Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Midweek Moments-Sunflower Pizza

Every day I drive by the most beautiful sunflowers, and it always makes me smile. I love the big flower heads, now starting to bend with the weight of seeds. I also love the small little wild sunflowers that fill empty lots and freeway medians near my home. Sunflowers are the epitome of summer. With back to school looming, it feels like summer is quickly coming to an end. I need to slip a few last little bits of summer in before I begin back to school stories and snacks. Sunflower pizzas are a great way to catch just a little more summer magic.

The book I chose is "This is the Sunflower", but there are several other sunflower books that could work.

For each flower you will need:
     Half of an English muffin
     Marinara sauce (about a tablespoon per flower)
     Cheese slices (can be different types of cheese)
     Sliced olives and or pepperoni
     
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place an English muffin half on a piece of parchment for each child. Add a spoonful of sauce to each muffin and have your child spread it around with the back of a spoon or a butter knife. Spreading is good small motor practice.


Next, give your child cheese slices cut into strips. Have your child cut triangles in their desired size and shape. This can be done easily with a butter or plastic knife. Cutting things like cheese slices is also good small motor practice, and an excellent way to introduce children to cutting things with a knife safely. This activity also helps children see that triangles can be make from rectangles, and vice versa. This is an important spatial skill.



Place cheese triangles around the outside of the English muffin (to make the sunflower petals). Leave space in the middle of the muffin. This space can be filled with sliced olives, pepperoni, or anything else your child likes on pizza. It could even be filled with a different color or kind of cheese.






Bake in a 375 degree oven until cheese is just melted. Allow to cool and eat!


Tips and tricks:
*Cheese petals can go off the edge of the muffin, but not too far.
*Write names on the parchment to ensure that everyone gets their own sunflower back!
*This same idea could be used to create animals or things! Pirate pizzas anyone?
*As always remember-
                  You are making memories, not masterpieces!



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