February 11, 2015

Toddler-Made Pizza: An Easy Way for Kids to Cook

I've been coming up with activities that M2 can do to stay busy. She loves being in the kitchen to watch me cook and wants to help. There is a special chair she drags over to watch. At 2 years old, there isn't much she can do. 

Then I remembered the mini pizzas my dad always made when I was a kid. They're so simple I knew M2 could make them herself -- without much mess. She was thrilled to make dinner all herself for everyone. Much cheering ensued. 

Toddler-made pizzas are a great activity to make the kids feel important, learn to start cooking, build confidence in themselves, and have fun. These pizzas are great for a quick lunch or dinner.

Toddler-Made Pizza
  • Thomas' English muffins (store brand isn't as tasty)
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Sausage crumbles or other toppings. Meat must be pre-cooked
Break open the muffins and set on microwaveable plates (you do this step)
Spread on sauce with a pastry brush. Toddler can either dip the brush in the sauce jar or you can dump some on for him/her to spread
Sprinkle cheese on top, as much as you allow the toddler to add
Add sausage or other toppings on top
Microwave until cheese is melted (you do this step). You can bake them in the oven if you prefer

Making dinner

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  1. Heheh, aww! That toddler pizza looks so yummy! ;)

  2. I've done this with my son! He loves making english muffin pizza :)

  3. Always love a good snack inspiration! You can make theses so many ways. Thanks!!

  4. I've done pizzas this way too, and with regular sliced bread and tortillas. My girls loves them & they feel a part of the meal preparation. Win, win!

  5. I have made these for my little ones too and they loved them. Super easy to make too!

  6. LOVE IT! We've done these before with all of our kids and messy they may be sometimes, but they are tasty!

  7. Love, love, love this idea!! My son is almost two and he loves dragging a kitchen chair up to the counters to help. This looks like a yummy, relatively mess-free (emphasis on relatively) way that he can help! Thanks!

  8. I was just thinking about making homemade pizza for dinner for our Friday family night. Thanks for this idea. I know how my grandson can help. :)

  9. So cute and I'm sure she loved it! My little guy likes to watch me cook!

  10. My kids would totally enjoy that. They love pizza.

  11. So cute! I love letting little ones cook

  12. Awwww. What fun. Looks like a great time.

  13. Great idea! Looks like she had lots of fun!

  14. This sounds like lots of fun! I have a 1 and 2 year old..and they do like to be in the kitchen..plus we all like pizza!!! :)

  15. So easy and so fun! My daughter is always asking to help and I feel like I can never let her. This is a very cute idea that we will be using soon!


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