Clock pizza

This is great for helping children understand cooking, but also helps their physical development and fine motor skills, more specifically – moving and handling by patting and squeezing the dough. Also, the ‘numbers’ help with their understanding of time.

You will need:

250g bread flour, ½ tsp dried yeast, pinch salt, 150ml luke-warm water, tbsp. oil, ½ can of tomatoes, garlic, 12 slices of mushrooms, cheese, 2 strips of carrot – one long, one short.

What to do:

  1. Mix the flour, salt and yeast in a bowl. Then add the water and oil.
  2. Kneed the dough mixture well until it’s smooth and no longer sticky - get the children to do this, they will love it!).
  3. Put the dough in a bowl and cover with a warm, damp tea-towel. Leave it until it has doubled in size.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 200○C.
  5. Crush the garlic and put it in a pan with some oil, heat gently. Careful not to burn it.
  6. Add tomatoes and let them simmer, then mash them.
  7. Cut the red pepper into eight strips.
  8. Roll out the dough into a circle.
  9. Spread the tomato sauce over the dough (any left over sauce is yummy with pasta).
  10. Grate and sprinkle the cheese onto the pizza base.
  11. Add the slices of mushrooms around the clock – the mushrooms tell you what time it is.
  12. Cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  13. Wait for the pizza to cool a bit.
  14. Add the carrot strips for the hands of the clock. Practice telling the time together.
  15. Then tuck in before it gets too cold!

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