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Know what’s better than a cooking show on TV? A cooking show in your own living room . . . with PUPPETS!!
Using puppets is a fantastic way to encourage imagination and storytelling skills while having lots of fun! My girls adore their chef puppet (Chef Alfredo “Al” Dente), so they were very excited to have Chef Alfredo (yours truly hiding behind the sofa) teach them the proper way to make a great tasting pizza!
First, they spread out the dough, and added tomato sauce (made from the freshest ingredients, of course).
Then, it was time to add the cheese. Clara helped Chef Alfredo count the number of pizza slices as he went along. Bellissimo!
Next, he added the toppings! Chef Alfredo used plenty of tasty and fresh vegetables on his pizza.
Finally, the taste test! It started out quite nicely. Chef Alfredo took a few tiny bites, and then. . . .
..he quickly devoured the entire pizza!!!
Mmmm . . . Delicioso!!
It didn’t take long for the girls to have puppet cooking shows on their own. Chef Alfredo went on to tape several more episodes including ravioli, lasagna, and even spaghetti with lots of silly giggles along the way!
Valerie Deneen is the author of Inner Child Fun, where she inspires parents to spend more quality time with their kids, and less money doing it. Inner Child Fun celebrates simple pleasures for all ages—with more than 1,000 frugal and creative projects sure to bring out the “kid” in you too! Follow Valerie on Twitter or say “Hi” on Facebook.