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Monday, January 27, 2014

P is for Pizza

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We are off to a good start this week. I stayed up way too late last night getting some things ready for today, but it ended up being a lot of fun. Today, we had a great P is for Pizza day. Lots of counting and creating and we ended up with yummy homemade pizzas for lunch!

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  • Read “The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)” by Philemon Sturges … I thought this was a cute story. The little red hen has run out of bread and decides to make a pizza. The cat, dog and duck follow the traditional tale and refuse to help. The ending has a new twist where the hen actually shares her pizza.

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  • Build “P is for PIZZA” … my kids love using this Letter Construction Set.
    1. Set up all of your pizza books for the kids to see.
    2. Help them find the word “PIZZA” on each book cover.
    3. Build the word “PIZZA” with the Letter Construction Set. Available here. Instruction cards that come with the set have directions for upper and lower-case letters.

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  • Pizza Parlor Game … after a little prep the night before, this was a fun game.
    1. Cut out several pizza crusts by tracing a small bowl or plate on orange foam craft paper.
    2. Cut out pizza sauce by tracing the same bowl or plate on red foam craft paper and cutting out in a slightly smaller wavy circle shape.
    3. Cut out your choice of pizza toppings from foam craft paper! We used:
      • cheese = yellow
      • pepperoni (or canadian bacon) = pink
      • olives = black
      • green bell peppers = green
      • mushrooms = white image
    4. Make a “Pizza Menu” or print out the one I made here!
    5. Laminate your menu and cut it in half (so you have 2 menus). I use this Scotch laminator and love it.
    6. HOW TO PLAY:
      • Welcome your kids to your Preschool Pizza Parlor!P1273818
      • I started with all of the toppings in a big pile and they sorted them into this veggie tray.
      • Tell them that their first customer has arrived! Show them the menu and fill in the number of toppings you would like. I use Crayola Dry Erase Crayons. Seriously, the best and they’re washable!P1273826
        • NOTE: they also liked it when I just put an ‘X’ next to the toppings I wanted and they could put as much or as little on as they wanted.
      • Have them follow the menu and count out that many toppings.
      • Make a big deal about checking your pizza and gobbling it up when they’re done.

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  • Make homemade pizzas for lunch! … we were all hungry by lunchtime and this was the perfect meal.
    1. Let the kids help prepare your favorite pizza dough recipe. We used our go-to recipe and cut it in half.P1273829
    2. Give each of the kids their own ball of dough. Put a little flour on the table and help them roll it, squish it or stretch it out into a pizza shape.
    3. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet.
    4. Let the kids spread pizza sauce and choose the toppings they like. My 4-year-old wanted plain cheese. My 2-year-old likes olives and mini pepperoni. I had all of the above, plus orange bell peppers. Mmmm.
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  • Peg’s Pizza Place … a fun pizza game while we waited for our pizzas to cook!
    1. Play Peg’s Pizza Place on PBSkids.org
    2. The kids follow the directions to make simple pizzas.
    3. They are also introduced to simple fractions. 

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  • Fruit Pizza … this was our treat after our family night this evening. Half of it was eaten before I remembered to take a picture Smile with tongue out A perfect way to end our P is for Pizza day.
    1. Make a sugar cookie crust (or use store-bought sugar cookie dough!)
    2. Mix 8 oz. cream cheese, ½ cup sugar (I used powdered sugar) and 1½ tsp. vanilla. Spread on cooled crust.
    3. Top with sliced fruit.
    4. TIP: The best tip I read was to slice the frosted crust before putting the fruit on. So much easier (and prettier) than trying to slice through all the fruit!

9 comments:

  1. Looks like fun! We are going to be doing a pizza theme next week. I will have to make decorate a pizza.
    Kate
    Fun in ECSE

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  2. I LOVE these ideas! Pizza-themed activities are definitely a favorite!!

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    1. Thank you! It was definitely one of our favorites :)

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  3. I need some foam craft paper (I have the sticker sheets, doesn't really work for this). I LOVE IT! And I really like the new picture collages (on the top of the post and the sidebar). Looks good :)

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  4. Yummmmm! Looks like a super day in preschool!! But you should have had the BEST Pizza book ever -- Pete's a Pizza! My favorite! I'll be looking for the Little Red Hen though! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. We have used Pete's a Pizza before! It is a good one and one of my kids favorites. I decided to go with a new book this time around :)

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  5. I really appreciate you for all the valuable information that you are providing us through your blog.

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  6. Looks like this is so much fun. I'm stealing some of these ideas to keep the kids busy during the summer holidays. This is a excellent resources for some great creative ideas for kids.

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  7. Those fruit pizzas look incredibly delicious! I know that my preschoolers would love them. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your blog. Your alphabet series has given me some great activity ideas.

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