Be the first to know about special offers and deals!

1-800-704-9058

We will have extended Customer Service hours during the holiday season: Mon - Fri 9am to 7pm EST, and Sat - Sun 12pm to 5pm EST.

Teddy Bear Breakfast Pizza

Posted by David 04/13/18 0 Comment(s) Toddler-Approved Recipes,Kids in the Kitchen,

Teddy Bear Breakfast Pizza

post by Noelle Martin

 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it is when our body and brain wake up and are ready for energy! Children who eat breakfast have better physical and mental energy all day long and retain more of what they learn. One of our favourite breakfast (or morning snack) options is “breakfast pizza”. The best part is that if you place the ingredients out, your children can climb into their Little Partners Learning Tower and have fun making the pizza quite independently and learn so many things at the same time! Now that is a MOM WIN! Here is the recipe if you want to try it with your little one. 

 

Ingredients (per 4 pizzas)

- 4 personal round flat bread
 

- ½ cup almond butter (or you could use peanut butter, soy nut butter, or SunButter)
 

- ¼ cup hemp hearts
 

- 1 banana, sliced
 

- 8 raisins
 

- 4 blueberries

 

 

 

 

Instructions
 

For each personal pizza, spread about 1-2 Tbsp. of your choice of nut/seed butter onto the flat bread. Add two banana slices for “the eyes” and then ½ banana slice at the bottom for “the mouth”. Add a raisin to the center of the top banana slices to be the “pupils of the eyes” and a blueberry to be “the nose”. Sprinkle with hemp hearts and enjoy!

 

 

Dietitian Note: If you have a child who is a picky eater, exposure to food via food preparation can be really beneficial. Experiencing whether a food is hard or soft or sticky without the pressure to consume it from their plate can reduce anxiety around food quite significantly. 

 

Development Note: This activity is wonderful for developing fine motor skills as your child spreads the nut/seed butter, adds the fruit, and sprinkles the hemp hearts. Each step takes a lot of concentration. If your child does not get the pieces in the proper place, don’t worry about it! This is all about having fun while preparing nourishment, spending time together, and learning. Speaking of learning, here are a few things that Rhett learned when we made these. 

 

“Kids in the Kitchen” Learning Notes

Letter recognition and letter sounds: For this recipe we focused on the letter “B” for BREAKFAST, BANANA, BLUEBERRY, BEAR, BLUE, and “P” for PIZZA. I had a flashcards with the letters “B” and “P” on them. We talked about the sound the letters make and practiced tracing them on the cards.  

 

 

Colors: For this recipe we talked about BLUE and WHITE. I had flashcards to show match with the WHITE pizza crust and BLUE blueberries. YELLOW would be another great colour for this recipe. 

 

Shapes and Size: This recipe is a really fun one for teaching about/comparing shapes and sizes. Many of the ingredients were ROUND, but different sizes. We talked about how the pizza crust was the BIGGEST CIRCLE, and then the banana, blueberries, and raisins were MEDIUM and SMALL CIRCLES, and the hemp hearts were TINY.  

 

Texture/Solid: When it was time to add the almond butter Rhett decided to take a big bite first. He was really hungry! lol He noted right away that is was really STICKY  in his mouth and then as he tried to spread it he asked for help because it was sticky. Then as he cut the banana up he noted it was SLIPPERY. This was the perfect opening to talk about different textures and compare how the almond butter felt in his mouth compared to how the banana felt on his fingers. I also showed him that the blueberries were quite HARD compared to the SQUISHY raisins. So many textures in one recipe!

 

 

Numbers and Mathematical Skills: Before starting our recipe, we COUNTED the number of each food we needed for each bear. We needed ONE pizza crust, TWO banana circles, TWO raisins, ONE blueberry, and ONE HALF of a banana slice for the mouth.  

 

Creating/Imagination/Experimenting: This activity was an incredible one for Rhett to take the lead on. I made an example to show him and then let him create his own version. I loved that he didn’t pay a lot of attention to mine. He used his imagination, moved things around a bit, and created the version he wanted. Needless to say we both gobbled them up with a cup of coconut milk.

 

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Noelle Martin is a Registered Dietitian and mom of three young boys. She has a passion for educating, inspiring, and empowering moms to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. Noelle loves involving her children in food planning and preparation for their home and sees the kitchen as a perfect area for teaching both academic and life skills. Follow @MotherhoodandMeals on Instagram for Noelle's nutrition tips, recipes, product reviews, and motherhood moments

Leave a Comment