Who doesn't love pizza? I know my children love pizza. Well, my daughter loves pizza, but my son, he is a part time pizza lover. Anyway, we've made pizza at few times at home, but we have ordered out more times than I care to remember. My daughter loves placing her order when we order out, so I thought it would be nice to create these cute order forms for our homemade pizza night. Making pizza is great for teaching math concepts. The pizza can be used as a manipulative to help create the visual representation of fractions. Children can see how a pizza is cut into eight equal parts. They can also learn about angles as cut the pizza. And let's not forget the science of it. Children will observe the chemical changes from the start of waiting for the dough to double in size and the change of the dough as it cooks.
The recipe below makes 2 medium size pizzas
Step 1, In a small bowl, mix together the 1 1/2 cup WARM water and 1 teaspoon yeast. Let it sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you will notice bubbles.
Step 2, In a separate medium size bowl, add 4 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt.
Step 3, Pour the yeast mixture into the flour and mix it all together until a dough forms. Sprinkle very little flour on a clean surface and gently knead the dough into smooth ball. Then place the dough back into the bowl.
Step 4, Pour 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil or vegetable oil onto the dough and rub it all over. Cover it with a towel and let it sit for 1 hour until the dough rises. I personally like to put my bowl in the oven with the light on to generate a little heat.
Step 5, The fun part! Your dough should have doubled in size. Punch a hole into the dough to release the air. Actually, don't do that. Let the kids do it; they will think it's the coolest thing ever. Then, cut your dough in half. You can make two pizzas or place one dough in the freezer. If you choose to freeze, place the dough into a large size Ziploc bag with enough room for the dough to expand. It can be frozen for up to 6 months.
Step 6, Preheat oven to 450. Sprinkle very little flour onto a clean surface and roll your dough out into a circle. Then, transfer the dough to a pizza pan. Add pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings. With the extra dough, I cut it in half for the kids. I provided a smaller dough for the children because it would be easier for them to manage.
Hi, I am Odessa. I'm a mom of two wonderful children and a teacher. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Science in Childhood Education with over 10 years of PreK and Kindergarten experience. I am a lover of all things literacy for children and their curiosity of the world. Get comfy and click around my site. I hope you find something you'll like, and something your kids will love! P.S. Akwaaba means 'welcome' :)
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