Unlike most CC, the childcare that the kids attend don’t ask parents to pay money for costume or props for their year end event. But rather use recycled and raw materials to make what is required. So to raise funds for that and also to employ some professional help for that day, they always held a food event where the kids will make food for sale.
It’s a big event for the kids as they have to think of what to make, make it and ‘advertise’ it to the general public. I really like it as its a chance for parents to meetup with the school and other kids and also to sample the skills of the kids. The kids learn to cook and summon courage to ‘talk’ to strangers.
This year the girl’s teacher asked if we will like to help by teaching the kids how to cook something. We thought about it and decides that pizza making will be good for them (age 4, Nursery). We even enrolled the help from the boy’s class (age 5, K1).
So here is what you need to do.
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 satchel (11g) of yeast
- 3 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 cup warm water
Pour everything into a big bowl and knead till smooth. Cover and rest for 30-60mins.
For the older kid, you can get them to help measure the ingredients while the younger ones can count (numeracy). The biggest measuring spoon that the school had was 1/2 cup. So I took the opportunity to ask the kids how many spoons will we need in order to make 3 cups. Some of the K1 was able to provide the correct answer. The kneading process also allow them to train up on their little muscles. And to feel the flour turn into dough is a good sensory “play”. Some kids were commenting that it felt like play doh.
- Tomato Paste
- Sausages / Ham / Cooked Meat (e.g teriyaki chicken)
- Pineapples / Apples
- Bell Pepper
- Mozzarella Cheese
While waiting for the dough to rest, the kids can help prepare the toppings. We purposely left the skin intact for the fruits when we were cutting them so the kids get to deskin it (trains fine motor skills). We also got the kids to slice the sausages.
After resting the dough, the kids got to roll out the dough using a rolling pin and turn over a paper plate to cut out the pizza base. This trains their hand eye coordination.
Put the cut out pizza base in the oven that has been preheated to 180 degree C, for 3-5 mins for drying. Next spread the tomato paste as base, put some cheese and the toppings you want, top up with more cheese and pop it into the oven at 170 degree C. Once the cheese melt and it’s more or less ready.
The kids can of course help to decorate their own pizza. When we did it at home, the kids got to place the ingredients nicely like forming a circle using bell peppers. Unfortunately at school it was a little too chaotic to decorate to this kind of fine details.
It was a nice experience for me as I got to know my kids’ friends better. And I love doing cooking or baking with the kids as I find that they can learn a lot. And when they see the fruits of their labor they are usually very elated.
Besides, I also learned from the kids. One of my boy’s classmate always bake with her grandma. So she is actually very good at kneading. For a noob like me, I learned from her the proper way to knead. And when I was helping the kids deskin the apples I had wanted to give up as there were just too many apples. But seeing the kids persevered on, I was ashamed and sat through with them.
Although we made this in school, you can also do it at home. It’s pretty easy even for a noob like me (Chubby is the one who can cook). And the time spend bonding over this pizza is priceless.
Do you have any good baking or cooking recipes that I can do with my kids? Share it here. TIA.