This week children made a special snack– Pizza! We have been getting a big kick out of the book Secret Pizza Party* by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri. In this silly story, raccoon longs for the cheesy goodness of pizza, but is denied access to it because raccoon is an animal. Children can relate to wishing for something they can’t have and they enjoy the outlandishness of a raccoon munching on one of their favorite “people” foods.
The more we read together, the more children talked about their shared enjoyment of pizza. So we decided to have a pizza party– raccoon-style. The easel was set up for painting pizzas, and there were felt raccoon tails and face paints available for anyone who wanted to get into character.
Parents provided all the fixings and the dough for everyone to make a masterpiece good enough to eat!
At circle, Susan and Matt appeared as singing slices of pizza while singing “I Am A Pizza” by Charlotte Diamond.
Making pizza was AWESOME! And so was eating together.
* When reading Rubin’s book together, we opted to shift the focus slightly, replacing “Secret” with”Sneaky Raccoon,” as we intentionally teach children not to keep secrets in an effort to support safety.
*Giant Pizza Slices created by local artists Drew Laughery and Elisabeth Tschalaer.