Is it a pizza? Is it a burger?? It’s both—and your kids will love it!!! And to close out the month of March with another “green” recipe—I’ve topped this pizza-burger with some healthy salad greens. I used arugula but any leafy greens will work—romaine, spinach, kale—take your pick. Top it with a light dressing like balsamic vinagrette or squeezed lemon with olive oil, light salt and pepper.
Let the kiddos help press and roll out the dough, add the toppings in proper sequence as you have them repeat them back to you and you’ve turned your healthy dinner into a language lesson. This week I’ve included a sequencing/listening game, a fun pizza itunes app, a recipe for edible play-doh so they can have fun playing with their foods and a pizza themed toy to play at home or in your speech lessons. There’s enough pizza burger fun to keep ‘em happy, healthy and busy for quite a while!
HOT PIZZA BURGER with CRISP SALAD GREENS
**Remember that while this recipe requires adult supervision and involvement, kids can take part in much of the preparation. In addition, photos can be printed out and used as a sequencing task after you have completed the recipe. It’s a great way to work on increasing sentence length and conversational skills as well!
Let the kids press the dough into the tray, using fingers to stretch it and a rollingpin to fit it into the pan. Great for working on MOTOR SKILLS!
The next few steps are a job for grown ups only—-discuss the meanings of the words ground, chop, dice, and sautee with your kids.
Compare/contrast the onion and garlic….how are they the same/different in size, smell, color, and taste??
Kids can assist in this next step…help them SPOON ON and SPREAD OUT the meat/sauce mixture and SPRINKLE ON the cheese.
Have your kiddos play the part of the waiter or waitress. You order a pizza the way you like it and have them remember the order of the toppings. OR order two pizzas to make it even more challenging and ask them to remember the toppings you ordered for each pizza!! When repeating the order of toppings, have your kids organize the sequence by saying “FIRST you ordered tomatoes, NEXT ,you ordered cheese, THEN you ordered pepperoni and LAST (or FINALLY) you ordered spinach.” This will help them organize their thoughts into a complete sentence. Order less toppings if this is too challenging—depending on the age/ability level of the child.
The toppings have a 1-step command printed on them. Cut these out and laminate. Place them face down in a pile. Have your student draw one, two, three or even four—depending on how many steps you are targeting in their goals—-Read the cards in order and have them execute the directions. If they correctly follow the directions, they get to add those toppings to their pizza. You can make it into a little competition and see who gets the most toppings!! Use blank toppings to write your own directions.
Can you help complete his pizza? Or will the pizza topple over before all the toppings have been added? Players take turns rolling the die and placing cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms and pepperoni piece’s onto the pizza pie. If you cause the
pizza to tip and some of the toppings fall off, you lose! The player who can outlast all other opponents wins the game! For advanced play, take Poppa off his base and he wobbles around even more while holding the pizza!I like to use this game while addressing many articulation and language goals. And if you are working on the bilabials /p,b,m/ there are many words built into this game—pepperoni, mushrooms, pizza, pappa, mustache, buttons, balance, mozzarella.
Use this fun app to work on descriptions as you build your own chocolate pizza. Great for articulation carry over too!!
EDIBLE PLAY DOH!
I found this recipe at www.cooks.com. And although it does have a bit of sugar in it, most of the other edible play doh recipes contained peanut butter. This was one of the few that didn’t. Even though I am not a fan of Kool-Aid, I like that it adds some color to make it more fun!!!
Let the kids have fun rolling out the dough into a pizza crust, with cookie cutters or any other imaginative way to get them creating. Reinforce action words like roll, press, and cut and expand on these words to create longer phrases and sentences.
1 c. water
Mix together water and oil.
Microwave on HIGH for about 2 minutes. Remove and add flour, sugar and kool-aid.
Mix together with a spoon. Use it to make whatever you want. When it comes time
to clean up – EAT IT!