Pizza Lesson Plans
by Heather Jeppson / ga06162008
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Today was our first pizza day and the dramatic play area I set up was a big hit with my toddler. Since it was the first day we had it up I didn't plan to do much else aside from that. We did read this book that I have pictured here. "The Pizza That We Made" by Joan Holub. It is a cute book and a Level 2 for anyone who have beginning readers in your house. I also tried to teach my son the "Pizza Hut" song. He was kind enough to watch me, but had no interest in learning it himself. That may be a better activity for older children. I learned this when I was little. Here are the words and actions for it:
"Ah Pizza Hut, ah Pizza Hut" (put fingertips together to form a triangle-a hut)
"Kentucky Fried Chicken" (flap arms in armpit like a chicken)
"and ah Pizza Hut." (hut action)
"Ah Pizza Hut, ah Pizza Hut" (repeat hut actions)
"Kentucky Fried Chicken" (chicken actions)
"and ah Pizza Hut" (hut actions)
"McDonalds, McDonalds" (put pointer fingers together and go up and and down to make an "M")
"Kentucky Fried Chicken" (flap arms)
"and ah Pizza Hut" (hut actions)
My son helped me make mini pizzas tonight. There are many different variations of this and it is called a variety of things. We used frozen Rhodes Rolls for the crust and put pizza sauce, cheese, and pizza toppings on the dough. You could use hoagie buns, hot dog buns, hamburger buns, english muffins, bagels... I think you get the picture.
If I have discovered nothing else through education and being a mother it is that borrowing ideas and adapted them to be your own is the best thing you can do so here are some links to the websites that helped me plan our pizza week:
http://stepbystepcc.com/foods/pizza.html - defintely the most helpful one I found
http://www.childrensrecipes.com/ - look up pizzas in different catagories
http://www.kraftfoods.com/ - tons of pizza recipes
We had Breakfast Pizza this morning. It was our first time trying it out. It is okay, but not a new family favorite.
For an afternoon snack I made my son this Pizza Dip that I found on (look up Pizza Dip for One).
We also added felt pizzas to our dramatic play collection. Just buy an assortment of colors and cut them out for a crust, sauce, cheese, and various toppings. If you want you could do different shapes for everything to help your child learn and recognize the different shapes. My son loves these felt pizzas and had a great time playing with them. You can make them as big or small as you want. I used the outer rim of a canning jar lid for a guide for my pizza crust circle. We, of course kept having fun with our Pizza Parlor.
I made this pizza from cardstock. It was a pattern I had out of a real old book my mom gave me. It is copyrighted so I am not going to post a template of it, but it would be real easy to make your own or find one. I love it because there is so much you can do with it. From the book my mom had it was actually a job chart. There are different pepperoni's on each pizza so it is a great counting activity and you can put numbers on the crust to match and anything else you can think of.
Tonight we had something called Cheesy Pizza Wedges. It was real good. Although I realized it was more of an appetizer than an actual meal. It does say that on the website I just didn't pay attention to that until tonight when I was making it. Really, though if you eat enough it can become a meal. :)
Our last day of the pizza theme was interrupted with other things going on in our life. However, this day was just a relaxing day to play with the dramatic play area before taking it down. My son helped me take some of it down. Something we didn't do, but I think would be fun is to help your child learn some restaurant etiquette and then practice by taking them to Pizza Hut or your favorite pizza parlor.