10 playful ways to transform a pizza box

Pizza boxes are a fantastic tool for play!  They are small and can be stacked easily for storage purposes.  They are portable and are perfect for on the go.  Simply open the box to store all of your extra parts or pieces.  Pizza boxes are also super versatile and rather inexpensive.  Today I am sharing with you 10 playful ways to transform a pizza box..

10 playful ways to transform a pizza box by Teach Preschool

To turn a pizza box into a terrific fine motor activity, all you really need is an exacto knife and a little creativity.  These preschool pizza box games are easy to create and can be used in a variety of ways around the classroom…

Pizza Box game with lids

Weaving box

Foam block pizza box game

Another super way to promote fine motor skills is by offering tools.  Our DIY fix-it box is an inexpensive way to create a tool bench and to use all those play tools that we always seem to accumulate…

DIY Fix it Box by Teach Preschool

Puzzle making is also a great fine motor and critical thinking activity.  Our DIY pizza box textured puzzles are a fun twist on a traditional puzzle…

Pizza Puzzles

As suggested over on Libraryland, pizza boxes also make great felt or flannel boards!  Apply your felt to the outside of the pizza box and store all of your characters and accessories inside.  What a great way to organize classroom felt theme sets!  A pizza box felt board set would also be a great travel toy for children…

10 playful ways to transform a pizza box by Teach Preschool

This pizza box tic tac toe set from 365(ish) Days of Pinterest would also be a great travel toy…

10 playful ways to transform a pizza box by Teach Preschool

Pizza boxes can also be transformed into art tools.  Munchkins and Moms turned a simple pizza box into an awesome pizza box easel

10 playful ways to transform a pizza box by Teach Preschooll

When your child is finished creating artwork on his easel, he can lay it to dry in a pizza box drying rack

Pizza Box Drying Rack from Teach Preschool

Pizza boxes can also be used for dramatic play.  This DIY pizza box kitchen is just as much fun as any play kitchen you could buy in the store and it can be put together for a fraction of the cost!

Pizza Box Kitchen by Teach Preschool

This transportation roadway set from Not Just Preschool is also pretty darn inspiring!   I can think of several little boys and girls that would love a roadway set like this one.  And it would make a great gift…

10 playful ways to transform a pizza box by Teach Preschool

Of course,  you can always use a pizza box for its intended purpose, pizza!  This dramatic play pizza shop from Pre-K Pages is just adorable!  It would provide hours of endless play at home or in a classroom…

10 playful ways to transform a pizza box by Teach Preschool

A few things you might want to take into consideration when transforming a pizza box into a tool for play:

  • You can certainly upcycle a used pizza box, but you will want to be sure that it is clean.  A greasy pizza box could ruin a play set.
  • You can order pizza boxes off Amazon rather inexpensively in bulk.  If you don’t need 50 pizza boxes, then split the cost and share with your fellow teachers.
  • Your local pizza restaurant may be willing to donate a few boxes.  It never hurts to ask!
  • Pizza boxes come in various sizes from the rather small personal pizza sized box, all the way up to the extra large sized pizza boxes.  Choose the size that works best for you.

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By |2014-05-24T23:55:53+00:00May 24th, 2014|

About the Author:

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. Vanessa @Pre-K Pages May 25, 2014 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Lots of great ways to use a pizza box Courtney! Thanks for including Pre-K Pages 🙂

  2. Josephine Castillo May 25, 2014 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Very good ideas with pizza boxes. Any ideas to teach spanish
    At pre school level.

  3. Bear Hugs Childcare May 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    It is great to see so many ways to transform a pizza box! I love the race car track, looks just like the NASCAR track in Daytona!

  4. Tina Truelove May 27, 2014 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    These are great ideas. We loved our transportation roadway and can’t wait to make lots of other things with our pizza boxes. Thank you for sharing our experience!

  5. Daniela May 28, 2014 at 12:14 am - Reply



  6. Sanam May 28, 2014 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Thank you Courtney for sharing these great ideas. I personally like the DIY Pizza Box Textured Puzzles. It involves some work, but it’s a very fun project for kids and has a lot of learning value. Pizza on Saturday night, Fun Crafts on Sunday Morning! We just need to find a way to wipe off the cheese and the sauce from the inside of the box!

  7. Nicole May 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you for including my tic-tac-toe box! This is a great collection with some really fun ideas. I love all the fine motor skills practiced here 🙂

  8. Anne-Marie June 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Pizza box drying rack – I love it! This is a great idea to keep the artwork safe while it dries – and I love the use of vertical space! We always run out of flat surfaces that aren’t on the floor where they can be stepped on. Thanks!

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