Pretend Play Food – Paper Pizza Craft for Kids

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Set up your play food counter with a kiddie favorite – pizza, and make it super realistic with this incredibly detailed Paper Pizza Craft for Kids!!

One of the best things about pretend play is that you can use your imagination to the fullest. A stick can be a wand, a scepter or a chef’s ladle, a rock can be a potato, a diamond or a mouse! The more detailed you make your props, the more ‘real’ pretend play becomes!

That’s why we love making special crafts for pretend play, whether they’re quirky hats or animal crowns. And when it comes to food, we believe in going all the way! And if you’ve been following our recent posts, you know we’ve been busy cooking!

Today, we’re adding a universal kiddie favorite to our pretend play food corner – pizza! This is one of those foods that can be customized any which way you like. We’ve made our paper pizza craft pretty loaded, and you’ll feel full after making it!

Pretend Play Food – Paper Pizza Craft for Kids

Set up your play food counter with a kiddie favorite - pizza, and make it super realistic with this incredibly detailed Paper Pizza Craft for Kids!!

Materials Required:

  • Brown paper bag
  • Craft paper in brown, green, red, black
  • Textured craft paper in yellow and white
  • Yellow and white crepe paper

How to make Paper Pizza Craft for Kids:

1. Every pizza recipe starts with the base, and so will our craft! A brown paper bag works best for this. Cut out a triangle with long sides so that the base of the triangle lines up with the bottom of the brown paper bag. Roll up the bottom part to get that stuffed-crust look.

Set up your play food counter with a kiddie favorite - pizza, and make it super realistic with this incredibly detailed Paper Pizza Craft for Kids!!

2. Even if it isn’t exactly edible, we still like to keep things healthy! Cut out thin strips of green paper and fold them to look like bell pepper slices. Glue the ends together.

Set up your play food counter with a kiddie favorite - pizza, and make it super realistic with this incredibly detailed Paper Pizza Craft for Kids!!

3. Let’s add some strong flavors! Cut out onion rings from white textured paper and add details with a pink or purple marker. Cut out little pieces of yellow textured paper to look like cut pineapple. Add tiny ridges to make them realistic.

Set up your play food counter with a kiddie favorite - pizza, and make it super realistic with this incredibly detailed Paper Pizza Craft for Kids!!

4. Make this pizza heartier with more ingredients! Cut out semi circles from red paper for tomato slices. From the brown paper, cut out little circles for pepperoni and mushroom shapes for, well, mushrooms! Add little details with colored markers.

Set up your play food counter with a kiddie favorite - pizza, and make it super realistic with this incredibly detailed Paper Pizza Craft for Kids!!

5. Round up the toppings with little black rings for olives. You can either use ready made black stickers, or make your own with plain black craft paper and a craft punch. Go for slightly glossy paper for luscious-looking olives!

Set up your play food counter with a kiddie favorite - pizza, and make it super realistic with this incredibly detailed Paper Pizza Craft for Kids!!

6. And what is the one thing a pizza totally, absolutely, definitely needs?? Cheese!! We’ve gone with two kinds of cheese for our pizza, using white and yellow crepe paper cut into thin strips.

Set up your play food counter with a kiddie favorite - pizza, and make it super realistic with this incredibly detailed Paper Pizza Craft for Kids!!

7. Wow, that is a lot of ingredients!! Let’s start topping our pizza slice with cheese, followed by the vegetables, pepperoni and finally the olives.

Set up your play food counter with a kiddie favorite - pizza, and make it super realistic with this incredibly detailed Paper Pizza Craft for Kids!!

8. Make more slices the same way – enough for an entire pizza! Boy, don’t they look yummy!!

Set up your play food counter with a kiddie favorite - pizza, and make it super realistic with this incredibly detailed Paper Pizza Craft for Kids!!

This paper pizza craft gives kids so many learning opportunities. They can learn about different food groups – fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains and meat. It’s also a good exercise for cutting shapes – triangles, circles, semi circles, rings. Then there are flavors – sweet, sour, spicy, tangy. Older kids can also see how cut vegetables look different from whole ones, and how to detail each ingredient. Of course, they’ll be learning all this without realizing it – because of all the fun they’re having!

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  1. Dear Shruti — Thank you for this wonderful paper pizza idea. I teach crafts to kids at our local farmers market, and today we made your pizza slices. The kids loved it! They didn’t want to leave and kept adding more toppings to their pizza crust. One mom said that her daughter had never stayed so long with one activity.

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