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As an early childhood educator, I have had the pleasure of creating and making presentations at a number of child care conferences.

One of my favourite (and most popular) sessions was “Books Alive”… bringing books to life throughout your early childhood curriculum.

I have recently started exploring books this way with my daughter, and I thought I would take some time to share a sample of “Books Alive” with you.

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Books Alive!

Language Arts

Read the book: Pete’s A Pizza by William Steig

Pete's a Pizza - William Steig

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Discuss various new vocabulary words from the book

Mathematics

Write and chart our favourite pizza toppings.

Look at flyers of pizzas. Count the toppings on each pizza in the picture. How many pepperoni? How many tomatoes?

Eat pizza. When cutting the pizza, the idea of fractions can be shared by first cutting the pizza in half (two pieces), then cut it in half again (there’s now four pieces)… and so on.

Social studies

Take a field trip to a neighbourhood pizza parlor. If possible, “interview” someone who works at the pizza parlor. Discuss the different jobs at the pizza parlor. Draw a map of the walk/drive to the pizza parlor.

A follow up activity can be to play pizzeria. Set up a pizza parlour. Use pizza flyers, make menus and money, gather toy food, aprons, dishes and a small table to set up a small pizza parlour in your home.

Science

Bake a pizza together. Baking is a great way to introduce science concepts to children (i.e. watching the dough rise, the cheese melt, witnessing the transformation from raw to cooked, etc.).

Art

Sculpt pizzas out of play dough!

Draw and design a pizza sign, flyer, or poster.

Music

Sing along to “I am a Pizza” off of the album 10 Carrot Diamond by Charlotte Diamond.

Charlotte Diamond - I am a Pizza

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Physical Education

Dancing to “I am a Pizza”

Play pizza tag. Someone is the baker and everyone else is the pizza toppings.

Health

Discuss the four food groups. How can we make sure that the pizza we eat is healthy? What else would we need to add to a meal of pizza to make the meal healthier?

Additional Activities

Felt board fun. Make pizza items out of felt material. Get some new, unused pizza boxes and children can have fun assembling their own felt pizzas!

A memory game can be made easily by collecting pictures of pizzas and pizza items. Mount the pictures on durable index cards and there you go… a memory game!

Make a book about your exploration of pizzas. Take pictures of all your activities and “write” the “story” about your activities. Laminate the pages to make your book more durable.

I could go on and on… as you can see, the possibilities are endless! Are you craving pizza yet? I know I am!

I’m working on bringing Little Cloud by Eric Carle “alive” with a variety of activities. I can’t wait! It’s amazing how something as ordinary as reading a book, can easily be made into something so extraordinary!



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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, and Deliberate Homeschooling. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.


Jennifer Bly is the creator of Becoming a Deliberate Mom: A Reflective Parenting Workbook. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram for parenting updates and inspiration.

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