National Pizza Party Day

Friday is National Pizza Party Day! Pizza making is actually a GREAT activity to do with your family, says Ellie Hirsch, AKA The Mommy Master.

Reasons why you should make pizza with your kids:

  • It’s a way to bond with your child:
    • Making pizza together or cooking in general is a special time where you can have one on one time and take a break from the grind of running to activities, etc.
    • Cooking is also great for multiple children as well where everyone can have their assigned duties and work together as a family team.
    • Families can laugh together, decipher cooking instructions together (which teaches the lesson of following directions, everyone doing their part and following through together as parent and child) and witness their yummy outcome while knowing it was accomplished together.
  • It’s a great way to reach and teach your child:
    • Cooking is a time where mother and child/ren can discuss their day and connect with each other.
    • A cooking lesson can be tailored to any topic a child is learning at school, at any age and stage.
      • Have a color themed pizza lesson, i.e. only use red toppings like sauce, pepperoni, red peppers, etc.
      • Count anything and everything from the spoonfuls of sauce for pizza to the number of pepperoni slices on top.
      • Make a pizza in different shapes.
      • Create mathematical questions, i.e. if I have 10 mushrooms and I happen to eat two right now, how many mushrooms do I have left?
  • Pizza making is a lesson in teamwork and following through:
    • Whether it’s working together as a family unit or in situations that involve siblings, teammates, friends and classmates, team work is an important topic for children to learn.
    • If there is a recipe to follow, and something is left out because someone is not doing their share, the outcome is not as it should be and it affects everyone.
    • Whether the task is to watch the oven timer or measure out a specific amount of an ingredient, cooking is a commitment that needs to be followed through until the end result.
    • If someone doesn’t put the cheese on the pizza, it is just dough with red sauce.
    • Similar to that recipe, in life, if we don’t follow through, we can let others down who are depending on us.
    • If a child expresses an interest in cooking the meal with a parent, they cannot decide half way through that they would rather play blocks.
    • Cooking is a commitment that needs to be attended to from start to finish, just like a team sport a child signs up for or a volunteer role.
    • Cooking teaches us that when we work together as a team, we can accomplish anything.
  • Cooking with children can lead to more appreciation for the parent:
    • To a child, food appears on their plate just like that and they may not understand all the steps it took to get there.
    • To the parent, it involves many phases, including the trip to the grocery store and buying the ingredients, finding the time to prepare them, cooking them, serving them and then cleaning up.
    • Cooking with a child demonstrates that the job of mom (or dad) is not as easy at it may seem.
    • Cooking together gives children knowledge about how hard a parent works to make it all work.

 

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