I love pizza—making it, baking it, eating it, the whole shebang. I also happen to dig hanging out with kids (in a non-creepy way) and teaching them how to cook. The first time, it was with the world’s most adorable toddlers (who are now in grade school!) before I ever had kids. Then, I got to try it out with my own offspring, which proved adorable, slightly annoying, and delicious. I even had the crazy idea to teach teens how to make pizza dough from scratch, and that was…messy. So of course, what is the first thing I think about doing when we were returning a babysitting favor for a few friends with toddlers?
Yeah. I may be insane. Or the coolest mom ever. It varies from day to day 🙂
The details on the set up and more after the break!
So, first thing to do is prep the hell out of the recipe. For dough, this is my go to recipe, but feel free to use your favorite. Cook any toppings that need to be cooked, chop them, shred, whatever needs to happen before the toddlers enter. This is of utmost importance when entertaining multiple toddlers—be ready to jam when they arrive or pay the consequences (namely, dough-eating and throwing).
Next, cover everything that the toddlers will come in contact with in plastic wrap. This will save you hours of cleaning flour out of random places later, trust me.
From there, the activity has two basic steps:
1. Give the kids their dough on a well-floured table to play with and “shape”. After around three minutes of playing, gently help them make their dough flat and round.
2. Let the kids put their toppings on their pizza. Each kid had their own plate to pile their toppings on before placing them on their pizzas. Help them with balancing the toppings on the pizza before putting in the oven to bake!
Baking break! The kids started watching The Lion King until it got too scary (Damn Scar!), so I suggest doing a quick dance party during this time.
After the copious amounts of toppings they consumed, I was personally shocked that all the kids liked and ate their pizza. I thought they’d be too full! But my daughter always seems more excited to eat dinner when she gets to “help” cook it, so I need to start toddler-fying other recipes. Maybe a kid-spiced curry?
What do your kids like to cook with you? If you don’t have kids, what is a recipe that you think could be made kid-friendly like this pizza recipe? Talk to me!