For over 25 years, Melissa and Doug have provided preschoolers with delightful play opportunities through innovative designs that challenge creativity in young kids. Melissa and Doug proudly promote play in the preschool years through products that successfully engage children in playful activities.
We love Melissa and Doug products and use their highly crafted items in our classroom at home on a daily basis! Did you know that learning can also be extended from the basic products to incorporate: early literacy, early math, social-emotional development, and fine motor-skills development? As parents, caregivers, and teachers we ask you to consider “thinking outside the box” when considering the BEST gifts for your preschooler this Christmas!
The Pizza Party set from Melissa and Doug is one of our favorites! Below you will find suggestions on how to use the Pizza Party set in ways that extend play into playful learning!
What’s your Favorite Pizza Topping? Graph – Favorite Pizza Graph
Create a class (or family) graph of each person’s favorite pizza toppings.
Melissa and Doug Pizza Party Set
Favorite Pizza Topping Graph.pdf (linked above)
Each student can use the Melissa and Doug toppings pieces from the Pizza Party Set to indicate which topping they like the best!
Pizza Slices Math Activity
Materials needed: – Pizza Math
Pizza Slices.pdf (linked above)
Melissa and Doug Pizza Slices from the Pizza Party Set
Invite the children to count the number of pizza slices on the printable linked above. The slices from the Melissa and Doug Pizza Party set can be used as a hands-on manipulative to aid the children with basic counting skills. Remind the children to count out loud as they use the pizza slices from the Pizza Party set for one-to-one correspondence.
We have 3 of the Melissa and Doug Pizza Party sets in our own classroom. Our kids LOVE the pizza activities and ask to do them over and over. It is amazing to watch young children truly engaged in learning and play!
My Favorite Pizza Writing Activity – Favorite Pizza Writing Activity
What is your favorite kind of pizza? Use this activity to describe your ideal pizza.
My Favorite Pizza Writing Activity.pdf (linked above)
Pencils (regular or colored)
Melissa and Doug Pizza Party Set
Print off one copy of the My Favorite Pizza Writing Activity.pdf for each student. There are two pages to this activity. Page 1 has most of the text already written on the page. Page 2 is intended for children to write/copy/stamp the words on their own.
Next, invite the children use the toppings from the Melissa and Doug Pizza Party Set to decorate the pizza at the top of the page. The children can then use pencils (regular or colored) to copy or write about the pizzas on the lines provided. (Note for pre-writing – Melissa and Doug have a great Alphabet Stamp Set !)
Extension idea: If you have several children doing this activity in the classroom, compile and bind the pages together to create a class book of all the favorite pizzas.
Pizza Party Dramatic Play Center
Set up an area at home or in the classroom where the children can create, bake, and even deliver delicious play pizzas to their peers or other family members. Some materials might include: pizza boxes (ask a local restaurant as some are happy to provide them free of charge for use with children), plates, utensils, aprons, oven mitts, chef hats, several Pizza Party Sets from Melissa and Doug, a play kitchen (or table covered with a blanket to resemble an oven), riding toys to “deliver” the pizzas, and tables where customers can “eat.”
Books to enjoy about PIZZA!
1. Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig
2. The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges
3. Pizza Counting by Christina Dobson
4. Let’s Make Pizza by Mary Hill
5. Hi Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter
6. Sam’s Pizza by David Pelham
Young children love PIZZA! We believe that by inviting children to playful learning with integrated daily activities, we can help young children have the best start possible! To consider other great toys that can promote learning through play this Christmas, visit Melissa and Doug!