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Do you have kids who love to cook, or want to learn how? Today’s post teaches how to make as easy homemade pizza with kids. I promise, it’s easy, and delicious!
My kids love helping me cook. Any chance I can get I involve them in making our meals. I want them to learn that cooking is fun and easy. It’s an important skill to learn for their future. I also think they can learn so many things through cooking.
There are math skills involved through measurements. There are science elements involved in baking by understanding how ingredients mix to create the final product. Also, the cooking part is a science lesson, too! They are learning about temperature, and how heat changes things. They are learning about nutrition and what foods are good for their bodies.
But not only that, you’ll get a little science lesson to go with it!
Easy Homemade Pizza With Kids
This homemade pizza recipe is simple to make and so much fun for kids to learn to do on their own!
I like to make these visual recipes for my younger kids so they can learn to make things with little to no help. They are gaining confidence in the kitchen.
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But also, here is the recipe we sue to make our FAVORITE Homemade Pizza! This recipe can be used to make 2 large pizzas, or several smaller individual ones.
Homemade Pizza Recipe:
1 ⅓ c. Warm Water
1 tsp Sugar
2 tsp Instant Yeast
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
3 ½ c. Flour
1 small can of Tomato Sauce
1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
½ tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Your favorite toppings
Mix together yeast, sugar and warm water in a large bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes until bubbly. Add in oil, salt and flour and mix well. Mix and knead for five minutes adding in a touch more flour if it’s really sticky. Grease the bowl, cover it, and let the dough rise for 1 hour. Roll the dough out into a circle and place on a greased pan.
Mix tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic and salt. Spread on your pizza. Add cheese and toppings. Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Slice and eat!
Now let’s turn this pizza making into a lesson, shall we?!
What Makes the Pizza Dough Rise?
Kids are always surprised by how much a pizza grows in the oven when it is baking! So turn this into a science lesson.
Here are some things you can discuss:
What makes dough rise? The yeast of course!
How does yeast work? Yeast is a fungus. When you proof yeast (the term used to activate the yeast), you add sugar to it. Yeast feeds on the sugar, as well as the simple sugar from the flour and creates a reaction releasing carbon dioxide and alcohol.
In a bread dough, we know that the yeast makes the dough rise. When the carbon dioxide and alcohol formed are released from the yeast, it creates bubbles in the dough. These bubbles cause the dough to expand and rise. Yeast is also responsible for helping strengthen the gluten in the bread as well as giving it a lot of the flavor!
Try a little experiment as you proof your yeast. Put your water and yeast and sugar into a bottle with a small opening. Place a balloon over the opening of the bottle and see if the yeast can inflate the balloon as it activates. You can see pictures of this in my post on Kitchen Science Experiments.
Want more pizza fun? Check out our Build a Pizza Fraction Game.