Spring break just wouldn’t be the same without favorite family fun food. Special meals and snacks that children can help with the planning, shopping, cooking and serving will become memories. Children love to mix ingredients and watch them become delicious dishes. For children cooking is not just making dinner it is a magical science show.
You don’t want your little one standing around waiting while you cook. If you have very young children you might want to do any chopping, slicing before the cooking fun starts. Little ones like to stir, wash produce, kneed and stretch dough, roll meat balls, and set the table.
This is a great opportunity for children to practice reading and math. Have them read the instructions measure and pour ingredients. Wonderful time to practice fractions.
If your children are older they can cut vegetables, cheese, meats, bread, crack eggs, help with the blender, processor and microwave.
A great spring break family fun treat is to make your own pizza. Children choose a crust, add sauce, cheese, and select their own toppings.
Things You'll Need:
Refrigerated or thawed pizza dough, or for a very child friendly try English muffins. (Pre-made pizza dough can be found at your local supermarket in cans in the dairy case or in the frozen foods section, prepared shells such those made by Boboli, or a package of English muffins-split.)
Pizza sauce in a can or bottle.
Favorite pizza toppings:
· Extra cheese
· Black olives
· Green peppers
· Sundried tomatoes
Cook raw meat toppings, such as chicken or sausage, and caramelize onions and peppers.
Pizza baking pan or cookie sheet.
Have each family member roll with rolling pins or use their hands to shape their dough into a round circle. Or everyone has their own English muffin. Place on cookie sheets or pizza pans.
Each family member spreads sauce over their pizzas with a spoon, top with cheese and desired toppings.
Have an adult bake at 450 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Depending on the size of your pizzas one pan.
While waiting for all the pizzas to cook you can read a pizza book:
· A Pizza the Size of the Sun by Jack Prelutsky and James Stevenson
· Red Pizzas for a Blue Count (Geronimo Stilton #7) by Geronimo Stilton
· Pizza Counting by Christina Dobson
· Pizza at Sally's by Monica Wellington
· Pizza Pat (Step-Into-Reading, Step 2) by Rita Golden Gelman
· Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
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