I am super excited to be a part of the Poppins Book Nook this year. This great collection of bloggers will help you to share the world of books with children each month, featuring books and activities surrounding different themes.
The March Theme is Where in the World. And as I browsed the library shelves to see where in the world we might go I came across this book- Pizza in Pienza . And I was excited to give the younger girls a taste- literally- of Italy.
The story is told by a girl who lives in Pienza, and throughout the book she shares about her little town in Italy. Through the story and great illustrations, we saw the small town through her eyes.
And of course any story about Italy will have pizza included. The narrator of the story loves pizza. And she gives us a first hand look at the history of her favorite food.
After we read about Italy and pizza and Pienza, it was easy to find some great activities to do to go along with our book.
1. First we took our world map and found Italy. (The girls always like to find it because it is shaped like a boot!) Here is a great world map to color and use to locate Italy.
2. Then we made construction paper pizzas. I cut two large round brown circles, and the girls put them on paper plates. Then I gave them several colors of construction paper and let them cut out whatever shapes they would like to make toppings. They got pretty creative.
3. From construction paper pizzas we moved to clay pizzas that we made from homemade salt dough. I found the recipe for the salt dough here and a great flour paste with which to paint our dough here. I adapted both of those recipes a bit, so here's what we did:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour- I used whole wheat flour to give our pizzas a brown look.
- 1 cup fine salt
- ½ to ¾ cup water
- Spoons or spatulas
- Measuring cups
- Mixing container (basin or bowl)
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