Welcome to the first installment of a new series: The Prop Report. In this series, I plan to share my favorite (purchased) props and rewards that I use in my ESL classroom. The link to the product is an affiliate link, so if you choose to purchase the item through the link, I get a little bonus. For more info about this series of posts, you can read my overview and full disclaimers here.
Wooden Mix & Match Magnetic Pan Pizza
Recommended for ESL classroom?
Recommended for hands on learning?
This is a fun set to play with. The wood is very sturdy, and the pieces are thick. I love that the pizza makes a “slicing sound” when you cut it, and there is a wide variety of toppings which would make great vocabulary extension. (It also makes the pizza colorful!)
For an online classroom, it’s a little bit bulky to hold up to the camera, especially if you drop things like I do. It’s difficult to “slice” the pizza and get the slices to come apart without dropping pieces. (The velcro is way stronger than the magnets!) When you hold the slices up to the camera, you can also see the velcro on the sides of the slices unless you strategically cover the sides with your fingers, so it takes away from the realism of the pizza.
See it in action:
You can see my unofficial product demo here: The Prop Report – Episode 1
I would buy this for my own children (if they weren’t adults, that is.) I would also add this to a brick and mortar or home school classroom setup. I just wouldn’t recommend it for an online classroom.
If you would like to purchase it, here’s the link on Amazon.com:
Have you tried this product or similar ones? Let me know what you thought in the comments!