YaYa’s in the Kitchen: Pizza Time!
It’s here again, National Pizza Day!
There are not many foods that allow for such a wide variety of ingredients for all foodies to enjoy, including those who experience food allergies and preferences.
Think about the amazing types of crusts, sauces, or toppings that one can use to create a delicious treat.
One of my favorite YaYa’s in the Kitchen experiences was making pizza with my young friend in July 2016. My six-year old assistant was ready and more than able.
Time to make pizza with YaYa
Apron, (Williams Sonoma gift from grandparents) on and ingredients ready, we made delicious pizza to share with Mom and Dad at lunch time.
YES, six-year olds (and even younger) are capable of cooking and baking!
Note from YaYa: We used some ingredients as if we were making homemade dough.
First I measured, scooped and poured the flour into the metal bowl.
Then I measured and poured the water into the bowl.
Now, it’s time to stir and mix the “dough”.
Note from YaYa: Due to time constraints, we traded up to a pre-made dough.
I made a face when I opened the bag because the dough was a bit smelly. YaYa said it’s the yeast. But wait, we didn’t use any yeast.
Ah-ha! YaYa thought I didn’t know she and Mom bought the dough, but I did.
Someone was pretty amazed by the transformation! Yes, I was (chuckle).
Look, it’s squishy…
and stretchy! It’s also cool and smooth.
We dusted some flour on the placemat to keep the dough from sticking when I flattened it out.
YaYa let me use the rolling pin and the flour on my nose makes me look official.
Now, with patience and careful team work, we moved the dough onto the pizza pan to stretch it to the edges and form our crust.
Tomato sauce time…
When given several choices for utensils to spread the tomato sauce, I opted for the wooden spoon.
Yes, I twisted the lid off the jar. You have to be strong like me! (Maybe, I had a little help.)
We used pre-shredded cheese and pepperoni on the pizza.
When it was time to put cheese on the whole pizza, YaYa said I could sprinkle it on!
Yes, I opened the zip bag by myself and then separated out slices of pepperoni to put on half of the pizza.
Yay, I did it!
YaYa and Mom say the oven is hot, so I stand back while they put the tray in the oven.
Apparently, it takes at least 20 minutes to bake…so YaYa finds activities for me to keep me busy while we wait.
Now, beyond the cooking experience, let’s not forget this YaYa is an ASHA certified and Florida licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist who combines kitchen science with speech-language–learning and social communication goals and objectives.
She let’s me help with her new Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer for the photos of me making pizza. Now, she is too excited about the story I will tell with the picture. The sentences she will write as I “dictate” and all that SLP “stuff”she loves so much.
How beautiful is my first pizza?! I think it is perfect.
So many steps…It is sliced and finally cool enough to eat. You don’t want the hot cheese to burn your mouth!
Finally, it’s time to eat lunch!
YaYa let me help her print out the photos. That was fun. But then, just like that, she had me working on SLP activities.
Early literacy filled with language (that is code for listening, thinking, remembering, sequencing, vocabulary, concepts, labeling with signs/words, talking and on and on.
Photo sequencing time…
YaYa says we will add pictures to increase the details and sequence of my pizza story. If you look at some of the pictures you might see the cards YaYa wrote out before we started with the ingredients and directions (steps) for making the pizza.
Then…because I know YaYa, eventually there will be a written story along with a picture for my book. YaYa will work to get me to tell the story (relate a recent event), use the photos to remind myself, use words and/or signs in phrases/sentences as she writes it down. Then she will have me write my name on the story page with the picture.
For now, it’s back to pizza.
“Mommy, can I have a piece of pizza?”
A fabulous time was had by all!
To learn more about how to successfully integrate kitchen science into your SLP activities or into your home life contact this Center and speak with YaYa.
YaYa, aka, Lori