donut song.


We, of course, watched The Donut Man. Integrity Music Kids (the producers of The Donut Man) has quite a selection of full episodes on their YouTube channel, and we watched an episode, because he “fixes” donuts and explains the analogy to the kiddos.

Keeping with our donut theme, we read a couple books about donuts, just for fun. Por Favor, Sr. Panda/Please, Mr. Panda and Yo Voy A Esperar, Sr. Panda/I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda both by Steve Anthony. The books have a lot of contrast, so reading them was a fun way to get baby Naomi involved.

Finally, we did not read this, but I saw it on the Instagram account Read To Me Activities. I’m Not A Scaredy Cat by Max Lucado is a book, featuring some donuts, that teaches littles to pray when they are scared, and I think fits perfectly into our Donut Gospel devotion, because when littles feel scared, they can know Christ is in them, so they have nothing to fear.

How did you celebrate donut day?

6 thoughts on “The Donut Gospel: A Donut Day Devotion for Toddlers

  1. Sweet! We love Donut Man. Your site is such a great resource.


    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement. The donut man is definitely a favorite over here too.


  2. My son and i enjoy having our own special time w. Jesus. Thank you for creating all these wonderful teachings specially for toddlers in both languages.


    1. We love to share what we are doing. Thanks for being here, and love that you are introducing your little one to Jesus too.


  3. Abigail Burnett April 2, 2021 — 6:31 pm

    We’re going to use some of your suggestions this afternoon as part of our Easter celebration. Using bagels and homemade carrot cake balls that are timbit size. (My kids go a little crazy on sugar.)
    Love this idea! Thank you for sharing!


    1. Oh yay! I hope it goes well for you!


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