Pizza Math

I bought this Pizza Math game on sale at Target one day because I thought B would like to pretend to make pizzas. However, when I opened it up I realized what an incredible learning opportunity I had just purchased.

pizza math

Let me just say I’m not blogging about this because I think you should run out and buy one, I think you could MAKE YOUR OWN!

~The game contains 6 pieces of 8 different toppings (so 48 slices total). This is the part where you can DIY. Trace 8 circles on cardstock and divide the circle into 6 pieces. Cut and decorate.

For the following games, each player draws 6 pieces to start. Then, take turns drawing and discarding until they have the pizza they need.

The Works: The first person to make a pizza with “the works” (each slice with a different topping) wins.

Half & Half: The first person to build a pizza with half of one topping and half of another wins.

Make 10: The first person to make a pizza with toppings that add up to 10 wins.

The Six Mix: The first person to make a pizza with toppings in order from 1 to 6 wins (first pieces has 1 topping, second has 2, etc.).

So far I’ve been using this game with B (2 1/2 yrs.) in a different way. As he ‘s creating pizzas I say things like:

  • “Can you make a pizza with half cheese and half pepperoni?”
  • How many toppings do you have on your pizza? Can you count them?”
  • “Can you make a pizza without onion?”.

He is playing AND being exposed to math concepts and vocabulary.

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  • Reply Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog

    Oh yes, I completely agree pizza is a fabulous way to teach early math skills. We made our own set from felt awhile ago, and it’s still a big hit here!! Love it!!

    October 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply vanessa

    I picked up the farm version of this game at target a few weeks ago–on the clearance aisle–didn’t see the pizza one! But, it’s exactly the same except instead of toppings on pizza, there are animals in a pen. 1 horse, 2 pigs, etc. We practice counting the animals, but I like the idea of making a pizza with half cheese, half pepperoni…I might be making this OR use what we have to make goat and cow pizza…

    October 16, 2009 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Ticia

    I really should sit and make this sometime. My kids would love it. Maybe make it out of felt, so the pieces would somewhat stick together.

    October 16, 2009 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply Adriana

    Fantastic idea! D would love this! I am going to look for Vanessa’s version with the animals too. Thanks for the suggestions!

    October 18, 2009 at 2:29 am
  • Reply Jen

    My five year old would love this! I made pizza last year with my first grader to teach fractions. We had a blast cooking and learning math at the same time.

    Creative and Curious Kids

    October 20, 2009 at 2:13 am
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