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Da Vinci and Hybrid Pizza

"Time abides long enough for those who make use of it."

1 cup + 1 tbsp warm water

2 1/4 tsp active yeast

1 tsp granulated sugar

3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tbsp olive oil

Tomato sauce, Italian seasonings, mozzarella cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings

Combine water, yeast, and sugar - let yeast bloom 

Add flour and salt slowly to yeast water , when mostly combined, add olive oil. 

Continue kneading until a smooth ball forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise. 

Shape risen dough into large disc. 

Top with tomato sauce and cheese and add your favorite pizza toppings. 

Suggested Activity

Kids combine two animals or more, to create imaginary creatures.

You will need: parchment paper, pencils, animal photos.

No need to print out photos, just pile some books and magazines for the kids to trace from.

Da Vinci Topics (1452 – 1519)

1. The 15th century –

2. From Artisans to artists: In world Leonardo was born into, you couldn’t see paintings in a museum. Of course, painters have been around for thousands of years, but 500 years ago painting was a trade. You could paint pictures, or you could paint a door, or you can build a door. These were all artisanal skills. Skills of manufacturing or improving on a needed item. Leonardo and his contemporaries were amongst the first generations to create as artists, and win fame for their art.

3. Leonardo’s Biography: 5 interesting facts – SLIDE SHOW

a. When Leonardo was born his mother and father were not married to each other. Shortly after, his mother married a different man, and Leonardo was raised by his uncle.

b. [school] [talented, made his teacher quit]

c. Prankster

4. Loving Animals: Since childhood Leonardo was fascinated by animals from insects to beasts. He used to go on long walks and nature hikes to observe the motions and expressions of living animals. When he found dead creatures, he would pick them up and keep them in order to dissect the insects and reptiles to learn about their anatomy. His studio was always full of animals, both living and dead, and their pictures are filling his notebooks. His infatuation with living creature wasn’t limited to scientific interest but included deep affection and sympathy. As an adult, Leonardo was known to sometimes visit marketplaces, and purchase birds that were sold for food or decorations, just in order to set them free. Although he subscribed to the world view of the time, where humans were the pinnacle of creation, he still did not observe animals as a resource to be consumed and used by humankind. He believed that they are sentient, emotional beings, who should have life free of suffering. In one of his journal-entries he criticizes farmers who consume meat, and accuses them of cannibalism. ‘After working with the oxen shoulder-to-shoulder, how can these people eat their laborers?’[paraphrased for simplicity]

5. His first work

6. Creatively connecting the unconnected:


The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (13 minutes) – ages 7-12

Childhood and education 0-4

Listen to Yuval and write down

+ prepare an illustration slide to print or project as background

1. Heat oven to 425F* and prepare the dough – 15 minutes

2. Rise / Tell story about Da Vinci- 15 minutes**

3. Create hybrids – 15 minutes

4. Hand out pans, and prepare the pizza/garlic bread dish – 20 minutes

5. Bake, cool down and slice / recipe book collage – 20 minutes

6. Wrap up – 5 minutes

1. Heat oven to 425F and prepare the pizza/garlic bread dish – 20 minutes

2. Bake / Tell story about Da Vinci (if time allows – create hybrids)- 20 minutes

3. Wrap up – 5 minutes

90 Minutes
45 Minutes

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