Sensory Pizza Plate
In this activity, you will learn how to make different toppings for your own pizza! Each topping has a different texture to it, so it is a fun way to play with different touches and feelings! You get to choose whatever topics you put on your pizza, so be creative! This is a great way to practice cutting and gluing skills! When you are finished, you can also use your pizza to practice math skills by counting your slices!
Red, yellow, and white paint
Brown pencil crayon
Red circle foam shapes
Green and yellow pipe cleaners
White construction paper
White or grey string
Black tissue paper
A glue stick
Step 1: Start by making our pizza shape. Sometimes paper plates have borders around them with designs on them, but for our pizza, we just want a plain paper plate. So, if you have a border around your paper plate like I did you can just cut it off! If you need help with cutting, make sure to ask an adult for help!
Step 2: We need to make the crust for the pizza! I used yellow paint to make the crust, but you can use a yellow crayon or a marker, it’s your choice!
Only paint around the edge of the paper plate, because we will fill the rest in with tomato sauce like on a real pizza! Let your paint dry before moving on to the next step, it took mine about 10 minutes to dry!
Once my paint dried, I also added some brown pencil crayon on top of my yellow paint to make it look like a real crust!
Step 3:Let’s put some tomato sauce on the pizza! I used red paint for my tomato sauce, but you can also use a red crayon or a red marker to colour it in! Fill in the rest of the plate with the tomato sauce that you painted.
Place your pizza to dry before moving on to the next step, about ten minutes!
Step 4: I wanted to paint some cheese onto my pizza because I like a lot of cheese on my pizza! I used yellow paint and painted small lines all over my pizza! You can also use a marker or crayon if you want! We will also be making some more cheese so if you don’t want to paint the cheese, it’s your choice! You can now put your pizza off to the side to finish drying.
Now we can start to make the toppings! I am going to show you how to make a bunch of toppings, but you get to choose which toppings you make and add to your pizza!
Step 5: If you like pepperoni, follow this step! I used a red circle foam shape and a small paintbrush. The pepperoni is going to feel smooth and thin, like a real slice of pepperoni! Using the paintbrush, I made white dots all over the red foam shape so that it looks like pepperoni! I made 6 pepperonis for my pizza but it’s your choice! Once you have put dots on all of the foam shapes you want, put them to the side and let them dry!
Step 6: Let’s make some more cheese for the pizza! I used a yellow pipe cleaner, but you can use yellow string or yellow tissue paper! If you use the pipe cleaner, the cheese is going to feel small and fuzzy!
I measured the pipe cleaner pieces to be as long as my fingernail so that they look like shredded cheese that is on pizza!
Cut and measure as many pieces of cheese as you want! If you need help with cutting, make sure to ask an adult for help! When you are happy, put them off to the side!
Step 7: You can also make some green pepper pieces for your pizza! I used green pipe cleaner, but you can use green construction paper or tissue paper! If you use the pipe cleaner, the pepper is going to feel long and fuzzy!
I measured the pipe cleaner pieces to be as long as the tip of my finger to my knuckle (the middle of my finger). Cut and measure as many pieces of pepper as you want!
A tip for when you are cutting things that you want to be the same size is that if you put the original piece beside the next thing that you want to cut, you can make sure they are the same size! When you are happy, put them off to the side!
Step 8: If you like olives, follow this step! I used tissue paper, but you can use beads or construction paper! If you use tissue paper, the olives are going to feel rough!
To start, we need to rip the tissue paper into small pieces, about the size of three fingers. They do not need to all be the exact same size!
Once you have ripped up how many pieces to make the olives that you want, roll them into balls. When you are happy, put them off to the side!
Step 9: You can also make some onion for the pizza! I used a string, but you can use ribbon or paper! If you use string, the onion is going to feel smooth!
To start, we need to measure the string to be as long as our hand. Measure as many pieces as you want to make the onion. Then, we need to make the onion round, so we have to tie a knot! If you need help with tying, make sure to ask an adult! You can also follow along with these steps to tie the knot: Start by taking each end of the string in your left and right hand.
Cross your left hand over your right hand.
Then, pull your right hand down underneath your left hand and over top of the cross you have made, then cross your left hand over your right and pull through to make the knot! If you have any extra string once you have made the knot, you can cut it off!
Step 10: The last topping you can make is some mushrooms for the pizza! I chose to draw my mushrooms, but you can also use foam shapes!
To draw my mushrooms, I used a brown crayon and started with a rectangle facing hamburger style (vertically) on my paper, but DID NOT draw the top of the rectangle.
Then I drew two lines facing hamburger style (horizontally) on each side of the rectangle and connected them by drawing a half circle (like if you were to see the sunset!)
Next, I coloured in two half circles where I drew the two horizontal lines to finish off the mushroom. I drew a few different sizes of mushrooms because in real life mushrooms are not all the same!
Once you are happy, cut out your mushrooms by cutting along the lines you drew and put them on the side.
These are all of the toppings that I made, but be creative! You can always find more toppings to make and add to your pizza if you want to!
Step 11: I decided to cut my pizza into slices so that I can share my pizza with friends when we play with it! You can also use this pizza to practice your math skills if you decide to cut it into slices! If you need help with cutting, make sure to ask an adult for help!
I started by cutting my pizza in half going from the top to the bottom of my pizza! This should make it into two half pieces.
Then I cut it again going from side to side of my pizza! This should cut it into 4 quarter pieces.
Finally, I cut each of my quarter pieces in half again to make 8 triangle pieces of pizza, like it looks in real life! You can cut them again into even smaller slices but they might be very small!
Step 12: Now we can create our pizza!
I gathered all of my toppings together in one place and I used glue to glue everything onto the different slices of pizza!
It doesn’t matter what order you glue them on, it’s your choice!
You can have some toppings on top of each other because that is how pizzas are in real life! Make sure you press down on your toppings for five seconds after you glue them onto your pizza to make sure that they stay! Let your pizza dry for 10 minutes before moving on to the last step!
Step 13: I wanted to put my pizza on a plate. I used a white piece of construction paper to hold my pizza, but you can also use cardboard or another paper plate if you want!
I placed two pieces of tape onto each slice of pizza by making a loop.
(Stick the sticky side of the tape to the non-sticky side). Then, I placed my slices of pizza on my plate.
Once you are happy with how your pizza looks on your plate you are finished! You have your very own customized pizza that you can play with! If you like to play in an imaginary kitchen, this is a great addition by using your own customizable pizza! You can also use it to play and share with friends!
~Made by Katie M.