Letter Pizza Craft

letter recognition crafts for kids
We had frozen Pizza the other night and I kept the cardboard it came on to reuse it for something fun. We’ve made a shape pizza already so today we decided on a letter pizza. Good move. We had fun and this activity is so easy to adapt for any skill you are focusing on. Numbers, letters , even sight words could work!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a round piece of cardboard ( paper will work fine!), some red, green and beige construction paper, scissors, glue , paint, a paint brush and a marker. Oh and a paper punch for the circles if you are as bad at cutting circles as I am.
  2. Start by cutting out 26 small red paper pepperoni slices.
  3. Write the alphabet on them. If your child is able to have them write the letters. Set aside.
  4. Invite your little artist to paint the crust, we used orange paint but there is no rule, your pizza can be purple, or green or whatever color feels right! Also a quick tip using sponge brushes like the one we are using is a great way of getting only a little paint on things. Perfect for toddlers. However if they are still putting things in their mouth, skip em, they can be bitten off and pose a chocking hazard.
  5. While they are painting, cut out some toppings we did cheese and green peppers even though ours look like little pickles !
  6. Next add the glue
  7. Add your toppings.
  8. Next add more glue, I dotted it around the whole pizza.
  9. Add our letter pepperoni . Take time to ask your child what letter they are putting on, which is their favorite and what happens if they turn it upside down? If they respond well to you asking them keep going, if they want to be left in peace, chill out and let them soak it in themselves.
  10. Let dry.

Books!




” The Princess and The Pizza”by Mary Jane and Herm Auch is really a cute re telling of the classic Princess and the Pea. They have modernized it and made it a little more feminist in the process, exactly my kind of book. The text is a little long for toddlers but my son sat through about half before wanting to go back and look at the illustration of the horse on the first page. The message is sweet, saying that a woman doesn’t need a man or marriage to attain her goals! Beware though it will make you crave pizza!
“Did Dinosaurs Eat Pizza?” by Lenny Hort has nothing to do with pizza after the first page. However it’s a fantastic book about what we don’t know about dinosaurs. A wonderful introduction for our smallest paleontologists about scientific theories. I did try to read this with my 2 year old and it was partially a success. The illustrations by John O’Brien are so well done that for a child who isn’t into the text, they are still entertained. My son was so into the illustrations that I stopped reading the words out loud . He had so many questions about the pictures, and wanted me to see all the fun things he was seeing. The book itself would be great for 4 and up, but if you have a little dinosaur lover I would try it younger , why not?


” The Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza” by Philomen Sturges is a great retelling of the classic story. Kids will be able to relate to this hen not getting any help for all her hard work. Luckily her friends realize their mistake and do the dishes after she shares her yummy pizza. Since originally recommending this book it’s made a move from the bookshelf to the dresser pile of books that are in rotation for before nap and bedtime reading. A sure sign it’s kid approved!

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Awesome Announcement !

I am so excited to announce that starting this coming Monday you will be able to find even more of our activities, crafts and book recommendations at FamilyEducation.com


I am their newest parent blogger and will feature all new projects , and a few old favorites, as well as have tips on crafting, and incorporating learning time into your day at home. I am honored to join a wonderful group of bloggers at FamilyEducation.com

Computer Issues Repost !

My computer is in the shop, and we all know how fun the library is with a toddler , enjoy this old post ! I will be back online Thursday

Drum!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need an old beverage mix container, or coffee can. We are using a huge Lemonade can because my husband drinks far too much of it. You will also need some tissue paper, glue, some tape, a pastry or paint brush and a small plate or plastic lid.
  2. Tape or glue down the plastic lid to the drum.
  3. Pour some glue onto a plastic lid or plate , you will be brushing on the glue with the paint brush .
  4. Have your child paint on the glue. I was shocked how well my little guy did, as long as no glue was dripping off the brush he didn’t even try to eat it. Normally he has a hankering for glue.
  5. Cover the can in big pieces of tissue paper. I used a dark color so you couldn’t see the writing on the container but if you are using a container that is free of all that you can skip this step.
  6. While your child is covering the can with big pieces, cut out some smaller pieces of tissue in contrasting colors.
  7. Glue those on.
  8. Let dry.
  9. Start making music! ( I swear my child isn’t always in sleepers, we usually do art in the early am , and he was drumming away right before nap. )


Argh !

Hello! Just a quick note from my local library – my computer is getting fixed and my house is spic and span since I have a whole bunch of free time. I have some great posts just waiting to go up as soon as my lap top is back, and until then I have a few old post that are probably new to most of you.
The blog roll is on it’s way and emails will be answered asap too .
Thanks
~ Allie