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Close-up of kid making pizza with topping so that it looks like Earth to celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day Pizzas

By Brenda Ponnay

This is one of those activities that is more about the process than how the end result looks, but here at Alpha Mom we know that not every idea comes out Pinterest-worthy. It’s more about what you are doing with your kids and the quality time you spend together than how picture-perfect everything is. (Having said that, the perfectionist-crafter in me is feeling terrible about how the “end-result” pictures turned out, but we’re posting it anyway because we had a great time making these homemade pizzas and ultimately that’s what is important.)

Every day is a good day to celebrate our earth and do more to take care of our home, but it’s fun to make a special day of it, too. Recycling, making trips to the beach to pick up trash, turning off lights…  that’s all great but what about making dinner and learning more about continents while we do it?

We made “Earth Pizzas” and learned we need to seriously brush up on our geography!

tween girl rolling out pizza dough

Step 1: First, we rolled out some pizza dough. You can make this from scratch or be like me and buy it already pre-made from your local market (best invention ever, btw). Rolling dough into a circle is a fun challenge. Feel free to throw your dough up in the air like a pizza maker!

close-up of toppings for pizza

I set out a bowl of tomato sauce and a tray of toppings. Put out all your favorites: ham, prosciutto, pepperoni, chopped peppers, spinach, pineapple tidbits, olives…and of course lots of cheese!

four pictures showing how to make pizza at home

Step 2: Then let everyone make their own pizza and see if they can make something that tastes delicious and looks like the world at the same time. It’s a challenge but a fun one! We found that ham made the best continents if we cut it into shapes and overlapped pieces to fill in. Olives and peppers made for a great equator, and spinach sort of made a great ocean. Like I said, it’s more about the process than the end result.

tween girl reaching for slice of homemade pizza

Step 3: Then we baked them up, cut them into pieces and served them on a board so everyone could try all the different variations. Some kids might like a world that is all cheese so we came up with ideas about how that might be the world during a big storm or maybe the polar ice caps melting. However you tell it, it is a great time to talk about our earth and make a delicious dinner at the same time.

brunette tween girl eating a slice of homemade pizza

Anything that gets us all in the kitchen talking about is always a good time.

Happy Earth Day!

Find more Earth Day activities here:

1. Five Ways To Celebrate Earth Day With Kids
2. Plantable Paper for Earth Day
3. Recycled Art Postcards

 

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About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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