The children really enjoyed talking about their favorite pizza toppings from plain cheese and pepperoni to jalapeno. Each child was given a lump of clay and an array of objects, such as different types of pasta, buttons, wood pieces, clay tools, and rolling pins. I instructed the students as they rolled the clay flat and then used each object to see what type of texture it would make in the clay. After this guided instruction I had students experiment with the clay for a bit themselves. It was neat to see them make textures and then roll them away to make room for new ones. After playing with the clay for a while it was time to make our pizzas.
To discuss shapes, I showed the students how to make a round pizza and how to make a triangular slice of pizza. The children could then decide the shape of the pizza they wanted to make. After shaping their clay pizza dough they used different objects to add the textures for their toppings.
Seeing the thought process that went into deciding what objects would make the best cheese, and what makes the best pepperoni demonstrated their understanding of how to make texture with clay. I can’t wait to see how they turn out after they paint them next week.