We've had mixed results making pizza at home, so I was happy to see an article and slide show on this topic in the New York Times. The author recommends making your own dough with a starter. That's just not happening around here, when I can get bags of pre-made dough in the supermarket for $1.50. You can also buy pre-made dough from your favorite pizza parlor.
Some of the other tips could be implemented. The author says to pull the dough rather than use a rolling pin. I'm not sure if my fingers are that talented, but we'll try it out. Also, the author recommends really cranking up the oven, putting the pizza stone at the bottom of the oven, and keeping it hot for an hour before putting the pizza in there. We'll try that out, too. But maybe not in August.
Pizza is a great cooking activity for kids. I let the boys roll out the dough themselves and pick their toppings. I usually put the rolled dough on the hot stone and quickly add the ingredients for them. Maybe if I had a metal pizza mover (correct term?), it would be easier to transfer the uncooked pizza to the hot oven.