Make National Pizza Day fun and exciting for your kids with this pizza sensory puzzle.
National Pizza Day, observed every 9th of February, is a celebration dedicated to the beloved and versatile dish – pizza! It’s a day for pizza enthusiasts to indulge in their favorite slices and enjoy the diverse flavors this iconic dish has to offer. Whether you prefer classic Margherita, pepperoni perfection, or creative, unique toppings, National Pizza Day is the perfect excuse to savor a slice or two.
This national day became even more special in our household with a heart-shaped pizza sensory puzzle that I designed for my kids, incorporating elements of our Valentine’s Day activities. To achieve the realistic pizza color, we used yellow split peas as the puzzle’s filler. The toppings, crafted from felt and foam paper, added a delightful touch. To enhance the sensory experience, real leaves and red petals were included, creating a multi-dimensional and engaging activity for the little ones.
How to create a heart pizza sensory puzzle:
- Recycled cardboard
- Yellow split peas
- Glue gun and stick
- Red and orange felt
- Gray and black foam paper
- Santan leaves and flowers (optional)
- Acrylic paint
- Plates, bowls and scoops
- Pencil and eraser
- Sketch and paint a heart-shaped pizza on a piece of cardboard.
- Cut 1-inch strips of cardboard.
- Glue strips of cardboard to the outer part of the pizza.
- Glue another strip to divide the crust from the whole pizza.
- Glue strips to the heart pepperonis.
- Once the puzzle is complete, cut out the extra cardboard on the sides.
- Make tomatoes by cutting red and orange felt. Attach with hot glue.
- Draw and cut mushrooms from a grey foam paper.
- Draw and cut black olives from a black foam paper.
- Gather some leaves and flowers.
- Serve the toppings on a plate.
How to play:
- Let kids pour the contents into the cardboard pizza.
- Decorate with the toppings.
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