You will need
- Chopping boards
- Mixing bowls
- Baking trays
- Kitchen scales
- Ingredients (see recipe card)
Before you begin
- Check in advance whether anyone has allergies or dietary requirements, and make sure you have suitable ingredients or substitutes.
- If you’re planning to cook as part of a normal meeting, it may be best to let people know, so that they come ready to make (and eat!) a meal.
Make your pizzas
- The person leading the activity should explain that pizza was first made in Naples, in the South of Italy.
- Everyone should split into groups of between four and six people. It’s best if people with similar dietary requirements stick together – this makes it easier and reduces the risk of cross contamination.
- Everyone should get ready to cook by tying their hair up, taking off any rings, rolling long sleeves up, washing their hands, and covering any cuts with a blue (or brightly coloured) plaster.
- The person leading the activity should give each group a copy of the recipe. Each group should collect their equipment and weigh and measure their ingredients (an adult may need to help with this).
- Everyone should follow the recipe cards, with adults helping out when needed.
- Once they’re ready, everyone should clean and lay the table and serve the food.
- After they’ve enjoyed their meal, everyone should help to tidy up and clean.
This activity reminded everyone that one exciting part of being a citizen is being able to shares special things (such as food) with other people. Can anyone think of any other dishes from other countries?
This activity also gave everyone the chance to gain practical skills for cooking and serving food. Had anyone tried pizza before? How did today’s version compare? There were lots of different skills involved in making this meal, including mixing, kneading and rolling – so well done for giving them all a go! These skills can also be used to make other dishes – can anyone think of an example?
Check for allergies before you begin. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.
Teach young people how to use cooking equipment safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Make sure it’s safe to use and follow manufacturers’ guidelines for use.
- Sharp objects
Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
- Fires and stoves
Make sure anyone using fires and stoves is doing so safely. Check that the equipment and area are suitable and have plenty of ventilation. Follow the gas safety guidance. Have a safe way to extinguish the fire in an emergency.
- Water games and activities
Be careful when doing activities with, in, or near water. Check surfaces and reduce the risk of slipping where possible. Make sure you have appropriate supervision for this activity.