Families: Pizza

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan



The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges*
Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig*
Pizza at Sally’s by Monica Wellington
Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin

Early Literacy Tip

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Signing Time Vol. 1*

Featured Track: Silly Pizza Song*

Flannelboard: “The Pizza That Sally Made”*

Flannelboard: “P-I-Z-Z-A”*

Puppets: “Hi, Pizza Man!”*

Action Rhyme: “Pizza Man, Pizza Man”*
Pizza man, pizza man, turn around
Pizza man, pizza man, touch the ground
Pizza man, pizza man, reach up high
Pizza man, pizza man, touch the sky
Pizza man, pizza man, find your nose
Pizza man, pizza man, touch your toes
Pizza man, pizza man, find your knees
Pizza man, pizza man, sit down, please!
Credit: Modified from childhood; idea from Awesome Storytime

Repeating Extension Activities

I had four back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I rarely used them, but here they are:

  • Dance Your Fingers Up*
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

During “Pete’s a Pizza”, one of my dads did everything with his son including tossing him in the air. It put all other kinds of participation immediately to shame! The kids had a great time dancing to “Silly Pizza Song”, but I definitely didn’t teach them all of the signs in the song. Unlike my last library, the kids loved when I put more toppings on the pizza flannelboard! One asked for bacon and potatoes!

2 comments on “Families: Pizza

  1. Rita
    October 22, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

    I love your blog! We had a pizza themed storytime last week and set up our puppet theater as a pizza parlor. Thank you for your inspiration!

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

      Oh, how fun!

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