First Grade Activity
for family, school or community with Fruitzzas!
Materials / Equipment Needed:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter or margarine
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 box (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 ¾ cups milk
  • 1 can (21 oz.) cherry, strawberry, blueberry pie filling
  • Optional: chopped nuts, mini-chips or cinnamon/sugar mix
  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cooling rack
  • Knife for spreading
  • Plan a special party for family members or plan a small party for a school class or community group.
  • Discuss what makes a party fun for everyone who is there.
  • List ingredients for a good party:
  • Invitations sent timely to guests.
  • Guests introduced.
  • Fun things to do that include everyone.
  • Thoughtful and flexible hosts.
  • Good food and drink provided.
  • Good manners.
  • Fill in invitations with who, what, when and where.
  • Plan decorations, games/activities and refreshments.
  • Make name tags and decorations.
  • Prepare enough Fruitzza crusts, pudding, toppings and beverage to serve the total number of guests.
  • Learn party manners.
  • Read a book (see two suggestions) that will discuss the “what and why” of manners. Ask what manners should be used at the party.
  • Assign a job for each family member on the day of the party: Greeting, providing name tags, decorating, leading games, serving refreshments.

Baking Activity:

Make Fruitzzas

Makes 8 small dessert pizzas


  • Crusts:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour


  • 1 box (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 1 ¾ cups milk, 2%
  • 1 can (21 oz.) blueberry, cherry or strawberry pie filling
  • Optional: Chopped nuts, mini-chips or cinnamon/sugar mix to sprinkle on top


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir sugar, margarine, vanilla and egg together; add flour and mix to make a soft dough.
  3. Divide the dough into 8 parts and roll each into a ball. Press each part into a 4-inch
    circle on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute before
    taking cookie-pizza off cookie sheet. Cool completely on wire racks.
  5. While crusts bake and cool, mix vanilla pudding and pie filling mix with 1 ¾ cups milk as directed on package. Spread about 2 tablespoons vanilla pudding on each cookie-pizza. Top each with 1 tablespoon fruit pie filling and optional sprinkles to decorate.

Note: Crusts may be made ahead of time and frozen.

Source: Gold Medal Flour Rainbow Bakery Cookbook

Bake for Family Fun Exploration:
  • How do you help everyone to feel welcome, comfortable and included in the party?
  • What other toppings could you use for the Fruitzzas?
  • Arrange a variety of toppings for guests to top the Fruitzzas.
  • Each week practice a manner.
  • Hosts and Hostesses Check List:
    • Send the invitation in plenty of time with clear directions to the party. Make the day and date clear plus when the party will start and end. Provide a phone number for responses or questions.
    • If activities are outdoors or active, let guests know so they dress for the plans.
    • Welcome each guest.
    • Introduce each guest or plan a game to help everyone meet.
    • Provide name tags if it is a large group and people do not know one another.
    • Plan several activities that keep people involved and help everyone to participate.
    • Have a few extra prizes or refreshments so no one will be left out.


welcoming and generous to guests
polite social behavior

Books for Reading Together:

The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza. Philemon Sturges. 1999.
Manners. Aliki Brandenberg. 1990. Greenwillow Books.
Grover ’s Guide to Good Manners. Constance Allen. 1992.

Party planning resource:

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