The last 3 years we have had a Primary Program Pizza Party the Friday or Saturday before our program. The children work so hard, so it's nice to reward them with a little party. :)
But we don't just give them a pizza party....we make them earn it.
Yep, we are so mean. :)
We really encourage the children to memorize their parts, so we don't have to read it to them during the Program.
So, we came up with this idea to get them excited about memorizing them.
This is our Program Pizza, I made it today for church tomorrow.
Here is how it works:
Start out with an empty pizza dish. I just used a file folder today and cut out a circle. Then I covered it in Aluminum foil.
Show the children the empty pizza dish and tell them in order to have the pizza party they are going to have to make a pizza. Explain to the children that they will be making a pizza by memorizing their parts. Each Sunday as you practice the program, anytime a child recites their part (without any help) they will be able to add a piece to the pizza.
I have 8 slices of pizza and 20 pepperoni. I figured not every single person will be able to memorize their part, but if a majority of the children do then that is great.
To keep track of who has said their part, I just write their name on the back of each piece.
When the pizza is complete (like above), the children know that they will be getting a Pizza Party! Yeah!!
I used construction paper to create my pizza this year. I first cut a large circle using a tan color (I used a large bowl to trace the circle).
Then I used a smaller bowl to trace a circle on red construction paper (this is for the sauce).
Then using a smaller bowl, I traced a circle on yellow paper (for cheese). I then drew a wavy pattern around the edge and cut it out.
I glued those all together and then cut out 8 slices.
On the left-over red paper I cut out 20 small circles for pepperoni. You could also do olives, bell peppers, mushrooms, etc.
I wanted simple, so I stopped with pepperoni. :)
And there you go...your very own Program Pizza.
What do you use to prepare for the Program?
We also play a game during practices to encourage reverence. I'll share that tomorrow. :)
Have a great Sunday!!