Pizza toss drawing game for preschool

Pizza is so much fun to explore in preschool. Exploring pizza can lead to conversations about likes, dislikes, shapes, color, vegetables and other food, and of course many different kinds of art, music, math, science, and reading activities. One of our many ways of exploring pizzas included this simple DIY pizza toss game…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

The pizza toss drawing game is simple to prepare even if you are like me and have very limited drawing skills.  First you will need a set of square blocks or a blank dice you can draw on.  I am always collecting square wooden blocks of different sizes to make my own games with.  The nice thing about the wooden blocks is that I can reuse them by painting over the drawings and then turning them into a new game…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

To create our pizza toss game, I drew different pizza toppings on each side of the small wooden block. Some of my drawings were more recognizable than others but I tried to draw a mushroom, pepperoni, sausage, green pepper, shredded cheese, and a question mark on each side of our blocks.  I set my DIY pizza toss dice out with round pieces of drawing paper and crayons for the children to draw up their own pizzas…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

I demonstrated how to play the game so the children would see that they could make lots of choices in the process. I would say, “Oh look, I got some cheese” and draw some squiggly lines with a yellow crayon on my pizza.  Then I rolled the dice again and would say, “Oh no, I got more cheese!!” and the children all laughed while I drew more squiggly lines.  With everything we do, there is always the reminder that my pizza looks the way I want it to look and their pizza can look the way they want it to look…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

As the children played our pizza toss game, I observed some very interesting results. Some children were very into drawing lots of different pizza toppings based on which topping rolled up on top of the pizza dice…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

Many of my younger students focused on color more than on drawing specific shapes. With each roll of the dice, I would watch them as they reached over to grab the color that landed on top of the pizza dice.  It was easy to observe how far the children were coming along with their ability to recognize, differentiate, and select the different colors…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

And some of my students added elements of a pizza that wasn’t on the dice like pizza sauce!…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

Although the children used a drawing prompt to inspire their drawings, every single pizza drawing was unique in design and decision-making and the children all took their time to enjoy the drawing game process…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

And a couple of our little guys invented a new way to explore our DIY pizza toss game…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

I love using drawing prompts but if you haven’t used a drawing prompt before, keep in mind that the goal isn’t to get kids to draw like you do but rather to inspire them to move beyond the “scribble” type drawings and story telling (although all drawing and mark making is meaningful to the child) and to try new drawing techniques or approaches. In other words, to build on  a child’s drawing skills by inviting the child to add different color, shapes, lines, and his or her own ideas. Don’t make the drawing prompt a right or wrong proposition in the drawing process…

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

DIY Pizza Toss drawing game by Teach Preschool

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Malia {Playdough to Plato} March 17, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Such a fun idea!! Adding to our to-do list for our next rainy day. Thank you!

  2. Amanda Mason March 17, 2014 at 11:42 am - Reply

    I love this! I know my kids will too 🙂 Thank you!

  3. Marcia Fowler March 18, 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply

    My son and his little preschool buddies are going to love this activity!

  4. Amber @ Fit, Foodie Runs March 20, 2014 at 7:59 am - Reply

    I love this project! We’re going to do it today. I really love that I can look at your site on a whim and find something amazing!

    Enjoy your pizza pie!

  5. Primary Beginnings March 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Such a great idea! Our kiddos will love playing!

  6. Elizabeth March 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Did this with my daughter this morning. After we were done with all our toppings, we used scissors to cut our pizzas into slices and eat them! This was her favorite part.

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