Ok, I’m sure by now you’re probably wondering, “Does this family eat anything that isn’t pizza?” Yes, actually the only thing this kid typically eats for breakfast is porridge. (That’s right, not oatmeal, I said porridge like Goldilocks and the bears…) But today we were out of his typical favorite so when I asked what he wanted to eat, I had to honor his request for pizza with Breakfast Pizza!
This was another super fun way to connect with him through a cooking activity we both love to share together! He has become a pro at spreading sauce, shaking spices, and sprinkling cheese on our dinner meal so we transferred those skills to breakfast pizza!
This time we used Hardough bread as our base. Never heard of it? Head to the ethnic aisle to check our their Caribbean selection. This traditional Jamaican bread is much denser than our standard American sandwich bread and typically sweeter which made for a fantastic breakfast pizza base. It was also a sweet way to combine both of his Jamaica and Italian heritages into one meal!
When I suggested yogurt as our sauce alternative, he immediately asked for “crunchy stuff”. (He is totally capable of saying “granola” but it’s much cuter to hear a request for “crunchy stuff”!) Then we brainstormed other foods he usually eats in the morning. Bananas, oranges, berries (sadly we were out), pears, and “quack-amole” (again he is totally capable of saying “guacamole” but that is stinkin’ cute!!!)
So we got to work! One thing I love about cooking together is all of the hidden opportunities to teach. While he was putting the yogurt on the bread, we talked about moving the yogurt all over the bread’s surface which is called, “spreading”. This is a new vocabulary word that I know he’ll start to use after hearing it being used in context.
We talked about transitional words such as, “First, Second, Next, Then, Finally, etc.” This is a little more complex to teach out of context so when doing an activity that has steps or a particular order to follow, it is much easier to teach young children how to use these words in conversation. For instance,
First, we spread the yogurt onto the bread.
Second, you are choosing to add the pears.
Then you want to add the banana.
Before you can add the banana, you will need to cut up the banana. Once the banana is cut, then you can add it to the pizza.
Next, you want to add the orange. Again, before you can add the orange you need to do one more thing. Please peel the orange into smaller pieces, then you can add to the pizza.
Last we need to top it off with “crunchy stuff”.
Now we are finished! Let’s eat!