Make any night pizza night
If you ask any kid what their favorite foods are, it’s likely that pizza will make the top of the list. Though you can easily order pizza from a local shop or pull a pie from the freezer, it’s quick and fun to make your own. Plus, getting kids involved in preparing dinner sets them up for future success. Kids learn valuable cooking skills and, dare we say it, life skills? Cooking together introduces kids to new foods they may not otherwise try, and it's a great way for families to spend time together.
Before you start, here are a few tips and tricks for pizza success:
1. Dough: make your own or buy it: Making homemade pizza dough can be a fun (and messy) endeavor. It’s a great way to introduce kids to reading recipes, measuring, mixing and of course cleaning up. But, it’s also perfectly acceptable to buy pre-made pizza dough and just have fun preparing the toppings. If you’re using store-bought dough, give it time to warm to room temperature before rolling it out.
2. Taste the rainbow: Provide a variety of toppings and let your kids help prep and then chose what goes on their individual pizzas. You may be surprised at what your kids will try when they are allowed to be part of the process and experiment with new textures and flavors. The more colorful the ingredients, the more fun they are to work with, and the more nutrients they tend to have.
3. Make a mess: This is a time to be creative and have fun. Don’t worry about the perfect Instagram photo op, or keeping things neat and tidy. Just enjoy the process and have the kids help clean up while your pizza is baking.
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