Just like pizza, play food is best when you can make it exactly the way you like it. Prepare a whole pie's worth of plain paper slices for a great preschoolers' party craft.
This idea was adapted from a project on Lindsey Boardman's blog, Filth Wizardry. Lindsey lives in California, where she uses her science and design skills to create often-messy crafts with her two young kids. Visit her at filthwizardry.blogspot.com.
Cut a large piece of corrugated cardboard into a circle, then into pie slices. Wrap each cardboard slice with a piece of brown paper bag or kraft paper as shown, securing it with tape. For the crust, roll up and crumple the excess paper along the curved edge and secure it with tacky glue.
For paper toppings, try yellow cheese shreds, black olive circles (made with a hole punch), crumpled-paper sausage meat, simple mushroom shapes, red sauce blobs, pepperoni circles, and curvy green pepper strips. Let your tiny chef attach toppings to his slice with a glue stick.