The next step was to make REAL pizzas! We tackled this pretty simply, but the children really enjoyed it. Again, it was another great "whole-group" activity where we worked together. . .
So I set out two clear pitchers of colored water and a container of salt and told the children we were doing an "experiment". They were asked to pour some water (not all of it which is hard for them to control, but good to learn) into their bowl and then take one spoonful (again, not easy for them not to want to dump the entire container) of salt and stir it into the water until it disappeared, or dissolved, as we learned. At one point, one of the children exclaimed, "I'm gonna make a mess!!" and she started to spill her "potion". I dissuaded her from continuing the mess, by explaining that in a scientific experiment one must follow the directions and be very neat and tidy! This was a good exercise in self control, coordination and following directions. The children did fabulous and I congratulated them by allowing them then to make a "mess"!
We made our actual pizzas using big buns from Sunflower as crust. The children enjoyed spreading the sauce...
Elliott making friends with Green Sheep
Another provocation waiting for the children outside one day was a big, white bucket of water...hmm what to do with that?!
Suddenly they were all sifting, pouring and transferring the water to the sand box. I could see the wheels really turning when they tried to figure out how to fill a big cup up and then the children copied each other when someone found a good way to do it! They worked really hard at this, as you can see...I love it when they spontaneously begin working together!