Here's What You Do the Night Before
Here's an important fact to keep in mind when working with preschoolers; their attention span is roughly equivalent to their age. Therefore, if you are planning to do this project with a two-year old, you have a much smaller window of opportunity than if you are working with an older child.
Try this tip to keep the fun in the project and the frustration at bay. Do as much pre-prep work as possible the night before the project, while keeping in mind your child's small motors skill level. If he or she is adept with using scissors to cut, they may be able to cut out some of the basic circles for the activity. If not, cut these out while you are relaxing on the couch or watching television, and store them in a plastic bag until you are ready for them the next day. Here are some suggestions for shortcuts to take the night before:
An average size serving bowl (like those found in most kitchens) is approximately 7 1/2 to 8 inches in diameter, so try several different sizes on the back of the yellow felt until you find one that fits well. Trace the outline of a circle on the backing of the Stick-It felt. Lay the felt on top of the cardboard with the tracing side up. Cut the two pieces out together to save time.
Peel the backing off the felt and lay it on top of the cardboard. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands. The cardboard gives the felt the stability it needs to serve as the crust and support the toppings.
Mushrooms and pepperoni:
Trace around the outside of a quarter to make 10 circles on the ivory felt, and then lay the ivory piece on top of the brown felt. Smooth out any wrinkles, line the edges up evenly and cut out the circles two at a time.
Trace a six inch circle (use a smaller bowl or saucer) onto the red felt and cut it out. This represents the tomato paste and will be the base for the toppings.
Green pepper and cheese:
Measure and mark the remaining pieces of felt. You need a one-half inch strip of both the gold and green felt. Cut the green felt into tiny squares to represent green pepper chunks, and the gold into narrow strips to represent cheese. If you would like additional toppings, use a strip of red to make red pepper chunks and a strip of ivory to make mozzarella cheese strips.