Ritz Cracker Pizza. Have children put pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni on Ritz cracker. Bake in toaster oven till cheese melts. Yum!
We make mini pizza in our classroom. I use English muffin halves (great for whole and 1/2 concept), then they use the “recipe card” to make the pizza. This is a mini poster with a “what you need” box, then sequence 1,2,3,4 of what to do. 2 Tablespoons sauce, your choice of 2 toppings and 1 scoop (coffee size) of shredded cheese. Put on baking sheet. We make snack fairly often so already know the hand washing sequence and clean up sequence. Make sure each is labeled so you know each has their own muffin. Kids love this activity.
Friendship Pizza Take sugar cookie dough and roll it out into a circle big enough to fit in a pizza pan. Bake at home to avoid a long waiting period. Bring to school and have children take turns spreading vanilla frosting on crust. Have sliced fresh fruit in different containers and let children add pieces of fruit to the crust. Explain to them that you must now cut the pizza so that everyone has a piece (sharing). I like to do this as a large group but have done it in small group.
APPLESAUCE MINI PIZZAS These are really yummy! Kind of an apple Danish taste. Don’t worry about exactness here- anything goes! This would be great for a cooking center activity, with picture cards for the children to look at.
Per child- 1/2 English muffin 1 Tbs. soft cream cheese 1 Tbs. applesauce 1 shake cinnamon a few raisins
Paper plates, plastic knives, toaster or oven.
1. Give each child an English muffin half. 2. Let each child spread muffin with cream cheese. 3. Plop the applesauce on top of the cream cheese, and spread around. 4. Shake on the cinnamon. 5. Sprinkle with raisins. 6. Toast until warm. (Can do a bunch on a cookie sheet in the oven) Cool slightly before serving.
Try making fruit pizzas. The dough is sugar cookie dough. Spread with cream cheese, and top with slices of fruits and white chocolate chips for cheese.
A favorite at our preschool is English muffin pizza’s. All you need is a few packs of English muffins, pizza sauce, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, pepperoni or any topping that the children like. Each child gets a half of the English muffin and you help them put on the pizza sauce and cheese and any other topping that they like. Then you put them in the oven for a few minutes or until the cheese is melted then enjoy. Watch them when they come out the oven they are very hot. Wait until they cool down a bit before giving them to the children. They could burn themselves. Enjoy !!
Pita Bread makes a great crust for individual pizzas. You can buy mini-pitas which are just the right size for each child to make his/her own. Children add sauce and the toppings of their choice. Put each pizza on a square of heavy duty aluminum foil with the child’s name written in permanent marker on the corner (not near the pizza). This crust most closely resembles a real pizza.
Before our pizza unit, we made individual English muffin pizzas. We used a digital camera to photograph each step (put on sauce, spread sauce with knife, sprinkle cheese, bake pizza, cut pizza, and finally- eat). We printed out these photos and laminated them to use as sequence cards during our pizza unit. We will also use them as our “recipe cards” for making pizza during our unit. You could also use a regular camera to take pictures and have them developed.
Another idea to make pizzas: Use Rhodes frozen rolls. The regular size rolls make the perfectly sized personal pizza or pepperoni/pizza roll. We follow the quick thaw directions (micro. for a few seconds), then give one to each child. Everyone has the same size and they do not stick to their hands. It’s very elastic, but if they keep pushing and pulling, it turns out great (tastes yummy too):-) Add sauce and cheese, or any other ingredients, bake in a toaster oven for about 10 mins.
Make pizza with your kids! Here are a couple of my favorite pizza recipes.
English Muffin Pizza
Let the children spread the tomato sauce on their English Muffins. Next let them add their own cheese and toppings. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.
Large white bagels
Let the children spread the tomato sauce on their bagels. Next let them add their own cheese and toppings. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.
Large flour tortillas
Let the children spread the tomato sauce on their tortilla. Next let them add their own cheese and toppings. Bake at 400 for 5-7 minutes.
On the back of the Bisquick box, double the biscuit recipe. Let the children press the dough into a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Add your sauce, toppings, and cheese. Bake for 15 minutes at 425.
Finally, you could always make your own dough!