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Food Related Books and Activities
(Originally produced in cooperation with the Summer Library Reading Program)


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Book: The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza
Author: Philomen Struges, Amy Walrod
Publisher: Picture Puffins
ISBN-13: 978-0142301890
Age Level: 3 to 5 years

The classic story of the Little Red Hen with a new twist.

MyPlate Pizza Collage Activity Supplies:
  • 1 paper plate per child. Or use the crust template
  • Red washable paint and white craft glue (Mix the red paint with the white craft glue, not so much glue that it turns pink, this is supposed to represent the sauce for your pizza, you can mix beforehand and pour onto plates and let children spread it around with cotton swab.)
  • Cotton swabs to use as paint brushes
  • White craft glue/glue stick
  • Paper plates to hold sauce
  • Something to cover and protect tables
  • Scraps of construction paper (assortment of colors such as: red, brown, green, yellow, tan, white) Or use the templates provided to cut and/or color pizza toppings. (Alternate set of pizza toppings template)
  • Scissors enough to share
  • An orange crayon
  • MyPlate Poster


Pizza Toppings TemplatesDoing the MyPlate Pizza Collage Activity:

  1. Read The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza.
  2. Cover tables.
  3. Give each child a paper plate and cotton swab; tell them they are going to make a pizza using the food groups from MyPlate.
  4. Hold up MyPlate Poster and reference the colors on it and the phrases below.
    Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
    Make at least half your grains whole grains
    Switch to fat free or low fat milk
    Eat a variety of protein foods
  5. Have children color the whole plate orange for grains.
    • Explain the color orange is for grains on MyPlate. On pizzas the crust is made from flour, which is milled from a grain. They are to color the whole plate orange.
  6. Pour a small amount of “red sauce” on to each child’s paper plate/crust.
    • Instruct them to use the cotton swab to spread the sauce on their pizza. Red sauce is made from tomatoes, which are vegetables and vegetables are the color green on MyPlate.
    • Instruct them to leave an edge so that the crust can be seen.
  7. Ask children what kinds of other foods they like on their pizzas. Repeat back to children some of the foods they mention and ask or tell them what food group they belong to. Example: pineapple (a fruit), mushrooms (a vegetable), broccoli (a vegetable), Canadian bacon (protein food), cheese (dairy)
  8. Pass out scissors and have children cut or tear the paper into shapes to look like a food they would want to eat on their pizza.
  9. Pizza toppingsThe glue sauce should be tacky enough that children can just put their paper shapes on it. If they want to put on more than one layer of toppings give them some glue or a glue stick to do so. Caution: too many toppings will fall off so don’t encourage too many layers.
  10. Interact with children as they are gluing on their topping and interject the other colors of MyPlate; Example: hamburger and pepperoni on pizza are very good and they belong in the protein foods group which is purple.
  11. Don’t forget to have them add the cheese. They can tear or cut small strips of yellow and white paper to represent cheese, which is in the dairy group; the blue color on MyPlate.

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