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Mama Mia Pizzaria!

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Sometimes, you just gotta play.

So we played Pizzaria. I asked the kids to join me at my restaurant and seated them at the table. I brought them menus and drinks, and took their order. I made their pizzas to order, and served them up hot. Then I brought them their bill, and made them pay it (with play money, of course)!

Then, it was Elliot’s turn. HE got to be the server, Mary and I got to be the guests.

Elliot, bringing the menus.

My menus. Pretty simple.

Taking our orders

The toppings, from our “Felt Pizzas” kit: green peppers, mushrooms, cheese and pepperoni. Shortly after I snapped this pic I was shooed out of the “kitchen” and back to my table!

Busy at work, making our pizzas.

Voila! Pizza is served!!!


Mary’s turn to be our server!

Mary making our pizzas.

She had such a great smile on her face!

That’s my goofball.

What I liked about this activity is that to the kids, I’m just playing with them. But secretly, they’re getting a chance to role-play, learn about some manners (we practiced saying please and thank you, asking for things nicely, listening to others). I also helped Elliot develop a “code” for writing down the orders (GP for green peppers, CH for cheese, etc). It was so neat to see them take such pride in taking orders, making food, and bringing it to us. They really got a kick out of giving us bills and paying for them as well.

But most of all, I really enjoyed a chance to forget about all of my other commitments for a few minutes to really enjoy playing with my kids. I don’t do this often enough.












Author: Growing Up Good

Mom of 3 under 6. Expert coffee drinker. Homeschooler. Wanna-be-sewer. From-scratch cooker. And pizza orderer.

One thought on “Mama Mia Pizzaria!

  1. Love it! Guess what we’ll be doing tomorrow morning since we had to cancel our playdate with our good friends 🙂

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