In our house, Pizza Night is a weekend tradition. It doesn’t matter if it is Friday, Saturday, or Sunday…it’s all about the pizza. And even better? The fun of family pizza night.
But here’s the thing…there are fun ways to incorporate a pizza theme into your whole day of family fun, not just dinner time.
Our favorite toy brand, Melissa and Doug, has an amazing build your own pizza puzzle play set. Even though it is rather simple with Velcro, three different toppings, and two cutting utensils, it provides endless fun for my little guys. They love coming up with creative combos, and I’m happy to eat and eat without anything extra showing up on my waist line.
Since my oldest is working on writing and other fine motor skills, we have been working a lot with lacing cards. One of our favorites is the Melissa and Doug Lace and Trace Shapes, and he always fights his little brother in order to get the triangle pizza card. I especially love this activity because it is challenging for three year olds, but not to the point of frustration. It’s just plain fun.
As you may have noticed if you have been following my blog for a while, we spend A TON of time reading. I guess that’s what happens when Mommy is a Reading Specialist. Although we have many favorite picture books, we always enjoy a few different readings of Pete’s A Pizza, as it ensures that the boys have fits of giggles.
Another thing our whole family, grandparents included, get excited about is playing with play dough. There is just something about the tactile play that reduced stress and promotes creativity. We have a Play Dough Twirl ‘N Top Pizza Shop, and we all love making different kinds of pizzas with crazy toppings that we would never eat in real life. I’m looking at you, anchovies!
Now for the main event….pizza night. When I am feeling exhausted (which is pretty common by the end of the week because I am wiped out from running around with my boys day in and day out), we simply order in either thin or our beloved deep dish Chicago pizza.
But now that my boys are older and love to be involved in cooking dinner, we make a ton of homemade pizzas. My boys are pretty adventurous eaters in terms of veggies, but if there isn’t sausage on the pizza, they aren’t eating it.
This go around we got crazy (maybe it was the Spring fever) and made Hawaiian pizzas: Pineapple, red onions, red peppers, and prosciutto. The boys seemed to enjoy the different pizza toppings…or maybe that was because they knew that there were cupcakes for dessert.
But the fun of family pizza night doesn’t have to end there….pop in a movie and create a drive in theatre at home! My kids might not be old enough for Mystic Pizza, but they can happily enjoy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.