Make a Pizza!

 
Make a Pizza!

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Sometimes the hardest part about throwing a party or birthday for young children is that many games require a lot of kids to play - smaller parties are tough to plan. Not to worry, we have a great idea for your next birthday - a pizza party theme! While this idea may not be a try party game it is perfect for the smaller parties and birthday celebrations. You can also scale this activity based on the age of the children involved. You could have a pizza that just needs extra cheese and toppings or you could even make the dough from scratch - taking a break for cake and presents while the dough rises. This pizza party game shows you how to gather both the ingredients and your guests to throw together not only a pizza but a great party as well!

Preparation:

Before the party, have as many of the ingredients prepared as possible. Cut vegetables, and grate the cheese before your guests arrive. For parties of 5 or more, we suggest you prepare at least two containers of each ingredient for guests to use.


At the Party:

To make a pizza, first you need pizza dough! While there are a number of ready-made pizza doughs available on the market, you may wish to let your guests make their own homemade dough. Here's our recipe for No Rise Pizza Dough:

Ingredients:
  • 1 Package of Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup of Warm Water
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2 1/2 Cups of Flour
Directions:
  1. Heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  3. Mix in the remaining dough ingredients, and then stir vigorously (about 20 strokes).
  4. Allow the dough to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough in fourths to make four 5" personal-sized pizzas.
The dough can be patted out by hand. It does not need to be rolled with a rolling pin. Just have your guests wash and dry their hands and lightly dust them with a little bit of flour to keep the dough from sticking. Then, instruct them to pat the dough onto a lightly greased baking sheet or into a round pan. Supervise this step closely to ensure no one is patting the dough out too thinly. It should be kept to about 3/8 of an inch thick to avoid burning. During this part of the process, your guests may enjoy forming pizzas in shapes other than a traditional circle. Encourage them to try squares, triangles, stars, or whatever they can imagine!

Once the dough is made and shaped, it's time for the sauce. Again, many store-bought sauces are available, but you may wish to make your own or let the children make the sauce at the party. Here's our recipe for Pizza Sauce:

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 Cup of Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons of Dried Oregano
  • 2 Cans of Tomato Sauce (15 oz.)
  • 2 Cans of Tomato Paste (6 oz.)
  • 1 Cup of Minced Onion
  • 2 Cloves of Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sugar
Directions:
  1. Heat the oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Sauté the onion, onion powder, garlic, and oregano until the mixture is clear.
  3. Stir in the tomato paste, sugar, and tomato sauce.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Let the sauce cool, and then spread it over the pizza crusts.
Now that the sauce is on, the rest is up to your guests' imaginations! Have each guest top his or her own pizza. Provide a variety of toppings such as pepperoni, ham, pineapple, mushrooms, sautéed onions, peppers, and parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. You can later award prizes for the most creative or most unusual pizza, if desired.


Pizza Pass Activity:

If your guests are making just one large pizza, have them stand around a big table. Place the ingredients on the table. Put pizza dough on a pan, and place it in front of a child. Start playing music while the children pass the pan around the table. Stop the music randomly. The child holding the pan when the music stops puts the sauce on the pizza. Again, play the music, and then stop randomly. Whoever holds the pan then adds the cheese. Continue until all of the toppings have been added.