This DIY Build Your Own Felt Pizza Activity is a great quiet activity for nap times or travel. It’s simple to make and easy to store in a small space.
This activity is part of my Busy Box series. If you are new to the idea of busy boxes, busy bags, or all-by-myself bins, then check out this introductory post on what a busy box is and how to get started to set up your own busy box activities.
An Activity for Quiet Time and Travel
Not only is this Build Your Own Felt Pizza Activity wonderful to include in a weekly busy-box rotation, but it is also a lifesaver at church or during airplane travel. Click here to see more quiet activities using felt.
Because we live far away from family—a flight is necessary to travel there in a timely manner. I do most of my traveling alone with my two kids (age 1.5 and 3.5), so a variety of activities and distractions are a must to help us survive the trek. Because of this, I have gathered several small, simple, quiet activities which I can easily carry onto the plane with us and this is a favorite.
It is simple to make; I made two in under 20 minutes (lately I have had to make 2 of every activity to avoid the fighting over a “favorite” activity).
I created a stencil of all of the pieces and some possible toppings to use. However, for more quick prep, you can simply cut extremely simple shapes free-hand (which is what I did initially). Feel free to make the pieces as intricate or as simple as you’d like. You can also use household items such as bowls, cups, bottles, glue stick lids, etc. to trace the circular shapes (such as the pizza dough) onto the felt.
How to Store this Activity
This activity can be stored in a sandwich-sized Ziploc bag, which allows it to be compact enough for travel. When I use it in my busy box rotation, I simply store all of the pieces in one of my busy box bins. At the end of the week, I transfer it back to the Ziploc for storage.
While very simple, this activity is entertaining and it promotes learning through play.
This activity encourages the following:
- imaginative play
- ordinal concepts (which ingredients go on first, second, third, etc.)
- color recognition
- how to follow instructions from a menu or recipe (for older children)
BUILD YOUR OWN FELT PIZZA ACTIVITY
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- Colored Felt (**see the list of example toppings for felt color suggestions)
- Fabric Scissors
- PDF Stencil Printout (get it here) (optional)
- PDF Menu Printout for older children (get it here) (optional)
- Laminator for the menu (optional)
- Sandwich Ziploc bag for storage (optional)
- If desired, print the PDF Stencil and the PDF Menu; I suggest printing onto a sturdy piece of cardstock.
- Cut out each stencil shape from the cardstock and trace onto the felt (I use sheets of colored felt such as these) using a Disappearing Ink Marking Pen.
- Using fabric scissors, cut out the traced pizza dough (tan felt), the sauce (red or white felt), and all of the desired toppings (**see the list of example toppings). Alternatively, you can skip the stencil and simply cut each shape free-hand—they don’t need to be perfect.
- Now let your child construct his/her own pizzas! For older children, you can give them the “menu” options and they can build pizzas for different order requests (Tip: laminate the menu to make it last longer).
Examples of Toppings
Get the free printable stencil here
- Pepperoni (red felt)
- Sausage (dark-brown felt)
- Ham/Canadian bacon (pink felt)
- Pineapple (yellow felt)
- Green bell pepper (light-green felt)
- Red Onions (dark-purple felt)
- Mushrooms (light-brown felt)
- Olives (black felt)
- Cheese (white felt)
- Spinach (dark-green felt)
- Chicken (off-white felt)
- Tomatoes (red felt)
Get the free printable Menu here
- Hawaiian (red sauce, cheese, ham, pineapple)
- Meat lovers (red sauce, cheese, pepperoni, sausage, ham)
- Vegetarian (red sauce, cheese, green bell pepper, onions, mushrooms, olives, spinach)
- Pepperoni (red sauce, cheese, pepperoni)
- Supreme (red sauce, cheese, pepperoni, sausage, green bell pepper, onion, mushrooms olives)
- Chicken Alfredo (white sauce, cheese, spinach, chicken, tomatoes)
- Build your own custom pizza