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Explore different cultures by creating mini pizzas from around the world.

About the Activity

In this activity, kids can be creative with different pizza toppings to invent unique “multicultural pizzas” made on whole-wheat pitas. Try these recipes at home and share them with others!

 

Grades: 3-5
Topic: Cooking

 

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 2

Available in Shop 4-H Curriculum: Food, Culture and Reading

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Supplies
Everything you need to make these delicious pizzas from around the world.

Utensils

  • parchment paper
  • pizza pan or cookie sheet
  • knife (with adult supervision)
  • cutting board

Ingredients

  • 1 red or green pepper
  • 1 tomato (sliced)
  • whole-wheat pitas
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/4 cup spinach leaves
  • 1 apple (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 8 olives
  • 1/4 cup Monterey Jack, mozzarella or feta cheese (reduced fat)
  • chili powder, parsley, cinnamon
  • olive oil
  • honey
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Activity Steps
Follow the cooking instructions below for each pizza.

  1. Teams of two to four youth make pizzas using whole-wheat pitas.
  2. Each pita pizza is baked on a parchment paper lined pizza pan in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 10 minutes. If no oven is available, place pizzas on paper plates and microwave on high for 2 minutes or until vegetables are cooked and cheese is melted. Never use metal or aluminum in a microwave oven.
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Reflection Questions
Questions for your kids and teens.

SHARE

  • Describe the multicultural pizza you made. How is your pizza different from the pizzas that others made? How is it the same?
  • What did you enjoy most about making your pizza?
  • How can you share the directions for making your pizza with your friends?
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PROCESS

  • Why is it important to follow a recipe step-by-step?
  • What steps did you take to create your own multicultural pizza?

GENERALIZE

  • How does eating foods from around the world enhance your daily diet?

APPLY

  • What other things do you do that require following directions?
  • What other multicultural activities do you enjoy?

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