Last winter, I happened to talk to Kelsey Cole (of Library Bonanza), who works at the library one town over from me, minutes before she was doing a program called Secret Pizza Party, based around the book of the same name. The program and book sounded really fun, so I pulled the book off the shelf, and by the next day was planning a secret pizza party of my own! Our program ended up different than Kelsey’s, but that’s where the inspiration came from.
As I’ve mentioned before, we have a number of play literacy setups at my library. (Check out my past posts on the grocery store and veterinarian.) We also have a pizza parlor, so that was the focus of this program. We had 20 kids in grades K-2, for 45 minutes. First they ate popsicles while they listened to several books:
- The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges (Love this book and it’s always a hit with this age)
- The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane Auch (Also love this book, but it was probably too long and the kids started getting wiggly)
- Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin (Cute story about a raccoon who tries sneaking into a restaurant to get some pizza. It gave me the happy squeals.)
We talked about all the things you’d find in a pizza parlor and the types of people who would be there (chef, waiter, customer) and then it was time to play! They did a great job playing with each other and behaved really well (at the last play program I did, the kids started getting a little wild towards the end).
Here are photos of our setup. Unfortunately, I don’t have good pictures of the literacy aspects, but we had menus and order forms for the waiters/waitresses to fill out and give to the chefs.