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Hello, Little New-Yorkers! An amazing new exhibit has arrived at the New-York Historical Society: Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Children's Books! All month long we will be using the books featured in the exhibit for our read-alouds and as inspiration for our art projects.

In Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, author Andrea Davis Pinkney gives readers a recipe for integration:

  1. Start with love.
  2. Add conviction. 
  3. Season with hope.
  4. Extra faith to flavor.
  5. Mix black people with white people.
  6. Let unity stand.
  7. Fold in change.
  8. Sprinkle with dignity.
  9. Bake until golden.
  10. Serve immediately.

Makes enough for all.

This is what it took for four Black students, and the people who joined them, to integrate a Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960, a time when that counter was unjustly for “Whites Only.” The friends ordered a doughnut and coffee. Their bravery and patience meant that not only was their order finally filled, but a step towards racial equality was taken as well. Today we are going to make our own doughnuts, inspired by those students and the Sit-In movement. And don’t forget to join us live at 3:30 pm every Tuesday via Zoom and Friday in-person for our Little New-Yorkers Hello Song, silly games and dances, a craft, and, of course, our read aloud!


  • Download and print the 2-page Sweet Justice Template.
  • Something to color with: markers, crayons, pencils, pastels, or a cool combo!
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Scrap paper

* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!

STEP 1: Coloring

Use your coloring materials to decorate your doughnut, frosting, and sprinkles. What sort of doughnut will it be? Will the frosting be chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry? What colors will you make your sprinkles? Some of those sprinkles have the words and ideas from Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Sweet Justice recipe! What color will you use for the word “love?" How about “unity?" Or “change?"

STEP 2: Cutting

Careful cutting time! Use your scissors to cut out your doughnut, frosting, and each little sprinkle.

STEP 3: Gluing

Now it’s time to start putting all of those ingredients together. Start by gluing your frosting onto your doughnut. Next, place all of your sprinkles!

STEP 4: Extra Sprinkles

Use some scrap paper to snip up some more delicious sprinkles for your doughnut. Earth Day is celebrated in April, so this is your chance to use some recycled materials!

STEP 5: Serve Immediately

Your doughnut is done! Can you share the words on the sprinkles with a grown-up or a friend? What do they mean? What did it take for the students to be treated fairly during their Sit-In in 1960? Is everyone treated fairly today? Sharing a meal - or in this case a delicious dessert - can be one way of making new friends feel welcome.

Thanks for following along. We hope to see you, and your creations, at Little New-Yorkers soon! We’d love to see your artwork - join the conversation and tag us on social media @nyhistory!

Written by Meagan Raker