Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Princess and the Pizza Preschool Lesson


This is a fun lesson with a built in snack!

Lesson Focuses:
  • Math - Similarities and differences; Counting
  • English - Mixed-up fairy tales
  • Practical - Cooking in the kitchen; Following directions
Materials Needed:
  • The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane and Herm Auch
  • English muffins
  • A cookie sheet
  • Cheese
  • Pizza sauce
  • Olives
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Any other pizza toppings you like


In a previous lesson I read The Princess and the Pea to the kids.  I asked them to tell me what they remembered about that story.  Then, I read the The Princess and the Pizza.  I explained the The Princess and the Pizza is a mixed-up fairy tale.  It has a lot of the same themes, but the authors change parts of the story to make it different (and usually silly).  

We then went into the kitchen.  I gave each child half of an English muffin.  I told them to create a pizza however they would like.  

While they worked on their pizzas I preheated the oven to 350 degrees. 

Once their pizzas were complete, we put them onto a cookie sheet.  We talked about the similarities between the pizzas (e.g. They all were made from English muffins; They all had cheese; Etc.).  We discussed the differences.  We did some counting (e.g. How many pizzas are there?  How many have pepperoni?  How many olives are on this pizza?).  


I popped them into the oven for 10-15 minutes while the kids had free play time.  


After cleaning up, the kids ran back to the kitchen to enjoy their pizza snack.  

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