A tasty way to teach little ones how to wait

Making pizza gives preschoolers a chance to practice waiting — and maybe even learn a little patience!

Waiting is a key skill in school — and it’s especially tough for preschoolers and kindergartners. Like any skill, it’s one kids need to practice to learn. Do you know what else is expected of your child in kindergarten? Below, check out more articles about social-emotional skills, like empathy, listening, and self-regulation, that help kids thrive in school.

Video transcript


Teacher: “I know that the English muffin’s yummy, but I would like us to wait before we eat. Because what happens if you wait and cook it first, and the cheese melts. Does that make it yummier?”
Child 1: Yeah.
Teacher: “And — ”
Child 2: “I can wait that —”
Teacher: “To wait — and have —yes, you can.”


Teacher: “How long do you think we waited for this pizza to cook? Do you think it was five minutes? Or was it an hour?”
Child 3: “An hour.”
Teacher: “You thought it was an hour?”
Child 4: “Yes.”
Child 5: “I think it was delicious.”
Child 4: “Yeah. Yummy.”
Child 5: “Yummy.”

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