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!
- 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.
- Start by cutting out 26 small red paper pepperoni slices.
- Write the alphabet on them. If your child is able to have them write the letters. Set aside.
- 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.
- While they are painting, cut out some toppings we did cheese and green peppers even though ours look like little pickles !
- Next add the glue
- Add your toppings.
- Next add more glue, I dotted it around the whole pizza.
- 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.
- Let dry.
“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!
oh gosh I LOVE this!!!
Beth- the mama bee says
Don’t forget the book “Pete’s a Pizza”
This is fun and really could be used for any skill. thanks
Making of a Montessori Mum says
What another absolutely clever idea!
Coach Nancy says
You are so creative! At our school teachers distribute ‘popcorn’ words–words for Kindergarten kids to learn by the end of the year. I could see using these too as the pizza toppings.
Such a great idea! Thank you!
Heather Tomhave says
I found your blog through the Crafty Crow and am completely hooked! You are so amazing! Just yesterday we made a little Albert the Alligator – using your letter A “Flashcard” with my little boy. He loved it! Thanks so much for sharing all of your wonderfully creative ideas!
I just love that you include the books to go along with these projects. THanks!
We LOVE pizza over here so I am definitely inspired to do a pizza theme like this.
Also, I cant get the link for your email (Celebrating Book Week) to work. Maybe it’s just me. I dont know. I’ll try again later. 😉
Thanks for sharing Allie! You are really something else!
So happy you all like this project!
I fixed the link to my email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) thank you so so much for bringing my attention to that! I should really get more sleep 🙂
Where's The Aspirin? says
Oh I LOVE this! You are so great! Every Friday it is pizza Friday and a movie. This is a great idea. I have missed your posts.
The Acitvity Mom says
LOVE this idea! Also, you inspired me to let my son use glue. Thanks!
We made pizza for dinner tonight! I think we need to do this one tomorrow! LOVE This idea!!
So cute! My son will love this b/c he is a pizza fanatic!
Adorable Pizza! A great book I can’t resist suggesting to you is Hi Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter. It is out of print so quite pricey on Amazon and the like, but available at most public libraries.
Sharon Thomas says
Great ideas thanks for sharing.