World Pizza Day is celebrated on the 9th of February. It is essentially a celebration of pizza and its journey. The following article provides activity ideas for children to implement on World Pizza Day.
About World Pizza Day
World Pizza Day is a holiday that celebrates the world's favourite food - pizza! This day is all about enjoying pizza with the people around you. There are plenty of ways to enjoy World Pizza Day, from ordering pizza for delivery to making your own pizza at home.
To celebrate this glorious day, here are some interesting facts about the pizza we bet you didn’t know yet.
- There are over 5 billion pizzas sold worldwide every year
- There are 264 million pizzas eaten every year in Australia
- Saturday night is the most popular night to eat pizza
- Pizza is most often ordered during the weather segment when watching the news on television
- 36% of people consider pizza to be the perfect breakfast
- There are over 11,000 Pizza Huts around the world
- Approximately 36% of all orders want their pizza topping to be pepperoni
- An average slice of cheese pizza contains about 270 to 370 calories
- Some popular gourmet toppings on pizzas include chicken, oysters, crayfish, dandelions, Brussels sprouts, eggplant, artichoke hearts and tuna
- Differently from what you could think, in Norway people eat more pizza than in Italy, which only ranks 5th, after the US, the UK and Germany.
Activity Ideas For Children
Pizza Pizza Full Of Cheese Posters - Pizza Pizza Full Of Cheese is a circle time rhyme for children to recognise, letters (both uppercase and lowercase) and numbers. After saying the Pizza rhyme, a child is chosen to choose a pizza to say its letter or number. This continues until each child has had a turn. This rhyme is great for Educators to use to introduce letters and numbers.
Pizza Tracing Lines = Pizza Tracing Lines aims to help children in the development of pre-writing skills. It provides children with the ability to use cognitive development, observations, and hand-eye coordination and encourages the child to draw in a specific direction
Pizza Shop Song - This simple pizza song is a great way for preschoolers to learn subtraction as they buy a pizza and run away
Five Little Pizzas - This pizza song is a fun and easy song for children to sing. Children are also introduced to ordinal numbers in each verse.
I Am A Pizza - This action song for toddlers and preschoolers sings about the process of making a pizza, ordering a pizza, dropping a pizza and making a mess!
Pizza In A Box Letter Matching - Pizza In A Box Letter Matching is an alphabet activity that enables children to recognise lowercase and uppercase letters and identify the correct pizza to add to the pizza box. This is a great alphabet and letter recognition game for children.
Pizza Colour Match - Pizza Colour Match supports children to recognise primary and secondary colours by sorting the correct colour pizza ingredients with the corresponding pizza. These are great to use with colour bears. This helps children to learn colours and to understand colour classification.
My Shapes Pizza - The My Shapes Pizza is a fun activity that enables children to create their own shapes of pizza by following the recipe card. Each card has the number of each shape required in order to fill in a pizza. This activity is great for children learning shapes and numbers, for children to recognise shapes and to follow simple directions.
Build A Pizza Cut and Paste - Build A Pizza Cut and Paste enables children to cut out the pizza ingredients of their choice and create their own pizza. This can be used in the home corner as part of a pizza shop set-up. The Build A Pizza Set helps children with their cutting skills as they cut out ingredients of their choice.
Making Pizzas - Learning Story Template - The Making Pizzas template is a learning story template. This can be used as an assessment tool in interpreting a child’s learning and development that take place when making pizzas. This helps us to evaluate and plan for further experiences to extend upon a child’s interests and strengths.