Homemade pizza making with kids
Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids? Try our foolproof pizza dough.
It is a simple to follow, fun and tasty recipe that also gives you a fun activity to do with your kids.
Anyone who has ever done a cooking camp/class/party in Kids Cook will know we do great homemade pizza dough. We have used the same recipe since we started teaching pizza dough over 7 years ago and the kids love it. Why not give it a try?
Planning Your Pizza Making
Pizza making is done in two parts, which is a good way to approach a task and not have it be too overwhelming. The full recipe is below but I am going to break it down to give you ideas of how to approach it.
Set aside 20 minutes for Part One (Recipe below)
Have the ingredients weighed out and ready, clear your workspace to allow you and your child/children some space for kneading. Have an extra bowl of sprinkling flour ready.
Different Ways to Knead Pizza Dough
For Part One, your child can mix the ingredients in a bowl and get the dough ready for kneading. Divide the dough into little balls so each child has their own ball to knead. It is great fun trying all different kneading methods. Roll into a sausage, pull and stretch, make a ball, throw it from a height onto the workspace, use your knuckles or fist to roll and push.
If the dough is sticking to your hands, stop and sprinkle your hands with flour, rub off the dough and start again. If it is sticking to the workspace, sprinkle the surface with flour.
You’re going to give your dough a workout as well as yourself. Set a timer for 10 minutes and the kids can’t stop until the timer goes off.
When the timer goes off, all the dough can go back into the bowl, covered with cling film or a towel and is left to rest. At this point, you clean up the workspace and everyone gets a break.
This gives you an hour to continue your day with work, housework, go for a walk, whatever is planned. (Alternatively, leave it at that, wrap it, freeze it, and take it out for another day. Two days’ worth of activities.)
After about an hour, start getting your toppings ready if you are preparing to eat the pizzas now. I usually have the pizza sauce, cheese, ham, chorizo, olives in little bowls so everyone can do their own toppings.
Have your sprinkling bowl and pizza trays ready. Space for making pizzas is required here too. Call the kids in again and follow the steps for the second part below.
It may take from 10-20 minutes to get your pizzas in the oven, depending on the age of the kids, how many kids are taking part and precision placing the toppings. Allow 12 minutes for cooking time.
Dough Ingredients: Makes 4 mini pizzas (8”)
- 200 gms of plain flour
- 1 tsp of salt
- One 7gm packet of yeast (in most supermarkets now, usually always packaged in 7gms sachets)
- 0.5 tsp caster sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 120 ml of warm water
Pizza Making Equipment
For making the dough:
- Large mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Scissors (to cut the packet of yeast)
For making the pizza:
- Rolling pin (optional)
- Pizza tray
- Tomato sauce (pizza sauce or passata with herbs mixed in, oregano works well)
- Grated mozzarella cheese
- Toppings of your choice
Part One – Make your Pizza Dough
- Put the flour, salt, yeast, and sugar into a bowl and mix.
- Make a well in the centre of the mixture, then add the olive oil and pour in 120 ml hand-hot water. Now mix to a dough, starting with a wooden spoon and using your hands in the final stages of mixing.
- Wipe the bowl clean with the dough, adding a spot more water if there are any dry bits left, and transfer it to a lightly floured work surface.
- Knead the dough for 8-10 minutes or until it develops a sheen and is springy and elastic. You can now put the dough back into the bowl and cover it with clingfilm. Leave it until it looks as though it has doubled in size, which will be about an hour at room temperature.
Part Two – Make your Pizza
- Preheat the oven to 220°C.
- Tip the dough back on to a work surface that has been sprinkled generously with flour to prevent it from sticking. Knock all the air out of the dough and knead it for a couple of seconds to begin shaping it into a ball. We use approx. 100gms of dough per pizza.
- Flatten the dough and finish stretching it out with your hands, working from the centre and using the flat of your fingers to push the dough out; it doesn’t need to be perfectly round; it will still taste as good. If using a rolling pin, dust your rolling pin with flour and roll the dough out to a circle that is approximately 10 inches (25.5 cm) in diameter.
- Spread some tomato sauce on the base and apply your toppings.
- Bake the pizza on a high shelf for 10-12 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
Click here to see Lisa making pizza dough with Patrick, age 10, helping at the end.
Why Making Pizza with Kids is Great Fun
Simple ingredients and recipe
Really good fun for you and your child
Time well spent together
Great activity for learning how to be comfortable in the kitchen
It can be messy and it feels good getting your hands stuck into dough
Great activity for motor skills and building hand strength
Lovely sensory activity
Keeps in the fridge for a few days and can also be frozen
Make your own dinner
Everyone gets to choose their own toppings
Make it into flat, yummy garlic bread or dough balls
Have some fun and make mini pizzas the size of a cookie
Great sense of achievement for your child to make dinner for the family
It tastes better than any bought/takeaway pizza.
It can’t fail.
Let us know if you try it, I know a lot of you already have, what toppings are popular in your house? I would love to hear from you, find us on social media, tag us in your pizza pics.
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Take two minutes for a quick ‘how to’ video below!