Invitation to Create: Pizza Art

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This was an activity which aimed to fill the potentially crotchety time just before dinner.  N and I had made pizza dough that afternoon (another fun and sensory exercise involving measuring, weighing, mixing, kneading the dough and learning about yeast),

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…and when L got home from school I set it up as an “Invitation to Create” and let them do their own thing.  I set out two pizza bases with two knives, a selection of vegetables, cheeses and quorn ham, some sauce made with passata, garlic and red pesto and we were away!  I tried to give them a variety of colours, textures, smells and flavours, but really we just used what was in the cupboard and obviously any combination of toppings would work well.

I like this in that it combines a lesson in independence, which I believe boosts children’s self-esteem, and creative, multi-sensory play.  The perfectionist in me has to be silenced and told firmly that it doesn’t matter whether the toppings are evenly distributed, but I bit my tongue and let them get on with it.

There was spreading, sharing out toppings fairly (counting and division going on), tasting, and careful art work.

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All in all, the pizzas looked pretty damn fine, and it did avoid that post-school, pre-dinner hour of doom, and as a bonus, dinner was sorted!  It is always good to remember that simple everyday activities can provide the play experiences that children need – and they prove it by loving cooking and housework!

 

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