Play based learning 4 chicks 4 moms

Theme: Italy Day 1

on August 26, 2013

This weeks theme is, Italy!  We started off by learning how to say, “Ciao!”  They were so cute.  We also tried to say, “Si” for, “yes” whenever we could remember.

Pooh Bear had to leave early, so we got right on it and made some Focaccia bread.  Corie makes it all the time and my kids LOVE IT.  By the time I got started prepping my lesson, it was too late to call for her recipe, so I just found one off of Allrecipes.com.  I always assumed it was a complicated recipe.  It’s not!  It’s super easy!!!  So easy, I made it three times this past weekend.  It would make a great pizza crust or you could roll all kinds of goodies into it.  The recipe I used is posted at the bottom.

Preschool theme Italy Focassia

This is a really sticky dough.  The chicks got a little uncomfortable with that part, which surprised me.  Uniqua even said, “I don’t like the new Girls Club!  It’s so sticky!”

Preschool Theme Italy Focaccia

Here it is, fresh out of the oven.


I let them use ranch sauce and they really enjoyed it.


The flag of Italy is a perfect tool for little preschool minds.  We made patterns using colored paper.  A three part pattern is still a little challenging for three year olds.  Once we were “singing” the pattern though, they got it down.


To take it a step further, we counted out how many flags of Italy we created in our patterns.  They did better on this than I expected.


We had fun asking questions that required them to answer, “Si.” for the rest of the day.


Focaccia Recipe from AllRecipes


Original recipe makes 1 focaccia
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.
  2. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Punch dough down; place on greased baking sheet. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

2 responses to “Theme: Italy Day 1

  1. beth says:

    ha, uniqua.
    i love italy.

  2. 4chicksplay says:

    Thereʻs thyme in the garden if you ever want to try fresh.

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