Make a Pizza Craft: Creative and Educational Activity for Children
Pizza is a popular food with children, and many enjoy creating customised pizzas at home. Pizza-making can also be a great way of creating a fun and engaging craft activity for children. This can range from simply drawing some pizza designs on paper to a fun afternoon of crafting and role-play that involves making, serving or delivering pizzas.
Don’t worry if you think you are not very creative or artistic or that you do not have the required tools and materials. Pizzas can be created from simple shapes and with a range of materials, including cardboard or cardstock, paper, fabric, sequins, foam and even store-bought crafting shapes. It is also possible to find printables online for pizza bases, boxes and toppings. Your pizzas could also be painted or designed using crayons, coloured pencils or felt pens. You could go for a mixed media approach and use a range of different materials.
Step 1—Create the Pizza Bases
Your pizza bases can be drawn or printed on paper, or you can create some rounds using ticker paper or cardboard. For our pizzas, I repurposed the cardboard box from a bookcase I bought recently. The thicker cardboard makes a strong and stable base for the toppings that won’t get too soggy or tear if lots of glue or paint is used.
To create the bases, find something circular that you can use as a template to draw around. A plate is a good choice, or you could use one of the cardboard or polystyrene bases that come with some store-bought pizzas. Paper plates or large foam circles are another good, easy, ready-made option. Alternatively, circles can be drawn using a compass.
Once you have traced around your shape, cut out the pizza bases using scissors or a craft knife.
Step 2—Make Some Tomato Sauce
For this step, you will need some red paper, cardstock or another material that can be easily cut and will stick. Ideas for this include felt, foam or fabric. Your sauce could also be painted or coloured onto the base.
To create the sauce pieces, draw around your pizza base (or template). Now draw a wobbly shape inside the outline. This ensures that the sauce pieces will fit onto the bases.
Draw out enough sauce pieces for your bases, and then cut them out.
Step 3—Create Cheese for Your Pizza
The cheese topping can be made in two ways:
- You can repeat step two using your choice of yellow material instead of red. If you choose this approach, don’t forget to draw the shape smaller than the tomato sauce; otherwise, the sauce will be hidden.
- The second method is to draw around a smaller circular object—for example, a cup—and cut out many yellow circles. Cheese could also be white like mozzarella or orange to match Double Gloucester, Red Leicester and other orange cheeses.
Step 4—Decide What Toppings Your Pizza Will Have
Finally, you need to decide what type of toppings to use in your pizza craft. These can be drawn and cut out or created using stickers, foam shapes or craft materials such as sequins and buttons. Toppings could also be cut out of magazines that feature pictures of food or photocopied from books and then cut out. Our toppings are from an online printable.
Step 5—Have Fun Creating Your Own Pizzas
Lay out all the prepared materials with some glue on a table, floor space or tuff spot. Additional tools such as pens, pencils and paints can also be included, if you wish.
Additional Educational Ideas to Expand on This Activity
There is a huge range of ways that this pizza craft activity can be expanded into further creative projects or other subjects. These include maths, geography, history and science. There is also the opportunity for gardening and cookery projects. Some ideas to try include:
- Maths—Counting and recording what toppings have been used. Which was most popular? Were there any that were not used at all? Findings could be recorded in graphs or pie charts or written about.
- Food and Cooking—What foods are the toppings made of? How do they grow? How do they taste? Investigate how pizzas are made. Have a go at making your own pizzas using homemade or store-bought pizza bases. What ingredients are used to make a pizza base and sauce? How are grains processed? What colour cheeses are there in the world? How many varieties of cheese are there in the world?
- Art and Crafts—Design a pizza box or logo for a pizza shop or delivery service.
- History—When were pizzas first made? Who invented pizza?
- Geography—Which country does each food originate from? Can you find them on a globe or map? Which country first made pizza?
- Gardening—Grow some plants related to pizzas, such as peppers, sweetcorn, garlic, tomatoes or onion. Research growing methods for each plant and how they are harvested.
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