Saturday, 22 September 2012

Italian day

As part of our "around the world in a week" project in the summer we had an Italian day. 

First of all we made the dough for our pizza as this needs to sit for a good few hours.  The recipie we used came from the NetMums book and is fairly simple to make and I have had good results with it before.

Children enjoy doing the mixing and kneeding of this, and if you have older children then they can help with the measurements too.   I tend to weigh the ingredients and pop them in small bowls for the children to pour in, and let them count the spoonfuls going in too.  Cover with clingfilm and leave it to rise...

We also decided to make pretend pizzas for our craft. For this I cut out circles from cereal packets - use a plate to draw round if you like.  And then paint with red paint - easy peasy!  Then again leave these to dry!
We later chopped up some paper/material anything really we could find in our bits and bobs box to make toppings.  We did ham, green peppers, salami and cheese but the list is endless!  And stuck these on with glue.  And here we are....almost good enough to eat?!
This activity is good for - . learning about other countries, learning about hygine when cooking and baking, exploring how food is made and trying new foods and flavours.   
Further ideas for this activity - colour pictures of Italian flag, look up pictures/map of Italy, discuss what the weather is like in Italy.  Could make other Italian foods and perhaps make a whole week out of it! 


  1. How fun (and simple). We just might have to work on an Italian night ourselves!

  2. Could also do things like Italian flag, simple Italian words :)